tomk at unwired.com.au
Tue Nov 27 23:35:02 AEDT 2012
Sometimes I think you folk all live in lala land.
Link is filled with persons claiming to be archivists. Yet the biggest
barrier to archivists being able to effectively carry out their mission
in life is never discussed.
Who amongst you looks ahead twenty/forty/100 years and plans accordingly
? [Although I realise this discussion thread is a small subset of that
And I'm not thinking a 1 metre squared time capsule buried under the
lawn at 1 London Circuit with two newspapers and packet of cigarettes
Pandora is a great start. But it somehow fails to capture the unique id
[personality] that is Australia.
For example of the 36 hours of Youtube videos uploaded every minute of
every day, approximately 4.6% is Australian generated content.
I think our future generations would be far more enthralled with the
antics of some boys at the weekend barbeque as they would with the right
honourables speech last Tuesday...
This statistic can be confirmed by the number of views that each receive
The Australian content on Youtube outstrips all of the commercial
content generated by Australian film makers, documentary makers and
Television stations since 1906.
Yet the real history of Australia is being left to Youtube to archive.
Personally, I get a far higher level of personal pleasure out of
watching old Australian video clips on Youtube, that somehow is not
present when reading an old classified add from a hundred year old
In other words, it is easier to "Grok" the id from video than print.
Since the Doomsday book and land taxes, our history has only been
relevant back to the last change of Government/Ruler.
Any other option is an obvious act of Heresy and will not receive
funding from current Government and therefore alternatives will always
die the natural death of MTBF HDU failure rates of about, gee three-four
That is just the way it is
In 2002, Archive.org forked a copy of their data to the
Where the opening words are:
*Web Archive- *The Internet Archive is a complete snapshot of all web
pages on every website since 1996.
all web pages ????
And that's just the start of the revisionism.
Comparing /archive/.bibalex./org/ www./archive/./org/. used to be an
i.e.: What was no longer at archive.org was sure to be found at bibalex.
however, the "update" syncing is now in place and that little research
trick no longer works.
Previous high tech civilisations noted the failure of Papyrus reeds to
survive fire flood and bugs and chose to inscribe their archives in rock
to ensure posterity.
My guess is that the only way to retain the data is to place it on large
format FRAMs, thence placing them in a silicon desiccating jar and
evacuating to 35 hg. Seal Silica with molten silica. Then place silica
in fibreglass blanket and coat with several feet of lead foil. Place
Foil packaged item in a marble crucible lined with Zeolite and copper.
(Why does that sound familiar) with a 280 year backup schedule.
Somewhere in the storage archive, place a set of instructions preferably
etched in copper and a smart phone with a solar panel on the back so
that future generations can extract the data.
Bury Data Ark in several layers of concrete at a location in the SA
desert with some half life (non-harmful) irradiating substance in small
quantities in a pattern like ...---... suggesting that it is not a
This will allow future Australians to recover all of the Hansard in all
of it's glory, unrevised.
This approximates the modern day version of the dead sea scrolls. (Which
the common man still hasnt been given access too - in it's entirety.) So
I guess, even when the data is older than the previous Government, it is
still subject to "additional research required".
Now that we have discovered how to secure our history from Government -
the only questions before us is who will pay for the 30 [estimated IP
worth saving] Petabytes of Frams?
Will it be Government ?
Oh one more question... how is one to prevent future Government
"researchers" from getting their hands on the data cache and not
releasing it's content to the world ?
A curious conundrum.
I suggest we worry about yesterday today and tomorrow. The Government
will tell us what we need to remember.
Unfortunately in essence, this means that you have all been working
under a misapprehension since about 1066.
The above anecdotal statements not-withstanding, I am grateful to every
archivist that works to making our history available to the average
Australian, easily and at no cost.
The National Film Library for example believes it is a Federal
Government profit centre and as a consequence very few Australians get
to enjoy the benefit of their archival efforts.
someone should send them the dictionary definition of the word Library.
And then, take all of their content and upload it to youtube. Gee
wouldnt that be something. A Government Archivist organisation actually
doing something that worked for all the people, everywhere, around the
world for the benefit of the whole country.
Few consider the economic barriers that are lowered by sharing our
cultural resources in a free and informative manner.
The positive aspects such a cultural exchange has on both our tourism
industry and our international trade efforts.
No, some archivists are only interested in keeping their 9-5 jobs and
making sure as few as possible can actually gain access to the treasures
in their archival vaults.
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