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Re: Perpetual Access

Bernie Sloan wrote:
>In an earlier note, Greg McGowan asks:
>"I wonder if anyone has yet, or will in the future, do a cost/benefit
>analysis of retaining the data from electronic subscriptions."

>It's not the same with some electronic subscriptions.  In many cases, some
>sort of specific access path must be maintained if the data are to be
>accessible.  For example, Paul Sanz noted that NewsBank offers a "disc (or
>tape at extra cost) as an option with the new online InfoWeb versions." It
>would seem that there might be a higher relative overhead to maintaining
>access to a cancelled electronic subscription, as opposed to a cancelled
>print subscription.

Thanks for going after the bait, Bernie.  (-:

These are the sources of the costs for maintaining access to electronic

Memory (hard disk, tape, cd-ROM, other options)
System support (cost shared with other electronic resources)
Migration to new systems and/or new media and/or new formats

Have I forgotten anything?

BTW, the writer of an earlier message was concerned with the impact on the
publisher if the library was allowed access to the publisher's system after
the license had expired. I understood the original scenario to be one in
which the library would store and provide access to the data after the
license had expired, thereby avoiding the need for access to the
publisher's system. Perhaps I merely assumed this?

------------------------------------------------------------- Greg S.
MacGowan Internet Publications Division University of Cincinnati College
of Law Library Cincinnati, OH 45221-0142

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