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Re: [ARSCLIST] Hard disk drives and DAT/ calculating the future / Use LTO's

OUTSOURCING! *ducking*

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From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
[mailto:ARSCLIST@xxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Andes, Donald
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 7:31 PM
To: ARSCLIST@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Hard disk drives and DAT/ calculating the future /
Use LTO's

I'm all for partnering. It's vital for EVERYONE, as no one (or company)
has the ability to know everything about everything. You should however
have a general understanding about the areas in whch your partners are
working to protect your own intrests.

Archiving in a digital world is a tricky landscape, and that's why I
never understand those who try to take it all on themselves. If you're a
institution/company, establish your function, and honestly evaluate what
you can and can't do, with your available personnel and financial

If you can't (or don't know how to) transfer or digitize, let an expert
do it. If you have digitized and can't host or migrate, then hand the
stuff off to an organization that can. Wiping your hands clean, knowing
you did "your job".

I feel that most here are in a place where they would like to do
everything: digitize, increase accessibility, increase collection size,
host online, etc. However, maybe your best bet is just raising money (or
awareness), and PAYING people to do all the rest of the work.

For example, my dad used to spend his free time/weekends fixing the
car(s), moving the lawn, painting the house, etc. In today's world, I
wouldn't think of doing that with my free time. I focus on making the
salary needed to have those things done by people who are professionals
in their trade.

It's a different way of thinking. You can call it off loading,
partnering, dependency whatever. At the end of the day, it's about
you/your institution doing what it's good at, and not trying to "do it

Don Andes
Director of Archives
EMI Music

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From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
[mailto:ARSCLIST@xxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Richard L. Hess
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 5:03 PM
To: ARSCLIST@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Hard disk drives and DAT/ calculating the future
/ Use LTO's

At 07:48 PM 2007-03-28, Andes, Donald wrote:
>Based on stereo 16/44.1 recording, which yields 10MB of data for each 
>Minute of audio

Many projects are at 96/24, some are multitrack. I'm not sure if that
hurts/helps your argument. To put this in perspective, multiple archives
in North America even archive spoken-word cassettes at 96/24. They claim
IASA TC-04 requires this, but a careful reading of
TC-04 does not support that.

I am not in favor of hard drives on the shelf by any means. I'm not sure
who is in this discussion. BUT when I say "hard drive" I mean a kit in
an enclosure, its own power supply, and a USB/FW interface with eSATA
coming soon.

My drives all spin and are checked. I have yet to implement MD5, but
will on the next project.

The last bit of this discussion has centred around institutional
repositories of various natures and "other cost saving methods".

What you state is true for EMI, but I do not see archives with smaller
digitization projects investing in any technology like NAS RAIDs, LTO,
or whatever and migrating them. That's my concern--the migration in the
hands of the smaller archive. SOME of the people with content don't have
the in-house capability of moving forward without some type of outside
help IMHO. That is why I am pushing for partnering where the partner
worries about the SAN RAID, the LTO or whatever--and the archive/client
on the system is a small piece of the overall collection.



Richard L. Hess                   email: richard@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Aurora, Ontario, Canada       (905) 713 6733     1-877-TAPE-FIX
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