[tig] Long-term digital image archive

Wylie Sammy F Civ 88 ABW/LCMPS/MPPL Sammy.Wylie
Tue Aug 19 14:29:50 BST 2003

"Political will lacking" is a pretty good descriptor of the current situation.  

There have been several heated debates on the AMIA Listserv  (Assoc. of Moving Image Archivists www.amianet.org) that basically revolved around the lines of "electronic vs. photochemical" where each party abhors using the other's technology to archive the information.  

Frankly, until there is a real archival digital format, I don't see why 35mm b&w film couldn't be used for extra long archival storage.  Those who object to the "purity" of storing electronic signals on celluloid are, IMHO, strange.  

Hey, I will gladly store "The Great Train Robbery" on digital files, why won't you store "Mr. Rogers" on 35mm film as a binary code?  ;-)

S. Frank Wylie 
Lab Supervisor 
Library of Congress 
Motion Picture Preservation Laboratory 
937-258-7220, 7221, 7222 and 7223 voice 
937-252-3019 fax 
All opinions expressed are my own and do not represent the official view of the Library of Congress 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: digital.praxis at virgin.net [mailto:digital.praxis at virgin.net]
> Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2003 9:06 AM
> To: tig at tig.colorist.org
> Subject: [tig] Long-term digital image archive
> TIG TWiki collaborative project is at http://tig.colorist.org. 
> Craig Nichols was the last contributor to the TIG, 2 months ago.
> As B&W silver based film is one of the most stable recording 
> mediums available how about a systen to record digital data 
> onto it for long-term archive of DI information?
> It is easily possible to pack more digital information onto a 
> small role of microfilm than its analogue equiv., especially 
> in colour form.
> I know Kodak and Arri have discussed such a solution in the 
> past, and so did we when I was Tech. Director of Cintel, so 
> has anyone made any further advances in its development, or 
> is political will lacking just like with digital projection???
> Steve
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