[Taxacom] Proposed ICZN amendments on electronic publishing

Jim Croft jim.croft at gmail.com
Wed Dec 10 13:54:14 CST 2008

Making it cheap does not make it robust.

One of the points I was trying to make was that the volume of data is
or will be so huge that it will be impossible to verify it all at each
technology migration point and glitches, once introduced may not be
detected an will be propagated through future iterations.  It was not
perfect in the olden days and the equivalent were errors of
translation and transcription - but the generation times were much
much longer and there was always likely to be an 'original' somewhere
to go back to.

As for the leadership, wisdom and vision of managerialist economic
rationalism forcing libraries into discarding knowledge and the
foundation soul of the planet, what can I say?


On Wed, Dec 10, 2008 at 5:09 PM, Curtis Clark
<jcclark-lists at earthlink.net> wrote:
> On 2008-12-04 23:11, Jim Croft wrote:
>> While we can say it is 'all
>> important' too, in the migrating digital world importance is (or has
>> been) guaged by whether the item is still in use at the time of
>> migration.   For managers of archival things and information, this is
>> the stuff of nightmares.
> Our information security folks are considering getting a network
> monitoring appliance that comes standard with 14 terabytes of storage
> and can be expanded, iirc, to 200 terabytes, and that's for storing
> *network traffic* in order to investigate security breaches. I just
> recently installed a 1 terabyte second drive in my computer at work.
> Storage is so ridiculously cheap that it is easier and less costly to
> save everything when data are transferred than it is to winnow. At the
> same time, our library has discarded physical books for lack of storage
> space. As the world fills up with stuff, digital records may be
> increasingly more likely to be retained than physical ones.
> --
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