[Humanist] 25.549 what to do with tapes

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Tue Dec 13 07:51:13 CET 2011


                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 549.
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        Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2011 09:11:41 -0600
        From: Patricia Galloway <galloway at ischool.utexas.edu>
        Subject: RE: [Humanist] 25.537 what to do with tapes?
        In-Reply-To: <mailman.19.1323518404.9745.humanist at lists.digitalhumanities.org>


My Digital Archiving and Preservation class in the School of 
Information, University of Texas at Austin, has been working with legacy 
formats (floppies in multiple formats, zips, Jaz, etc. etc.--though not 
open-reel tapes) in collaboration with the Goodwill Computer Museum in 
Austin which has been assisting me to build a lab for doing this. 
Computer museums are a good choice; in California the Computer History 
Museum and in Seattle the Living Computer Museum both deal with 
open-reel tapes in their own work. University archives programs and 
government archives are also setting up such labs. And of course there 
are businesses that  do format conversions as well, although their 
concerns may be less with the authenticity of the material than its 
functionality.

Pat Galloway
School of Information, UT-Austin





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