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Re: neXus cost models

Too much messages today to answer to all of them!

> >> 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?

I thougt that the primary aim of the Nexus project was to help scientists in
countries where the networks ar poor to access information. I am confused.

> > 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?

Peter is right and I am not sure that most of our community would like to
receive the Newsletter on CD. They like to browse their personal copy at 
different places (including in the bus going home!). The situation is different
for a scientific journal where you retrieve a given paper and sometimes browse
very quickly some others.

Not only does it costs money but it is not yet in the spirit.

Do we agree about the fact that the primary use of Nexus is to deliver
information which is not accessible on the net to scientists in less developed



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