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RE: Dinos on the WEB? Please respond
>THere are some real pluses in publishing on the web.
>1. It is fast. It is much cheaper (no page charges, no charges
>for reprints, you still own your own copyright, etc.)
>2. Web accessible stuff is cheaper fro libraries to get than standard
>There are however one or two disadvantages that need to be worked out:
>1. how do make sure that this information will be accessible 20 or 200 years
>from now as technology changes? This is one that will bother us for some
>time to come i fear.
>2. how do we convince university admin types that this is a valid medium
>for publishing worth just as much as publishing in some paper journal.
>until we do this, young academics dependent on the tenure process will
>shun these journals.
...and let's not forget the difficulties of reading anything on a
computer screen for an extended period of time. Some classmates in a
Communications class did a feasibility study on textbooks on CD ROM. Two
problems immediately presented themselves: 1) computer time in the public
labs. Universities seldom have enough computers, and reading a chapter or
paper or book on computer eats up valuable computer time; and 2) nobody
wants to spend an extended period of time staring at a computer screen. I
have extreme difficulty reading from a computer screen for an extended
period of time, and I've been doing it since I was 13 (that's 14 years).
You could always print it out, but then we get back to "publishing" expense.
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