There have been a number of articles in this newsletter and elsewhere in genealogy publications about long-term storage of magnetic and optical media. Many of us are concerned about the life expectancy of CD-ROM and the newer DVD-ROM disks. "Not to worry," says PC Magazine columnist Lance Ulanoff. He says the real danger comes from greasy fingerprints and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Lance describes movies on DVD disks, but his comments apply equally to computer data stored on DVD-ROM disks. He also describes a new product that shows promise, called "Archival Gold." Note that he says to use toilet paper for cleaning of the disks, not facial tissues. You can read his article at http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1854081,00.asp.