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Without HCO Plate Digitization:
Astronomy will never have any functional record of the sky, 1885-1989.
Astronomy will not have an equivalent time frame for accrued CCD
observations until 2080.
Other plate repositories lack the personnel and infrastructure to solve
challenges of storage, web display and photometric accuracy which we
have in HCO, SAO, and HUL-DRS
Other plate repositories are hoping that Harvard will take the lead in digitization
The upcoming National Virtual Observatory, which provides digital access
to astronomical data, will lack its only long-term temporal record of the
sky to complement the future LSST digital temporal survey.