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09/16/12
Digital Media. Digital Assets, Long-term Storage, New Copyright rules
Filed under: Observ. Trends, Alternate Career Paths
Posted by: site admin @ 7:09 pm

eBooks, eJournals, eMagazines, presentations
in electronic format is changing the world view
of technical information and personal data.

COPYRIGHT RULES
It is incumbent on professional knowledge workers
to keep abreast, follow with some diligence and
adapt. 
Not long ago, commercial sites wanted to control
the flow of eyes to those leading to income, now
they encourage sharing broadly.  Several observations
like this fill a recent Economist article on
copyright rules, including
  -  new Canadian rules expanding “fair-dealing”
(fair use in US) and non-commercial use
  -  copyright exemptions for data-mining
  -  new ideas about format shifting accessing data
on different instruments is being looked at.

ORGANIZING DATA, FORMATS LONG TERM
Kelley Greene wrote a piece about legal concerns
around digital assets we will acquire, compose or
be responsible for through our lives.  Included is a
link to online services list and commercial vendors
providing them.

We depend on google to help us explore and recover
just based on adding search terms.  However, what
happens when items are no longer available on servers?
A recent article listed several items that may help
but this is a long term problem that technical
knowledge workers should follow.  I remember
a colleague reminding me not to throw out key
reference books that derive fundamental equations
in electrical engineering and physics.  Only popular
or commonly used versions with often unstated
assumptions and boundary conditions are in current
literature.  It would be well to confirm that archives
store essential material.  

eBOOKS AND WRITING CHEMISTRY EQUATIONS
There are many pros and cons with putting chemistry
into electronic media.
You can take it anywhere, but you can run out of
power.
It is portable but that does not mean into water or
dropping.
It is possible take take notes in eMedia.  Have you
ever tried to enter in a page of chemical formulae?

Please share your pros and cons of working with
digital media.

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