Let's develop an open-source media archive standard

From: Vintage Computer Festival <vcf_at_siconic.com>
Date: Tue Aug 10 18:04:04 2004

Ok, instead of all the unproductive bickering over semantics (most of
which is illogical...come on, admit it) I'd rather we actually discuss
developing further an open-source, public domain, free (in every sense of
the word) standard for archiving data media of all types (magentic, paper,
or otherwise).

This is basically going to be a continuation of what we've already
discussed on the list, and what Hans and I have discussed in private.

First, let's start with the goals.

The format should be:

1) Well Documented (with such documentation actively preserved in all four
corners of the globe and beyond)
2) Not constrained to any particular hardware
3) Be inclusive of all physical (and logical?) manner of recording media
4) Be implementable on even the simplest architectures (because the
original media source will in many cases have to be read on the hardware
it is connected to)
5) Open source, public domain, etc. (although a copyright may be held if
it makes sense to do so)
6) Adaptable, expandable, revisable (for future extensions)
7) Text-based and storable in commonly accessible character formats (i.e.
a suitable subset of Unicode, i.e. ASCII)
8) Allow for the representation of media in either logical or physical
(raw bit stream) formats

This is a good start. Someone please continue adding to the definition.
I will establish a special session at the next VCF (November 6-7) where
we can commence a committee for formalizing this standard and getting it
recognized internationally in all the various relevant groups (i.e. ANSI
or ISO/IEC).

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