International Standard guides proper care of optical discs.
Press Release Summary:
December 10, 2008 - Developed by ISO Technical Committee 42, ISO 18938:2008 provides guidelines for care and handling of digital optical discs to preserve access to recorded data and to maximize disc lifespan. Standard covers use and handling environments, including pollutants, temperature, and humidity; contamination concerns; inspection; cleaning and maintenance; transportation; disasters, including water, fire, and construction; and post-disaster procedures.
Original Press Release
New International Standard Guides Proper Care of Optical Discs
Press release date: December 4, 2008
-cleaning and maintenance, including cleaning methods and frequency;
-disasters, including water, fire, construction and post-disaster procedures; and staff training. ISO 18938:2008 was developed by Technical Committee (TC) 42, Photography. The U.S. holds the chairmanship and the secretariat of TC 42. Kenneth Parulski of the Eastman Kodak Company serves as chairman, and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has delegated secretariat duties to the International Imaging Industry Association (I3A). An ANSI member and accredited standards developer, I3A also serves as the ANSI-accredited Technical Advisory Group (TAG) administrator to TC 42. For more information, see the ISO news release. How long will a DVD last? Another standard developed by ISO, ISO/IEC 10955: 2008: Information technology -- Digitally recorded media for information interchange and storage -- Test method for the estimation of the archival lifetime of optical media, addresses a method for estimating the useful life of DVDs. [see related article]