At 07:33 PM 3/5/2003 -0500, [log in to unmask] wrote:
>The moral is to by all means make digital transfers for access, distribution,
>and distributed archiving, but keep the originals as long as possible. The
>end is not yet near.
I agree wholeheartedly. In fact, one key issue is determining when to
capture the source given not only the cost of doing so but the damage done
in most cases. In the case of the Maplesons, should Seltsam not have done
his selective transfer given that any subsequent playing was significantly
damaged by his effort?
It is all but inevitable that capturing an analogue source will damage it
to some extent. Certainly, there is risk of accident whenever it is
handled. I do not envy the decision-maker who says: capture now just before
a better methodology appears.
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