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CD-ROM


A couple of the recent communications have been about the development of 
CD-ROMs for the summary of geneological registries.  This approach seems 
very retrograde at this time.  CD-ROMs are very expensive to produce and 
studies have shown that very few cover costs.  They are also static and 
become dated very quickly.  I would suspect that the CD-ROM is dated and 
will disappear over the next ten years.

The alternative is to archive the information on a computer and make it 
available through the Internet. The information can be in the form of a data 
base or list and pictures. This information can be made available to 
everyone, up dated at any moment in time and, when required, downloading 
access can be sold for a nominal fee to cover costs.

At the moment, there are organizations that are willing to maintain archival 
data, charge for access, and even pay some of the fees to the person who 
originated or maintains the data base.

Ian E. Efford
Ottawa
avocet@worldlink.ca






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