Microfacs has the expertise and the equipment (Kodak Archive Writers) to convert your digital images back to 16 mm and 35mm microfilm.
Many city, county, and state government departments are now being required to have an eye-readable 16mm microfilm backup copy of their records, in addition to having these documents in a digital format.
Microfacs has a full line of digitizing services that can also convert microfilm to digital.
While scanning microfilm to a digital format is proving cost effective and secure for many organizations, some are also choosing to transfer digital images back to microfilm. So why would an organization convert an image back to microfilm?
Some people don’t find digital storage as trustworthy. After all, computers can crash, get corrupted, hacked or infected with malware, all of which could potentially compromise digital files.
Another factor is the proven longevity of microfilm, which with proper storage could last over 500 years. Consider the following with computer storage:
- High quality read/write CDs and DVDs – these can perhaps last 100 years.
- Magnetic tape – this should last 30-40 years, possibly longer
- Flash drives – theoretically, these can last a significant amount of time, but by the nature of their use, they are not comparable to the other methods.
If we are looking at 50 years or more, digital storage has not stood the test of time. Computer devices and operating systems are changing all the time; many believe that long term viability and support can’t be trusted when you are looking at decades for storage time.
Microfilm is an incredibly stable technology. Little has changed with it over time because it hasn’t needed to. Not only is the format consistent – which digital is not – but also the technology to read/scan microfilm should always be around.
Bottom line, some organizations feel more confident about storing microfilm in a vault than storing digital records on a secure storage device. When the time frame is in decades or longer, it may be hard to argue with that.