Nick Lamb wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 14, 2000 at 09:58:07AM +0800, Steve Underwood wrote:
> > If you want to do archival storage of documents, do it on paper.
> Ha ha ha. I'm sure that's true if your #1 concern is "these documents
> must still exist at some defined point in the future", which is a
> common legal requirement. For me though, you can't beat actually being
> able to _access_ the archived documents... for that reason our document
> images are on big fast magnetic disks :)
The subject was scanning for archival storage of flakey documents. The
point is, this is going the wrong way. The flakiest things are the digital
media. Five years from now your disks probably won't be here. 10 years from
now they certainly won't. If you keep regularly copying to new disks you
still have a high probability of calamatous failure along the way, loosing
large chunks of data.
Scanners are great for getting working copies of images onto your big fast,
but oh so flaky, hard disks. That's all.
Only a small portion of archival requirements are for legal reasons. Think
how thin your school history books would have been, if everything were
stored on modern digital media since the time of the Egyptians....... Hey
wait a minute, I like the idea of that!
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