now that Archive has moved to electronic only, with articles that were in train at the time of the end of the print edition, plus new material being published 'here' (electronic articles linked from this site).
Could I put in a plea for the old editions of Archive to be published on their own, on a stand alone CD. I recognise this will duplicate earlier magazine CD's published in batches of two years or so at a time.
For the ease of use, and most importantly search, the whole of the magazine needs to be on one dedicated disk. It will also need the articles to be built into single files by subject, so for example the complete Belgium register would be in a single searchable file, along with all feedback for the original articles.
This would be a genuine powerful and usable resource, I for one would be quite happy to buy such a disk despite having the earlier CD's which split the material over a number of disks and files on each making them hard to search through.
The same could be said for Aeromilitaria.
Would be interested in hearing the thoughts of others and the official line on such an idea.
Peter In principle this would seem like sensible idea but unless someone or more steps forward to take it on, an idea will all it remain as for the foreseeable future.
I have just spent most of the day at the Executive Committee (Excom) meeting and a common theme in many of our discussions was the lack of resources to do the long list of tasks we have or would like to do e.g. archive, ICT support, marketing, newsletter, the sales stand, writers etc.
As you know only too well from your time as Chairman, we do not have sufficient volunteers and the situation continues to be one of our biggest challenges. Volunteers please step up and help us, not only for this but some of the other tasks we are looking to take forward
Post by geoffreynegus on May 12, 2018 20:16:07 GMT
The BPC is aware that I have scanned Aeromilitaria (from its beginning to end-2015) and Archive (from its beginning to summer 2016). Only a few issues are outstanding - they wouldn't take long to process.
The pages were individually scanned (I didn't use a sheet feeder) at 360-400 dpi. A black card was placed behind each scan to minimise print showing through from the opposite side. Colour pages were scanned in colour. Any centre-spreads (I think there were a few in Archive) were scanned a single pages using an A3 scanner. Any photos or diagrams that were printed side-on have been rotated by 90°. You may agree, this is a very high specification.
The BPC has not leapt at the opportunity of publishing these scans. This may be because a very prominent member of the committee feels that, "Digital products are, by and large, non-sellers."
good to hear that the leg work has been done! Thinking about the material, given that each was paid for by subscribers in the first place, then had some part in generating income when sold on the magazine CD's, perhaps they have made enough money already, certainly paid there way.
Looking on the charities commission web site the activities of the trust are (their caps not mine)
PROMOTE THE HISTORY OF AVIATION & IMPROVE PUBLIC AWARENESS, KNOWLEDGE & APPRECIATION OF AVIATION, AERONAUTICAL LITERATURE & HISTORY. ACQUIRE & MAINTAIN ARCHIVE, TO IDENTIFY, PRESERVE AND PRODUCE MATERIALS WHICH RECORD, TO PROMOTE THE HISTORY OF AVIATION. PUBLISH JOURNALS, BOOKS & INFORMATION ON AVIATION, PROVIDE GRANTS & FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO STUDENTS TO PROMOTE AVIATION HISTORY.
Making the files available via a members only portal, or selling as downloadable files, would seem to fit the aims of the trust, perhaps the BPC should consider that a bit more than just profit?