Thursday, October 25, 2007

Videos on LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe)

Here is a video of Karen Schneider, the Free Range Librarian, using eggs to demonstrate the value of using LOCKSS to preserve digital content. She also talks about format migration.

There is also this video that shows how to setup a LOCKSS box. Okay...the video isn't very exciting and that's the point. Setting up a LOCKSS box is straightforward and easy.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great demo.

For the demo to be more accurate, though, there needs to appear a phalanx of network people (like in the Verizon Wireless ads: behind the Free Range Librarian. They would only show up - in the window behind her - whenever mention is made of communication or file replacement between LOCLSS sites.

The stength of the LOCKSS approach depends on the existence and reliability of network connectivity between LOCKSS nodes. As network connectivity is engineered for high reliability, availablility, etc., this is not usually a problem.

This strategy does introduce a great deal of additional, necessary complexity - thoughtfully hidden outside the basket in this demonstration.