and manage the preservation of digital content, in fact it should be indisspensible to
most archives, one should be inclined to think.
Predicting future costs is allways difficult, every prediction can only be accurate to a certain point, as we
cannot fortell the future. There are many parameters to be taken in account, and technological progress
seems difficult to plan.
This seems to be one of the unpredictabilities, involved in the task of planning.
to estimate the cost of longterm preservation.
At the Amsterdam Hackaton of the open planet foundation, the workshop on life3 was not very well visited.
Is the question of cost a secondary, cumbersom question, which the digital preservation community tries
to avoid as much as possible?
probable a preservation project will end up, generating more cost, or even ending up in a debacle, as can
be observed in several c4istar military network devellopements, with a seemingly unlimited funding.
more or less predict longterm costs, how could this be explained?
Is the future of digital preservation something completly unpredictable?
Are we heading for a magnificent bill, we haven’t really expected, a unpleasant surprise?
make any predictions and I am left to mourne over the loss of data produced by my good old sinclair
zx80,which I had saved on a casette recorder.
I couldn’t have predicted the cost of longterm preservation of that data at the time (with a prediction tool
I should be able to tell, how much it would have cost me then to still have my data now, with no future
telling involved), and I wonder what excelent tool could help me do better.