13.0377 CD-ROMs in libraries

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Date: Sun Feb 06 2000 - 09:46:01 CUT

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 13, No. 377.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Sun, 06 Feb 2000 09:32:53 +0000
             From: Leo Robert Klein <lk13@is2.nyu.edu>
             Subject: Re: 13.0375 CD-ROMs in libraries & Octavo matters

    On Fri, 4 Feb 2000,cbf@socrates.berkeley.edu wrote:

    > CD-ROM disks drive librarians crazy. Large libraris have hundreds if not
    > thousands of them. They all have different software and they all must be
    > installed. Some can run on networks; some can't. They are _much_ more
    > dificult to deal with than printed books for these reasons.

    This is particularly true not merely for the relatively benign pdf
    format but for the ton of cdroms that came with books using interactive
    technology. Already, CD-ROMs authored in Director 4, a common enough
    authoring package circa 1995, do not play correctly on modern machines.

    I don't really see how libraries will be able to do much since they're
    having enough trouble coming to grips with current technology. Also, the
    cd-rom itself is an end product--something "compiled" from original
    authoring files (a.k.a the assets). Having the cdrom is much like having
    a java application already compiled in bytecode--there's not much you can
    do with it.

    I think in five years we can forget about such titles as the celebrated
    cdrom that accompanied "Passage to Vietnam" (1994). The plastic disk will
    outlive the content it holds.


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