Your specific technical concerns are a bit beyond my knowledge and
expertise, but I'll bet there are those on this list who can address them.
I do believe Richard Hess's recommendation to form a partnership with your
existing IT department is a wise one. You are also wise to fully inform
yourself prior to discussions with them - it's easy to get led along the
path that IT wants to pursue just by virtue of not fully understanding what
is involved. If you can form a good cooperative working relationship with
IT, you will have a much easier time of it.
At 06:01 AM 2/16/2006, you wrote:
>Dear Russ Hamm,
> >> You said, "the necessity to adhere to high standards for data
> integrity... My belief is that >>organizations have turned over much too
> much power to IT departments - just because no one else >>understands the
> technology. IT too often tells organizational management what they have
> to do >>rather than the other way around."
>You capture perfectly my concern. It is those "high standards for data
>integrity" that I am trying to identify best practices for so that I can
>steer the conversation with our IT staff a little better than I am
>presently able to.
>I am confident we have a good backup plan, S-DLT copies separated
>geographically (although the archival data is not treated any differently
>than the corporate data), a high quality server infrastucture with clean
>power and fire suppression. But, it is what I don't know, how to confirm
>the integrity of data through all steps of ingest, preservation and
>access, that I am most concerned about.
>OAIS is a great "high level" approach which we are looking into but, it is
>not meant to address technical issues on the level that I am trying to.
>Thanks again everyone.
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