Future of CDROM, DVD, etc.
rjensen at SAINTMARYS.EDU
Thu Apr 27 10:43:10 CDT 2000
On Thu, 27 Apr 2000, Julian Humphries wrote:
> There are over 500 million CDROM drives in the world today spread from one
> end of the planet to the other. Even ignoring Chris Thompson's argument
> that backward compatibility is far more inportant today than it was 30
> years ago, you will have ready access to a CDROM reader for at least your
> lifetime. And most folks will take their entire CDROM collections (say
> 1000 disks) and transfer them to a single Petacube(tm) in 2010. Almost
> everything I own digitally I have several digital copies of, don't you? I
> sure didn't for cards or tapes.
Well, to be honest, I do have backups of all electronic copies and I do
have backups of all punch card (one set archived where I did my
Ph.D. and the other set here with me) and magnetic tape copies.
> But even this is a moot point. Do you really think Chapman and Hall (or
> have they been bought by somebody else?) gives a tinkers dam about our
> longterm needs? We are living in a new economy and *we* don't have the
> choice whether to continue old fashion printed intellectual property. If
> they go, they go.
And the same can't be said for companies that manufacture electronic
media? I seem to recall many new versions of computers and software that
had no backward compatibility. It's less a problem now, but when things
are market driven, they have no guaranteed longevity or stability.
I'm not a luddite longing for the "good old days." But, I am trying to be
conservative when planning for the future. I don't know what direction
things will go. I do know that I have something that has stood the test
of time and am not willing to discard that for what might be. Think long
>There are lots of ways to ensure that digital data don't
> get lost: federated registries, digital libraries, the Library of Congress,
> distributed repositories, etc. Longing for the good old days won't make
> the return. We need to move forward and make the technology work for us (as
> Chris T. and the Diptera project are doing). Think infrastructure.
> Julian Humphries
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