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Re: "Digital Dark Age"



In a message dated 2/9/99 6:22:07 PM Pacific Standard Time,
joycej@MUSKOX.ALASKA.EDU writes:

<<  "Digital storage is easy; digital
 preservation is not." >>

Hogwash. Propaganda posed by people who really don't comprehend what the
modern open-architecture (aka IBM PC) computer has brought to the game.
Invariabliy these "experts" point to some obsolete closed-architecture (aka as
proprietary) computer systems as their examples of how digital data is lost.
However, with the advent of the modern IBM-clone machine, which has been
produced in the multimillions and will continue to be produced in the
multimillions for many years to come, will always be available in one form or
another. With the base computer always available,  all that is needed is the
software and a CD-ROM and your digital data is good for several centuries
easy.  IMHO the only acceptable archival storage medium for digital data is a
CD-ROM.  Use of a standard format, such as tiff, guarentees that there will
always be a means available to read the image. The other important part is to
produce a whole bunch of the CD-ROMs and make sure that they are widely
distributed around the world.

The basic rational behind this is the extreme number (almost certainly
hundreds of millions by now) of CD-ROM readers that have been produced and
will continue to be produced. There will be a CD-ROM reader installed in every
PC produced for decades to come. - I'll bet that just about everyone reading
this message has a CD-ROM reader within arms reach. -  Even if another format
takes over, such as DVD, the new readers will have to be backwards compatable
with the CD-ROM format to be succesful.

dt fletcher


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