RE: [OPE] intermission: value of knowledge

Date: Fri Nov 13 2009 - 15:03:59 EST

> The cost will be high in 10 years when the format is obsolete
Hi Paul C:
The cost of transferring data with preservation labor, though,
does not correlate well with the value of the knowledge. My
guess is that the new preservation labor required will be vanishingly
small. Push a button (or click a mouse, etc.) and voila it's transferred.
Furthermore, since the cost of memory storage devices *per GB* is coming way
down - and I think this trend will continue - the material
cost of data storage and preservation will also come way down to the point
where (on a /GB rate) it will be vanishingly small also.
In solidarity, Jerry

> Regarding the point that labor has to be expended preserving
> the material carriers of knowledge, that's true but it can also be
> vanishingly small. What, for instance, is the labor required to
> preserve a Class 6 SHDC and the data which has been stored
> in it? What's even more to the point is that although there is such
> preservation labor required, it doesn't correspond to the value of
> the knowledge.
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