|Isn't it time we had a database of ma...
Post Number: 659
|Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 07:03 pm: ||
InternalFire in the UK has a great database, but it's mostly UK and European material I believe.
Seems to me it would be a good idea to start a database of scanned materials relevant to this hobby in particular.
People pass and collections are lost or scattered, along with their knowledge. Quite a few people have written articles for publication, quite a few more should! What better place to preserve the lore and info picked up over the years?
The question is, are we willing to put into the public domain what we often paid for?
This doesn't need to be a free for all; a decent one-time or annual fee for download would help pay for this site and all the time it must consume in upkeep.
The floor is open!
Post Number: 5
|Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 09:33 pm: ||
One possibility, even if people don't want to scan and upload the whole of a publication that they paid a lot of money for, is to at least scan the cover and upload a description to openlibrary.org.
I've done this with my expensive and hard-won collection of Clark Chapman & Co. (UK) marine machinery catalogs, see openlibrary.org - search results for author:Clarke Chapman & Co.
As long as you tag the upload with some relevant subject headings like "Marine oil engines", people will find it, and at least know the publication exists.
If you feel you are ready to relinquish what you have, or have access to rare library books, you can go the whole way and upload a scanned publication. I would highly recommend the sister website of openlibrary.org, which is archive.org. With an account, you can upload to "Community Texts" there.
I've done this with various books, including this one that I scanned to a USB drive on the electronic photocopier at the Australian National Library (near where I live - and I should mention I'm getting pretty good at post-processing the scans now, so the final products are beginning to look pretty darn schmick): The Marine Oil-Engine Handbook (3rd edition).