December 9, 2004 - Stability
Study of Optical Discs (pdf)
current focus is on DVDs
- Work with industry
efforts to improve reliability and interoperability with optical discs.
- Work with US Government
agencies' efforts in using optical discs as a storage or preservation
- Help anyone concerned
with perserving data on optical media.
laboratory is equipped with the following:
DVD Compatibility testing
study is in collaboration with the Optical Storage Technology Association
and DVD Association (DVDA).
A phase 1 methodology to test for DVD drive and media compatibility has
been implemented and results show the variation within the existing market
installed base of drives.
The result is available via NIST Special Publication 500-254, October 2003, or
Download PDF - 23 pages (753KB)
Phase 2 will focus
on more current drives and include other variables.
Care and Handling Guide for the Preservation of CDs and DVDs
A joint Council
on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)
and NIST project.
Except for the cover and some of the introduction, the content in both the NIST
and CLIR publications is the same.
500-252, October 2003, Final
PDF version - 50 pages (1.24 MB file)
Final PDF and Web versions available at CLIR's web site
Quick One-Page Reference from the Guide
1. PDF - 1 page (294 KB file)
2. Web version - 1 page
Our goal is to work
with the industry and user community to develop a standard methodology
for determining archival quality grade discs. Part of our user community
effort is working through the Government Information Preservation Working