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An archive is quite often 'a pile of stuff in the attic'.
Some records are purged from system (eg, names and name
references) by court order. They are put on media and
the media is stored (locked in a cabinet) in case the
court reverses that order at some future time. Over
time, the cabinet fills up, gets wheeled to a basement,
or other storage area, and is forgotten.
S.O.P., Michael. The real problem is restoring it
complete with references.
As for time spans, as one who did have to take records
stored in markup and repurpose them a decade later, it
worked very well. As for a hundred years, the problems
of the medium survival are much worse than the notation.
Computers did not make this better; they made it worse.
From: Rick Marshall [mailto:email@example.com]
Michael Kay wrote:
>Of course there are many interesting challenges at the level of storage
>media. But I would dispute that your material is archived: an archive is
>the same as a pile of old stuff in the attic.