Advice for building archival storage cabinet for discs, docs?
April 5, 2005 6:51 PM Subscribe
I'm seeking info on data/CD/paper/object archival storage for various stuff at my home. There are really two questions here:
1) Where can I find authoritive information about CD-ROM preserving/archival methods.
2) Where can I find info on building/converting a cabinet to a controlled environment on a low budget/DIY?
posted by -harlequin- to Science & Nature (4 answers total)
With regards to (1), I'm talking about answers to questions such as does use of adhesive labels help or hinder CD-ROM data life? How much benefit is there to using lower write speeds or is that considered a myth? Is vertical storage really better for the disc, or is it convenience? What are storage tips from (or storage methods used by professional archivists? I saw a website that covered some (but not all) of these questions, but have since been unable to find it, or find this kind of info elsewhere. It gave a brief explanation, but no clue as to whether the explanation was myth/superstition or the result of actual study.
As regards (2), my thought is that it would be useful to have a small controlled-environment cabinet where I can just put anything that I'd prefer to last a little longer than usual if possible, be it CD-ROMs or photographs or antiques that are degrading (eg leather going brittle, or metal rusting). Is there a guide to making/converting such a storage space on a budget? Or even just something that talks about the preservation techniques used, from temperature control to inert atmosphere replacement, explains when and why each might be used, disadvantages, etc, but in a readable format rather than an engineering specification.
I'm thinking building it into a display case might be an interesting thing to do, but this precludes fireproofing. Speaking of which - any authoritive info/guides to Do-It-Yourself fireproofing for a cabinet or box?
Regarding authoritive advice, Using CD-R adhesive labels could be explained as good because they protect the metal side of the CDR, or be explained as bad because they might shrink and warp the disc over time. Either explanation sounds logical enough to me, yet they advise opposite things, so explanations that sound logical enough but have no other authority backing them, are not as useful (though they often serve to highlight potential issues that may not have occurred to me). That said, non-authoritive links are still better than no links :-)