CLIR published the following item today and it's available (full-text)
Care and Handling of CDs and DVDs: A Guide for Librarians and
Archivists (48 pages) by Fred R. Byers
Abstract: This report describes in nontechnical language the various
of CDs and DVDs now in use, how they are made, and how they work. It
distills current industry knowledge about disc longevity, conditions
affect life expectancy, and how to care for optical media. The guide is
amply illustrated and includes a glossary and bibliography.
The guide's author, Fred R. Byers, is a technical staff member in the
Convergent nformation Systems Division of the Information Technology
Laboratory at NIST.
While the guide was written for use by librarians and archivists, it
be equally useful for any business or individual wishing to safeguard CD
or DVD collections.
Below the abstract you can click on "full text" for the full report in
html, or on "PDF" for that, or, if you know you want the .pdf, you could
go directly to: <http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub121/pub121.pdf>
You can also order a printed version to be mailed to you, from the first
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