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Re: [ARSCLIST] Article about digital archiving in the NY Times
At 11:43 AM 2008-04-09, Bob Olhsson wrote:
From Marcos Sueiro Bal: "..."Economic sustainability is the new mantra of
those who would preserve
This, after all, IS the Achilles' heel of digital media. It totally depends
on technology that is only affordable when mass produced and that
historically has generally become obsolete within a few short years. We
can't play the first decade of digital recordings.
That is very true and at issue there was that the data was stored in
a proprietary format, not a generic format. What we are doing now is
moving media storage into generic storage. While I may have trouble
reading some 360 kB floppies from my original IBM-PCXT, I do not
worry, because long ago, I went through a floppy blitz and burned
them onto a CD. I did not have the 1800 or so floppies that would fit
on one CD.
Later, when I moved into mass disk storage which I've discussed at
length here as a possible model for other users (currently 3 TB of
storage with multiple copies of each (total disc capacity is about 7
TB)), I simply copied that one CD into a folder on the drives in an
overall "archives" folder.
While I may have difficulty accessing some of the early word
processor and spreadsheet files because of software obsolescence,
none of the TXT or JPG files from that era are any harder to open
than they were at that time -- in fact, they are much easier to open
as we're not waiting for floppy disks to click-click-whirr-chugg.
I only see it easier moving forward. The contents of my disparate
storage appliances at multiple locations will all nicely fit into one
storage appliance a generation or two down the road and when it comes
time for the children to set up their own homes, a RAID array or
similar device will carry all the digital family memorabilia with
them I suspect 1 TB or at the most 2 TB will be all we'll need for
the slide collections, the scrap books, etc. While I'm not disposing
of my originals, it's nice for the kids to have their own,
high-quality copies--the whole thing sitting in less than one foot on
one shelf with an ethernet port and a power cord (UPS extra).
I think we needed the dedicated formats (like Soundstream, Mitsubishi
X8x, and Sony DASH) to kick-start the digital industry, but I think
that now that we've moved into commodity storage, that will be
something that, in some form, will be available for the foreseeable future.
What used to cost a fortune to store is now peanuts.
Richard L. Hess email: richard@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Aurora, Ontario, Canada (905) 713 6733 1-877-TAPE-FIX
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