- From the new VCF Gazzette today ( full version is here: http://www.vintage.org/content.php?id=g31 ):>>>>> VCF Inaugurates Long-Term Data Archiving Standard: FutureKeep
The VCF has lauched a project to create a file format standard for imaging and archiving software from virtually any data media ever devised, from punched cards to DVD-ROM and beyond. In a nutshell, the intent of the standard is to allow for software stored on any type of media to be digitally imaged in a manner that would allow the original media to be reconstructed from the image at which time it might be necessary to do so. The main purpose of this standard is to provide a universally recognized standard for preserving software.
Media such as floppy disks and magnetic tape has a limited lifetime.
The physical medium will fail over time resulting in data loss. While more durable, software stored on paper-based media such as punched cards and paper tape is also at risk. Even ROM chips are not forever:
the bits contained within the silicon will dissipate over time, leaving behind an empty shell. In the absence of a durable, long-term (as in aeons), failure-proof digital storage medium, steps must be taken now to preserve the existing base of software and to ensure it will be available for the benefit of future generations. This standard is being designed to provide a uniform methodology for storing imaged media to facilitate the storage and maintenance of large archives of software.
Other uses of the standard will be to provide a singular uniform file format for computer emulators to use as virtual storage devices.
The design of the format is still in its initial stages, so if you're interested in being part of this historic development, you can join the committee responsible for devising the standard. Draft outline notes for the standard are available on the project website:http://www.futurekeep.org
A mailing list has been created to provide a forum for discussing the development of the standard. For instructions on how to join the mailing list, e-mail project coordinator Sellam Ismail at sellam@....
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Evan
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Subject: RE: [midatlanticretro] OT ALERT - MS-DOS 6.22 disks needed>>>> Of course you had to ask...Just looking out for the greater good and all. :)