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