Just want to correct something I said a couple days ago. I just
learned thayt the Library of Congress Audio Preservation lab now makes
their playback copies on CD-R, not DAT. The master preservation is still
One thing I also said that I'm not as sure about now. I said
something like analog preservation will no longer be possible in the
near future. I based this on the steady attrition of suppliers of
magnetic tape, assuming that demand would dry up to the point that tape
would no longer be available at all. Does anyone disagree with this? I
suppose that tape could be made to order by someone (?), but it would
have to be much more expensive than it is now.
I still think digital is the way for archives to go eventually,
mostly because a well planned digital repository can handle quality
control and migration better.