preserving / ressurecting old docs?

From: Sellam Ismail <>
Date: Fri Jun 22 11:43:39 2001

On Fri, 22 Jun 2001, Brian Chase wrote:

> > I completely recommend AGAINST destroying the original. Not only is it in
> > some cases a historical artifact on its own, if the digital copy were ever
> > to be lost then you're SOL.
> I'm against the idea of destroying the original as well, but I think
> your point about losing the digital copy is pretty silly. It's
> digital... just make lots of copies and spread them around. I'd say
> it's a lot more dangerous to only have the original.

Brian, this has been discussed at great length before (perhaps you weren't
around then). Hard copies of documents have survived thousands of years.
Digital magnetic media has only been around for at most 25-30 years. We
don't know what's going to happen to that data 50, 100, 500 years from

If we're going to be preservationists or archivists, it would be wise to
be as conservative as possible, and assume the worst.

Digital copies, everywhere, sure. But I still prefer to hang on to the

Sellam Ismail Vintage Computer Festival
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