CyberTech Rambler

July 12, 2007

BBC News Commentary on MS-National Archive Deal

Filed under: Uncategorized — ctrambler @ 7:24 pm

Not so long ago, BBC carried a news item on Microsoft deal with National Archive (of UK) to preserve existing documents. A reader, Glen Newton, commented on my blog telling me about this. I replied that I did not want to post and comment on this deal because it looks more like a PR stunt from Microsoft PR department. I still today do not understand why British Library was dragged into this PR stunt as it has nothing to do with the deal itself. I speculate that National Archive has to participate in this PR exercise as a condition for receiving discount on Microsoft software.

Rather surprisingly, BBC had decided to do a follow up commentary on it. In a style consistent with its style guideline, it phrase the question in a way non-tech people can understand and feel passionate about (we should learn from them). It contains new materials, but some of the contents are clearly from Free Software Foundation Europe. It display more thoughts on the what of document preservation means . It examine what form document preservation can take and explore the role of National Archive in this context. This is much more than what we get from Mr Farquhar of British Library when he explain what OOXML means.

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