Whatever problems there are with creating local digital collections of government documents, affordable storage capacity WON’T be one of them.
Walt Crawford reports on a one terabyte hard drive from Hitachi that will go on sale in March. The price? $400.
And how much is a terabyte? At the current DVD size of 4.7GB, a terabyte hard drive could store 212 DVDs. I imagine that would easily work out to tens of thousands of average sized government documents.
Combine terabyte hard drives with LOCKSS and you have a virtualy maintanance free network of geographically disbursed collections capable of holding large volumes of publications.