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Re: January BNL cool article - why not on the web page?
>>I'm sure I am over-trivializing the task, but the original scanning looks like the real pain to me.<<
It is. There are two points that are important to consider if a serious effort were undertaken to digitize the JAKA catalogue.
1. The digitized versions should be exact duplicates of the original. The page layouts and number need to be maintained so future references and citations will be consistent.
2. Although not necessary if properly noted, careful editing should be done to update names and proper locations. Of course, this is not done on old printed versions unless the owner makes such notation themselves. But if the AKA were to distribute such a resource on CD it would be beneficial to all to make sure that proper nomenclature id adhered to.
Also, the on-line version could have cross links to cited references and indexes. Could you imagine the fun of looking up a species of fish and seeing a sequential listing of all of the JAKA articles available at a mouse-click! Not only would you learn a great deal about the fish, but you'd also be following the history of it's heritage.
Some suggest HTML as the format. Surely this is the easiest to produce and disseminate. Too easy. I'd suggest Adobe Acrobat PDF format. This would allow for some security. Readers could be prevented from Copy-'N-Pasting or even printing the file. You could also password protect files from viewing, but this becomes a PITA to manage and it's not truly secure if folks share their password.
The business model would benefit if the CD were offered on a subscription basis. So that each year's issue would have the most current information available.
While we're at it, let's add Langton's "Wild Collections of Killifish" and Huber's "Killie Data 2000,' and add updates as names change and new location codes are created. A searchable on-line Killi-opedia.
Needless to say, it's a monumental task and would take years to reach full completion. But all great achievements start with the first step.
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