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Re: (Less) Ancient Recording Systems

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Or, for an even more recent example, consider the difficulties the BBC had
in retrieving information from their late 1980s (Or was it early 1990s?)
Domesday project on those big shiny LP-sized video discs!  So the problems
encountered in these are directly relevant to those we are all meeting
everyday.  Those of us who require submission of digital versions of
reports, survey data, completion of oasis forms etc., as part of completion
of a piece of fieldwork, are taking the chance that we're creating more of
these digital monsters.  Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh...
Jim

PS For those too young: LP - an analogue music circular reproduction format
of initially splendid quality which can be selectively converted into big
ashtrays - Bay City Rollers albums get my vote every time....

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   Jim McNeil, South Yorkshire Archaeology Service
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-----Original Message-----
From: David Evans [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 17 December 2004 16:53
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Ancient Recording Systems


Martin Newman set me a challenge by saying that Cretan Linear A had no
relevance to HERs. I must disagree, in many ways the similarities
between Linear A (and other untranslated languages) and modern recording
systems should come as no shock to anyone who has heard of the Newham
archive. A warning that no matter how good your recording system appears
it is no use if it cannot be translated. Perhaps Linear A is too distant
in time but Pongo Pongo which ceased to be used on Easter Island in the
1860 demonstrates that more recent recording systems can be lost. We
claim to be recording the past for the future, but are we. Think about
it when pro celebrity mole strangling appears on tv on Christmas
afternoon!


Thank You
David Evans
Historic Environment Record Officer
01454 863649

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