Re: Joel Chadabe interviews Jean Gagnon regarding Archiving

Subject: Re: Joel Chadabe interviews Jean Gagnon regarding Archiving
From: David Mooney (
Date: Tue Jun 21 2005 - 18:44:46 EDT

A note of hope...

A friend worked recently for several years on a project for
the U.S. Copyright Office. They wanted to set up a way for
people to submit work digitally. It appears that the as yet
unanswered question in this bit of tangle over intellectual
property is same issue: In what format should such work be
submitted so that it will be accessible in the future? Same
for all those digital archives showing up online sponsored
by libraries, historical societies and the like. How do you
do this so that the material will be accessible in the
future? It is indeed a big issue, but the info technology
people are making progress. For example:

Though this appears to be "only" a tagging system a lot of
work lies behind it--the difficult and tedious work of
developing standards for preservizing digital material.
IMHO, after years of working with online library materials,
a solution is on the way that I believe will include music.
The need is just too big for it not to happen. The
literature in the library, info-tech and preservation fields
is full of this stuff, though primarily for now relating to
text and images.

Dennis Bathory-Kitsz wrote:
> At 03:26 AM 6/20/05 EDT, wrote:
> >And what do we do about the old reel to reel tapes?
> You touch on the the very problem that the Chadabe interview bogs down on
> (as Gagnon appears to fret more over definitions than practice) -- the
> practical side
[...big snip...]
> (Oh, and this doesn't even touch on the tangle of intellectual property
> issues!)
> I hope somebody has something more cheerful to say...

David Mooney

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