May 16, 2022

New Zealand: “Outdated Tech Trove Keeps Digital Archives Alive”

From Radio New Zealand:

Senior advisor digital preservation’ as a job title sounds a little prosaic, but hidden away in Mick Crouch’s office at Archives New Zealand is a veritable Aladdin’s cave of technology going back several decades.

Government records have to be transferred to archives after 25 years, and while that is fine for paper documents, it can be a lot harder when the material was saved on computers from 1992.

The items on Mr Crouch’s shelves include a Macintosh Classic II, some 8″ floppy disks and a small – but remarkably heavy – disk drive to play them on, and even a classic bulky old Wang computer from about 30 years ago.

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