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And, by all means, keep them in a dark place.

Steve Smolian

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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Temperature Requirements for CDs and digital media


> There is an ISO standard (ISO18925 2002) that does provide some general
> recommendations. The following are taken directly from the standard:
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> Relative Humidity (RH) should be between 20 and 50%.
>
> Cycling of RH should not be greater than plus/minus 10%
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> Maximum temperature for extended periods should not exceed 25 degrees C.
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> Temperatures below 23 degrees C are preferable.
>
> Peak temperature should not exceed 32 degrees C.
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> Useful life will be increased by storing discs at low temperature and low
> relative humidity, since chemical degradation is reduced at these
> conditions. Storage of discs below   -10 degrees C and below 10% RH is not
> recommended.
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> Note if storing discs at cool or cold temperatures, ensure they are
> packaged correctly in order to avoid moisture condensation on the discs as
> they warm up to use conditions.
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> Joe Iraci
> Senior Conservation Scientist
> Canadian Conservation Institute
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> Can anyone tell me what, if any optimal conditions are required for CDs
> and digital media?  I know there are specific temperature requirements
> for magnetic media and film but I don't know if there are any conclusive
> recommendations for digital formats.  Is there an answer to this
> question?
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