Friday, January 20, 2006

Weekly readings - 20 January 2006

Building the UK's First Public Web Archive. Steve Bailey, Dave Thompson. D-Lib Magazine. January 2006.

In spite of our dependence on the internet, very little attention has been paid to the long-term preservation of websites. To remedy this, six UK institutions are developing a test project to archive UK websites. The article discusses their experience and the lessons they are learning from the project. The process follows the basic archival principles of Selection, Acquisition, Description and Access. The project has had some success, but there are also some very real difficulties that they have encountered. They have had difficulty in finding a suitable program. Some systems have no descriptive standards or no subject control. Some of the sites change so rapidly it is difficult to work with them. Technical skills are required to repair ‘broken’ sites. The project has allowed the technical IT staff to interact with the archival staff, giving them opportunities for greater collaboration. Selective archiving ensures maximum functionality and accurate and faithful reproduction of the sites. “The result is a high quality archive, whose content is selected along clear and agreed lines, that is robust and authoritative.” The site is at

Nikon to focus on digital cameras. BBC News. 12 January 2006. Nikon has said that it will stop making most of its film cameras and focus on digital cameras instead. This will allow it to meet the competitive needs in the digital market. Nikon said that the film market has continued to decrease while the digital market is increasing. Nikon will end production of all lenses for its large format cameras, as well as most of its film camera bodies, interchangeable manual focus lenses and other related accessories. But it will continue to make the F6 film camera in a commitment to professional photographers.

Konica Minolta Exits Camera Market. Terry Sullivan. PC Magazine. 19 January 2006. Konica Minolta, a company that makes cameras, film, and other photographic products, has announced that they are closing their camera and photo divisions. The digital camera assets will be transferred to Sony. Instead, it will focus on copiers, fax machines, printers as well as its medical and graphic imaging technologies. Konica Minolta has been the third largest film maker in the world.

New perpendicular recording boosts hard-drive capacity. Computerworld. January 18, 2006.,10801,107832,00.html?source=NLT_SU&nid=107832 Seagate has started shipping hard drives that use perpendicular recording, where bits of data are stored vertically rather than horizontally. This increases the amount of storage space on the disk. This is a new way of doing things; it changes the way the heads and disks interact with each other. By reducing the number of disks needed, it can also make the computer run cooler, thus extending the life of the components.

Maxell focuses on holographic storage. Colin Barker. CNET November 28, 2005. Maxell is planning to launch its first holographic storage in September 2006. The removable drive will hold 300GB. The drive, which looks similar to a floppy disk, uses light-sensitive crystals and can use the whole drive to store the information, not just the surface. The disks will cost about $100. In 5 years they plan to expand the capability to 1.6 TB per disk. Maxell is working with InPhase Technologies.,39029473,40058607,00.htm

Imation buys Memorex in $330M deal. Elizabeth Montalbano. Computerworld. January 20, 2006.,10801,107929,00.html?source=NLT_PM&nid=107929 Imation announced a deal to acquire Memorex, a provider of CD and DVD storage products. The companies will integrate their businesses by the end of the year. The Memorex brand will be retained, and Imation hopes to use this to boost its storage business.

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