At 11:59 PM 2006-12-12, Steven C. Barr(x) wrote:
>If this implies what I suspect it may...it gets me thinking about
>a further possibility! Since sound files for the most part start out
>in digital form...and image files (as well as possibly text files,
>such as books...!) can be converted to digital files by scanning...
>how long will it be before libraries are converted to institutions
>with huge multi-disc servers, and clients can access the contents
>either using monitors at the "library" or by downloading (onto a
>digital medium...possibly DVD-R...?) the desired item, in digital
>form, for later use. There would be a lot of monetary details to
>be worked out (or special short-lifespan media would have to
>be used...?)...but think of how much space would be saved, as
>well as an end to worrying about the lifespan of the artifacts
>Will future libraries be measured in terabytes (or whatever
It's PetaBytes and don't make the mistake Sony once did in naming a
project the PetaFile...
Steven, you need to read more <smile>....this is happening. Try D-Lib
and CLIR and some other digital library publications (online).
Many libraries and most universities are creating institutional
repositories (IRs). Stanford, UofToronto, UofVictoria, Indiana
University, Harvard, MIT and I assume most others, but these I know
from personal experience, all have IRs. Univ of California Santa
Barbara has a large cylinder collection online as I'm sure you're aware.
Most IRs are taking "born digital" product. The amount of
retrospective digitization varies. Obviously, UCSB's cylinders are
all retrospective digitization. Stanford has retrospectively
digitized all the stuff in the Ampex collection. UVic is having me
digitize oral histories about its founding years. Michael Casey who
is active in ARSC at IU is retrospectively ingesting their collection
of world music.
Stanford is also digitizing a portion of their print image
collections. Corbis is doing that with Black Star's image collection
somewhere in a limestone mine in NW Pennsylvania.
Some have made the argument that digital storage is less costly than
physical storage, although many/most institutions doing retrospective
digitization are retaining the original artifact.
It's a fascinating area. But, to gain an alternate perspective, one
must read Nicholson Baker's "Double Fold"
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