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Old 08-15-2007, 09:51 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Benwiggy View Post
The main problem for libraries that seek to preserve and conserve works is that digital media must be continually migrated to new physical formats.
Laser discs from the 80s? 5.25" floppy disks? 8-track audio cassettes? Try finding a hardware device that can read them today.
Then there is the whole issue of file formats.... Word Perfect v1.0, anyone?
Then, you don't see or predict any trend for libraries going digital?? I was thinking they might be looking at PDFs. But you're right, formating always changes, which creates a problem. And then, what is the longevity of the discs themselves(?), which might be another problem. Still, I'm sure sooner or later it will happen one way or another.

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