Archaeology Data Service

Computer museum: taking preservation to the limit

The ADS's collection of redundant computers, their peripherals, software and manuals continues to grow through the generosity of our community. Recent additions include a mid 1980s ACT Sirius 1 computer in perfect working order and a currently not-so-healthy Victor computer with hard drive. Both were kindly donated by the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust (CPAT). These are not just static`exhibits' but may have to earn their keep in the future should data come to light that was generated on such machines.

These machines form the very last line of defence for digital data: migration is a much more cost effective and practical method of preservation. The computer museum exists to cover all eventualities.

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