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Re: CHAT: facing your own mortality (as a conlanger)

Date:Thursday, July 3, 2008, 3:22
> [] On Behalf Of Jim Henry
> > Putting on an archivist hat (mainly paper, ephemera and
artefacts) it is
> > so easy for records and documents to be lost. They end up
> > the bed, or the equivalent thereof; and the next generation
places no
> > value on them. Electronic records are even scarier. We
have no
> > guarantees for the survival of electronic records, their
> > or access to them on the time scale that archivists would
like to work. I think digital versions have the potiential to live much longer because they propogate easily. If I make a thousand copies of a book, it's likely that in fifty years only a few will still be around and they will probably be tattered and torn with brittle pages that turn immediately to dust. Digital versions could be duplicated instantly from person to person to person, ad infinitum without any loss of quality. The only problems that arise with digital forms are the periodic changes in types of media. For example, I still have a container full of 5.25" floppy disks in the original Apple II format. I keep them in the hopes of someday retrieving the data. Nothing really important, just a few cheesy programs that I wrote, and some of my earliest conscripts but I'd like to get them back sometime. Not too unlike the old reels of 8mm films that I'd like to have transferred to DVD, then they could be easily copied and distributed to the whole family.


Tristan McLeay <conlang@...>