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Hatch wrote:I am not dead set against anything. I'm just pointing out the real challenges to electronic data storage for long term archival. You have to define a problem before you can develop the solution.
In my previous post I suggested several possible means of long term storage of electronic data.
The problem I see here is that you aren't seeing the scope of what you are proposing. You're talking about storing data in PDF on a hard drive and calling it Alexandria II. In 100 years, will PDF still be a readable format? Will the hard drive be able to be plugged into a computer to be read? Look how much computer hardware interfaces have changed in 20 years, and extrapolate the problem to 100 or 1000 years.
Say I discovered one of the first hard drives ever manufactured in the basement of a university, along with notes or documents to suggest that it contained valuable scientific research. First, no modern computer would have an interface to plug it in, so I'd have to build an interface adapter (provided I could find specs for the old interface) or I would have to cobble together scavenged antique computer hardware to read the disk.
Provided I can connect the disk and it spins up, I now have to read the data from it. If the documents were written in an antique proprietary format, that might be a big problem. And we're only talking about the span of decades here.
So I'm not naysaying just to aggravate, I'm trying to point out the real challenges to what you propose, so that real solutions might be discussed.
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