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    Re: Collodion websites closed

    I agree Paul. I think we are in a very different world though today, compared to the heady days of 2000, in terms of the internet.

    Certainly, I think those with interest in seeing information about wet plate (and large format) surviving should be doing what they can to preserve things. For example - does the owner or any of our mods keep a backup of this forum separate from the hosting service?

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    https://web.archive.org/web/20191118...collodion.com/

    Obviously this doesn't really work but just pointing out that "archiving" does exist and can be done today, if you find valuable information, though in a less-than-deal solution for many applications.
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    Re: Collodion websites closed

    I think the difference between digital permanence and books is that websites are contingent upon the owner maintaining the site, paying the fees, upgrading the servers. The onus is on someone else, and you have to "hope" the site remains up for 20 years. There are very few digital "library of Congress" or "iron mountain" type content hosting sites that will stay around forever.

    With a book in your personal library, it is yours, for your life, and then for whoever gets it next. I have a book right over there (pointing at shelf), that was carried by a great, great, great grandfather in the Civil War.

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    Re: Collodion websites closed

    Well, speaking of the LOC, how many of the wet plate books out there are archived there?

    Note that you referenced your personal library. The point here is that your library is impossible for me to reference, or a newbie to reference, until you get rid of it. I sure hope the new books are selling well but I'm guessing they aren't going to be typically found in your local drugstore or the big flea market / used book shop down the line, most likely.

    Last year I did find a random book on tintypes in one of the largest flea markets / antique stores in Alabama. I bought it, because I figured I should, and it was only like $10.

    Anyway, all things must be maintained, whether it's a digital archive or a physical book. And the question then becomes about access.
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    Re: Collodion websites closed

    Moving this thread to the new Wet Plate sub-forum.

    Rick "carry on" Denney

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    Re: Collodion websites closed

    Thank you!
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