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Hi All, While not specifically video related, there has been some
discussion on the listserv recently regarding the archival nature or
longevity of the digital medium (CDs, DVDs, HDDVD, etc.) compared to
microform types. I heartily agree with what has been said - mainly that the
hard forms of microfilm are much more stable than the digital mediums.
Interestingly enough, when I was doing research for a past book, I spoke to
Dr. Alan Calmes, a media archivist with the National Archives about the
video format/archival issue. He actually said that, surprisingly, the media
lasted much longer than the equipment to play it on - meaning that the
Archives spent a substantial amount of time/money in upkeep of obsolete
equipment - (i.e. laserdiscs, beta, 3/4 U-matic, etc.). Anyway, I wanted to
show you that media librarians aren't the only people interested in this
cunundrum. My sister works for the NSA and received this e-mail article
discussing the problems of archiving digital material from a
machine-readable perspective. Apparently, several companies are designing
virtual computers that will be able to read various formats (i.e. rtf. doc.
pdf., etc.). All they have to do is keep the large mainframe/super
computers on line. Anyway, I just thought it might be interesting to you.
Let me know what you think about this concept - maybe we can get some
librarians to help in this archival problem.
Jim Scholtz, Library Director
Yankton Community Library
515 Walnut St.
Yankton, SD 57078