NU Online News Service, April 26, 2005, 3:23 p.m. EDT

Eastman Kodak Company is setting up a program that will encourage service bureaus to help life insurers and other businesses copy important digital data onto microfilm.[@@]

Microfilm is better than most digital media for long-term data storage because typical digital storage media begin to degrade after about 7 years, according to Eastman Kodak, Rochester, N.Y.

Kodak’s new microfilm data storage program, the Reference Archive Services Network, will provide extra training and support for service bureaus that use Kodak hardware and Kodak film to put digital archives on microfilm.

More than 20 service bureaus already have signed up to join the network, Kodak says.