[Tig] How much time film really has?
bfriesen at simple.dallas.tx.us
Thu May 16 20:23:21 BST 2013
On Thu, 16 May 2013, Robert Houllahan wrote:
> I agree that the information on the "speck" that is a 1.44 floppy
> disc can be migrated, to some degree, but there are caveats. The
> data may be migrated but that data may only be accessible on a
> system/software which does not run on a modern computer. Also with
> all of the proprietary data formats reconstruction of older data
> becomes a archeaelogical project.
The concern about old/proprietary data formats is a real concern.
The problem with proprietary data formats is becoming worse rather
than better, with new digital camera systems sourcing vendor-specific
formats and a trend to store all original source elements. When the
software that understands these formats and the original source
elements expires, then the digital data becomes distressed.
> Lastly about digital data, IMO there is no neglect tolerance, miss a
> migration step and that data will be lost forever, not so with film
> and it's long shelf life.
Everyone agrees with this. Active curation and management is
required, even it if can be automated. You can't just put the digital
media in a dry cave and hope for the best.
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