Crvnetter Elizabeth Dow (Special Collections, UVM) brings to our
attention a film that will air on Vermont Public Television
(formerly Vt. ETV).
Please contact Vermont Public Television (802-655-4800) directly if
you have questions about local airtimes and dates for the broadcast.
Here is additional information about the film forwarded by Professor
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Date: Thu, 8 Jan 1998 16:37:25 -0500
From: Erik Nordberg <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To: Archives & Archivists <[log in to unmask]>
To: Multiple recipients of list ARCHIVES
<[log in to unmask]> Subject: PBS Special: Knowledge
"Into the Future: On the Preservation of Knowledge in the Electronic
Age." It will air on Jan. 13, at 10 p.m. in some markets. The film is
a production of the American Film Foundation and Sanders & Mock
Productions in association with the Commission on Preservation and
Access and the American Council of Learned Societies. The PR packet
Into the Future confronts the hidden crisis of the digital information
age. It asks if the human record, as it is increasingly stored in
fragile, ephemeral and complex digital electronic forms, will survive
into the future. Will humans 20, 50, 100 years from today have access
to the electronically recorded knowledge and history of our time?
What happened to reel-to-reel? Can we still read those magnetic tapes
from early Voyager probes into outer space?"
Interviewed for the program are Peter Norton, founder of Norton
Utilities; tim Berners-Lee, "father of the WWW;" Paul LeClerc,
president, New York Public Library,; Susan McMahon, Jet Propulsion
Lab; John Seely Broan, chief scientist, Xerox Corp.; Peter Lyman, UC
Berkeley; Michael Dertouzos and Michael Hawley, M.I.T.; and Jeff
Rothenberg, RAND Corp.
For information on this program from the Public Broadcasting System
A review of the film appears in the January 1998 issue of Scientific
American, page 110. Alternatively, the article can be viewed at
http://www.sciam.com/0198issue/0198review2.html (excerpt from review)
"How fast do archivists have to run to stay in the same place? Just
plain data must be recopied onto new media every 10 years to stay
ahead of physical deterioration and the junking of machines that can
read outdated formats. Given this galloping obsolescence, it seems
ironic that the film's creators should have devoted a significant part
of its time to the digitizing of paper archives, such as Spanish
records of the conquest of the Americas. And yet they--and we--have no
choice: the digital bug has infected us all, and interactive
multimedia, with indexed and linked text, pictures and sound, have a
convenience and impact that make conversion irresistible. "
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