In the age of the 4K smart TV, audio-visual companies are looking forward to ever-greater digital innovations. Few are looking back at the cavalcade of tape formats that came before, which never had the same desirable aesthetic that made film so enduringly popular.
Mr Ficker says it is “very unlikely” that archives around the world could raise the capital to have tape machines manufactured again, even if they worked together.
But he said he “hadn’t written it off”, because “if that’s what it takes, will then we will be pursuing those strategies”.
He also suggests future digital innovations might make it possible to read the data off magnetic tapes in a different way, using software to reconstruct the images.
This week the Berkman Center at Harvard announced they will be closing their blogging platform, the first of its kind that has been around since 2003. While rumors of bloggings death are perhaps greatly exaggerated, Jim and Tim chat about the historical precedence for institutional platforms like WordPress multisite, their role in the greater landscape of digital identity and web publishing, and how that has changed over time.
Archiving and digital legacy [ought] to be in the air.
The bava has been at it; Jim has been cleaning up his pile pf past webs, like an abandoned Known and the OpenVA web site. He’s been writing about Archiving his Digital Past and the concept of an Archive of One’s Own.
I’ve been harping s…