Monday, April 18, 2005

Long-Lived Digital Data Collections

Solicitation of Public Comments on a Draft US National Science Board Report

The National Science Board (NSB, the Board) invites public comments on the draft report, Long-Lived Digital Data Collections: Enabling Research and Education in the 21st Century (NSB-05-40).

The draft report may be viewed and downloaded from the NSB Web site:

The draft report provides the findings and recommendations of the Board on Long-Lived Digital Data Collections. The report arises from the recognition by the Board of the growing importance of digital data collections in research and education and their potential for broadening participation at all levels. It is intended by the Board as a first step in undertaking a broader discussion of the issues.

The Board plans to discuss public comments and revisions to this document in May 2005.Comments should be addressed to by May 1, 2005.

Should optical discs last forever?

An article in CNET poses the question:

Would you like your digital-storage media to last 20 years, 25 years, 30 years, 35 years or 40 years? If you're an organization or government agency, the U.S. government and an
optical-disc industry group would like you to answer that question in a quick survey.

Find the article here:
Find the survey here:
Survey responses will be accepted until May 31, 2005.