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September 28th

Hyatt Regency
Burlingame, CA



Optical Storage Symposium 2005

Blue Laser Optical Storage: A Technology Waiting to Happen
Vendors from both the Blu-ray and HD-DVD groups continue to promote their respective technologies, but is the market ready for these products? What factors will be critical for Blue Laser products to succeed? Will recordable or ROM technology drive the market? Will there be any content to record? Can Hollywood agree on copy protection that will also be acceptable to the consumer? Do consumers need high-definition movies? A panel of industry experts will discuss and debate the various issues that will influence the future prospects of Blue Laser Technology.


  • David Bunzel, President, Santa Clara Consulting Group and President, OSTA



What to Choose…Alternate Data Storage Technologies
While optical discs are a standard for removable storage, significant markets have developed for alternative storage products in both niche and mass market environments. USB Flash drives are not only replacing floppy disk drives, but new applications are developing for these products. Small hard disk drives are competing in the removable storage market because of their high capacity and decreasing cost. Other removable storage products are in the market and being developed, their proponents hoping to capture a share of this significant growth market



The Search for an Archival Medium - The 100 year Optical Disc
This session features presentations from the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the user community for what they envision as a medium of choice for archival and digital preservation. An important session for both optical disc manufacturers and end-users who have to decide what are the desired characteristics of the best optical medium for archival purposes. Issues to be discussed include:

  • What are the critical applications that would require 100 year media performance?
  • What would end-users being willing to pay in terms of overall cost in time and expense?
  • What is the role of the Federal Government in digital preservation?
  • What is industry doing to address this problem?


  • Dr. Victor McCrary, Business Executive for Science and Technology, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory


  • Oliver Slattery, Research Scientist, National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)
  • Fred Byers, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Lunch -Keeping up with Generation Digital
Generation d is changing the way we look at photogrphy and communication. Sandra will discuss building new products and services that meet the needs of anytime anywhere anyway picture communication and sharing.

  • Sandra Morris, Vice President and General Manager, Digital Imaging Services Group, Digital and Film Imaging Systems, Eastman Kodak Company

Imaging Interoperability Between CE Devices
How Do We Get There?
Sure, all devices play JPGs but transferring collections of photos from device to device often means losing the "metadata" that was painstakingly entered by the consumer. Join a panel of industry leaders for a roundtable discussion about what companies and organizations are doing about imaging interoperability.

They'll respond to key questions, such as:

  • Do consumers care or need better interoperability?
  • How will interoperability affect consumers' behavior while using digital images?
  • Will cell phone imaging drive the need for easier and better exchange of images & metadata?


  • Parker Lee, Vice President of Business Development, Reverbix



Global Working Group: Optical Disk Archive Test Standards
This meeting is to explore formation of a new OSTA Committee to address Optical Disk Archive Test Standards.


  • Chris Smith, General Manager, Data Media Business Development Center, Sony Corporation


Beyond DVD - What's In Store for the Future of Archival Optical Media
This session features presentations on the next generation of optical technologies for archival and digital preservation, including Blu-Ray, HD-DVD, FVD, and holographic disc storage. An important session for archivists, government agencies and librarians to become aware of future optical technologies and their impact on future collection management. This session also provides an opportunity for end-users to speak directly with the industry on their future storage needs and current challenges. Issues to be discussed include:

  • What are the differences in these technologies and the applications they address?
  • Have there been any successful early adopters with these technologies for archival purposes?
  • Where does industry see the role of standards and interoperability for these technologies?