Many years ago Archive was producing a complete New Zealand register, but publication came to an end before the piece was completed, it was at the stage where the register was growing quicker than it could be published, it would never catch up.
A couple of questions....
Was the work complete at that time, with it just waiting for the next batch to be published in the next edition, and if so could it not now be released as a complete work in the Archive section of the web-site?
Obviously now there would be a gap between where it was then and now, but could be a good prompt for work to be picked up again?
The historical New Zealand register ran in Archive for 84 instalments between 1981 and 2004, ending at ZK-DZZ which was apparently the planned end-point. The series concluded with the statement:
At this point we reach the end of our planned coverage of the New Zealand register which has been running in Archive since 1981. A fitting ending perhaps with this large batch of locally-produced types. As outlined earlier, the rapid growth of the register itself, the re-use of marks and widespread use of special registrations all add to the difficulty of updating this feature. It is our intention to attempt a Complete Register as a separate publication - hopefully in the not-too-distant future, meanwhile any comments or additions to this or the previous 83 parts would be gratefully received!
These are all available on Air-Britain CDs and there is no point in re-posting them here - in any case, Dave Partington reports that the originals are no longer available.
I've scanned nearly all editions of Aeromilitaria and Archive. I would need only a week or so to finish the job, once provided with the few editions I don't have (the most recent ones).
My spec was: - pages scanned individually on the glass (not using a sheet feeder) - black card inserted behind each page to reduce or (usually) eliminate print or images "bleaching" through the page - 360+ dpi - well above the standards recommended by TNA and the Library of Congess for archival scanning - centre-spreads scanned using an A3 scanner - colour pages scanned at 48-Bit, so they should print well, not only look good on screen - images and diagrams printed side-on rotated 90° so you don't have to lie on the floor to view them! - fully searchable.
Aeromilitaria = 5.4GB. Archive = 8.79GB.
I've mentioned this several times to the Air-Britain management, but they don't seem to be interested.
Burn them onto a couple of DVDs each and sell them? If they are already scanned, then 90%+ of the work involved has been done already. Apart from a DVD burner, what would the outlay be? I'm sure there must be a market. And if they're scanned as you say, then the quality will be massively improved from a lot of what is on the CDs (which is, well, useable but a lot less than brilliant).
Of course, the fruits of my labours don't have to be on CD or DVD. Or, for that matter, on a USB stick.
They could be displayed in the A-B Membership Area ... for free!
(Rationale: A senior member repeatedly points out that most computers currently on sale do not have CD/DVD drives. Correct. But many people have remote drives, which are inexpensive, often in order to watch movies on different devices in their homes. USB sticks might be an alternative. If the management feels that publishing on either media might entail risk or loss, then surely it could make the files available via the Membership Area website? Any argument that members might then share the material with non-members wouldn't wash with me. As a charity, Air-Britain has an obligation to act in the public interest, not only that of its members.)
I simply want people to be able to use these files, sooner rather than later!
I'm quite happy to send you a blank USB stick, Geoff. Then for testing purposes only of course, prior to AB making a decision on whether to do anything with the info, you could check to see how long it would take to copy the fruits of your labours onto this type of media...
Transferring all the Aeromilitaria and Archive files on to a USB stick takes about 30 minutes. But it needs to be borne in mind that using physical media like sticks or disks also involves postage, secure packing and additional time.
I would much prefer Air-Britain to post them in the Membership Area.
A rather less attractive alternative might be to use WeTransfer.com to email them to people requesting them.
I plan to raise this at the February Book Production Committee, in the hope of getting a final decision.
Thanks Geoff, I have been doing it the other way from the original scans on the CD's, forming all the parts of the DH60 file into one pdf for example, given any source file quite easy to do. The later editions that have not come out on CD (yet?) I will have to scan.