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

From: Patent Tactics, George Brock-Nannestad

Donald Andes wrote:

> Why digitize if you can't keep what you already have straight?
> Digitizing just adds a mountain of metadata/formating issues to the mix.
> I'm no proponent of cassettes, but I'd rather adopt a box of those over
> a box of misc. flash drives.

----- there is one good reason: after this crucial initial step, you will be 
able to clone your way in preservation: noise- and distortionless migration, 
but obviously you need to know what your fields in the metadata refer to. 
While I lament the lack of a century medium, that medium should be digital, 
to go with a century system. That, obviously, is also the only relevant for 
born-digital material. Richard's labor-intensive use of Gold Discs is 
presently the best on offer, and that is frustrating. Robots exist that would 
do that, however.

Best wishes,


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