Let's develop an open-source media archive standard

From: Antonio Carlini <a.carlini_at_ntlworld.com>
Date: Wed Aug 11 18:13:40 2004

> To look at it differently -- if you handed someone a CDROM, and a
> stack of standards describing it (ISO 9660, the Red Book, etc.) but no
> computer and no CDROM drive, is that person likely to have enough
> information to recover the data on the disk? I expect the answer is
> "no, not even close".

I would hope that the standards give you enough information
to be able to build a CDROM drive and read back the bits
on there. I'm assuming that the stack of standards includes
information on the way the bits hang together too (the
file-system or whatever).

You ould probably not need to build the CDROM drive
for just one CD. All you need, in principle, is a
high resolution microscope and either a lot of time
or some image processing software.

What is it that you think is not properly described in
the standards?


Antonio Carlini arcarlini_at_iee.org
Received on Wed Aug 11 2004 - 18:13:40 BST

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