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JohnInKansas 14 Jan 09 - 09:50 PM
Deckman 14 Jan 09 - 11:01 PM
Don Firth 14 Jan 09 - 11:09 PM
JohnInKansas 14 Jan 09 - 11:24 PM
GUEST,Ralphie 15 Jan 09 - 12:36 AM
GUEST,Ralphie 15 Jan 09 - 05:49 AM
GUEST,Geoff 15 Jan 09 - 12:30 PM
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Subject: Digital Archiving
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 14 Jan 09 - 09:50 PM

Starting a new thread, since I have a short-term offer for y'all.

Okay, I finally got around to reading one of my magazines from October 2002 (I'm a little behind?), and found a pretty interesting article on Archiving of Digital Data.

Even though it may be somewhat dated by now, it still discusses some of the methods being used, or being considered. It also discusses what's wrong with all of the methods most of us – including a lot of people who are really serious about this – are using. I'm not sure it offers a workable solution, but it does suggest a few things that those who need it might want to watch for, in case someone publishes or commercializes a really good method.

The article appeared in the October Issue of Technology Review and is still available there in archives. To get into the archives, you have to register and log in at Technology Review. Once logged in, you can click on "Magazine" in the header, where you can click on "Archives" and put in "2002" and look for the "white cover with a frozen floppy" for October. The article should appear as a "lead article" with title "Data Extinction." (Scary enough to get your attention?)

Those who don't want to register, or who for some reason can't, probably can browse a few current articles without signing in and should find something interesting, and if you're really interested (while the 'cat is still up) give me a PM with an email address and I can send a Word document containing the article (minus the fancy pictures that were in the original, since they're not archived). The .doc is about 8 pages, too long to post here, and approximately 56KB.

John


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Subject: RE: Digital Archiving
From: Deckman
Date: 14 Jan 09 - 11:01 PM

I just sent you a PM.


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Subject: RE: Digital Archiving
From: Don Firth
Date: 14 Jan 09 - 11:09 PM

I'm interested also, John. Sounds good. PM with e-mail address on the way.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Digital Archiving
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 14 Jan 09 - 11:24 PM

I was a little disappointed with the article, or maybe "depressed" is a better word, since it pointed out obvious shortcomings with what we like to think are the best methods now.

It does give some ideas of some better - plus additional - ways we might do it if someone makes the better stuff available; but probably isn't of too much immediate help.

It gives clues about what to watch for, and even with the shortcomings, it does summarize what you might do now, until more permanent methods get here.

(I'm making a list, to get copies sent soon. Probably will send it to myself with BCCs to everyone who wants it, although you might get a personal copy if there aren't too many.)

John


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Subject: RE: Digital Archiving
From: GUEST,Ralphie
Date: 15 Jan 09 - 12:36 AM

Hi John in Kansas
Would love a copy!! Can you add me to your list of recipients?

ralphie01@btinternet.com.

Many thanks in advance

Ralphie.


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Subject: RE: Digital Archiving
From: GUEST,Ralphie
Date: 15 Jan 09 - 05:49 AM

Thanks Kansas John!
Just got the text, will now make a large coffee, and retire, ruminating, and head scratching!!
Bless and Regards Ralphie


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Subject: RE: Digital Archiving
From: GUEST,Geoff
Date: 15 Jan 09 - 12:30 PM

Dear John,
Yours is indeed a kind offer please may I accept it

Geoff.

geoffspeed@tiscali.co.uk


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Subject: RE: Digital Archiving
From: Surreysinger
Date: 15 Jan 09 - 05:38 PM

John ... I've got a professional archivist in the family who's interested in digital archiving .. I've sent you a PM request :-)
Irene


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