Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Archives and Time Machines

Andrew Kantor has a current article on electronic archiving in the Roanoke Times, beginning You can still read the Declaration of Independence, even though it’s more than 225 years old — it’s on paper of proven quality. Ditto for thousands of other documents and records dating back centuries.

Although written in 2000, Gail Hodge's article, Best Practices for Digital Archiving" in D-Lib magazine is still useful. A more current source of information is the Byte and Switch piece on e-discovery. ISO has weighed in, with a history of their work in archiving standards available here and a reference for open access technical data here (pdf).

The American Institute of Physics archive policy is instructive. For entrepreneurs however, the Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Journal may be more useful. In this context, it's nice to know that Apple's Leopard Time Machine will be available.

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