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Re: [ARSCLIST] Hard disk drives and DAT

History has shown again and again that market-driven private-sector technology advances faster and costs less. But, alas, we're in a phase of extreme greed-driven vulture capitalism right now, so the private sector is wholly unreliable. But, a Big Government or Big Academia project would be sure to be over-budget, late and dysfunctional, given the track record of the past 40 years or so.

I think anyone expecting the cavalry to ride in already has an arrow in their back. It's everyone for themselves.

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- From: "John Spencer" <js@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <ARSCLIST@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 12:29 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Hard disk drives and DAT


I'm not ready to go along with the assumption that all commercial digital repositories charge a "per-chunk, per-time-period fee". There are many cost models for these types of service, based on the Service Level Agreement agreed to by the repository and the customer.

To assume "if you don't keep paying your data goes to the bit bucket in the sky", well, isn't the same true for gas, electricity, water, etc? Not quite sure I agree with the statement - and it would seem than anyone using an outsourced digital repository would have physical backups of the data somewhere else, if a proper disaster plan is in place.

Are university systems inherently less prone to disaster?

I'd like more help to understand why university repositories in general are superior to those in the commercial space (and have the implied "added value" of existing in perpetuity).


John Spencer
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On Mar 27, 2007, at 6:59 PM, George Brock-Nannestad wrote:

Hello Richard,

you wrote a good argument for being more optimistic than I am and a  generally
interesting discussion. However, the greatest argument for some  optimism was
in a response to John Spencer,
in which you stated:

"The commercial digital repositories that I am aware of charge a
per-chunk, per-time-period fee and if you don't keep paying your data
goes to the bit bucket in the sky. The university systems I am
familiar with have a higher cost-of-entry, but for a one-time fee
they are storing your data in perpetuity"

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