Most of the archival institutional work we have been doing specifies
that the file size be stated in bytes, mostly so an easy determination
can be made as to whether and data might be missing (along with a MD5
file confirmation). It is always easy to do the math to convert it back
down to KB or MB.

Scott D. Smith

Chicago Audio Works, Inc.

Brandon Burke wrote:

> All,
> I am tweaking some fields in our audio collections database and was
> wondering how the rest of you record file sizes.
> Do you allow for different units such as MB and GB in your databases...or
> are you converting everything into bytes?  I'm assuming most standards
> prefer you to hang your hat on a universal unit like byte.  But this
> causes
> some problems in that (a) every file size has to be converted into bytes
> and (b) most users, archivists included, don't see the world in terms of
> bytes.  When I'm trying to figure out how many files are going to fit
> on X
> hard drive or Y CD-R I'm looking at MGs and GBs only.
> How are you recording this data...?
> thanks as always,
> Brandon Burke
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