An interesting and well written article David.

As someone who, this afternoon, whilst trying to supply image files for a rush magazine request, discovered corrosion on some 2 yr old backup cds rendering data lost; the volatility and vulnerability of digital media ought not be underestimated. Although not overly enamoured about the prospect of having to rescan the images, I can feel ever so slightly smug that the film originals have a rather longer life.
But then we all knew that, didn't we APUGs?

Will they allocate the budget for all of the photographic gear which you feel is needed to cover all bases adequately?