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neXus cost models

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  • Subject: neXus cost models
  • From: Brian McMahon <bm@iucr.org>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Mar 1998 14:48:09 GMT
>> I think the reference to the IUCr Newsletter has to do with an idea we
>> suggested of distributing the neXus CD-ROM with issues of the Newsletter,
>> yes?
> 
> Yes - as the cost was already being born for delivery - could
> save on costs and make it a feature of the newsletter.

Peter Strickland reminds me that the cost of distributing a CD-ROM with the
Newsletter will be far from trivial; at a print-run of over 12,000 the costs
of pressing disks, packaging and excess mailing will be substantial (and one
needs to check whether the low-cost postage granted by the US Post Office
will allow the carrying of such inserts). Corporate sponsorship would seem
to be the best way forward with this; but it would be asking a lot to get
sponsorship of a new CD-ROM with every edition of the Newsletter - perhaps a
one-off to publicise the disk to the world?

My own opinion is that it's rather early to consider such ambitious
distribution plans: we need first to implement the project and press some
sample disks. But coordinating at least one release with the Newsletter is
certainly an idea to keep in the melting pot.

Brian

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