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RE: Dinos on the WEB? Please respond
At 16:00 11/15/95 -0500, Derek Tearne wrote:
>>>There are however one or two disadvantages that need to be worked out:
>>>1. how do make sure that this information will be accessible 20 or 200 years
>>>from now as technology changes? This is one that will bother us for some
>>>time to come i fear.
>This is a much more serious problem than most people would believe. There
>are questions over how long CD ROMs last for instance, even if
>they last for 30 years will there still be readers for them.
>8 inch floppy disks anyone?
>If one of those huge repositaries of information has a problem
>during an upgrade to an even huger technology and the backup
>doesn't work we've potentially lost a huge amount of data.
The United States government has huge amounts of data that was compiled during
the time of WW-II that is both permanently saved and permanently lost.
Permanently saved, in that it was made as a magnetic -wire- recording. Huge
amounts of census data, historical scientific research dealing with the
beginnings of the Atomic Age, strategic data on WW-II.
Permanently lost. When did you last see a magnetic -wire- recorder.
That's only 50 years ago.