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[BOAI] UN Initiative to Retrodigitize National Science Journals

From: Brian Lynch <blynch AT stfx.ca>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2003 22:31:40 -0400


Colleagues:
       The American Chemical Society [ACS] and the Royal Society of 
Chemistry [RSC]
[formerly the Chemical Society, London [CS]] have completed or almost 
completed
archiving their published content back to volume 1 issue 1 page 1 [3 
million pages and 1.2 million pages respectively], generating electronic 
archives accessible on the WWW.
My colleagues and I have been attempting to find funding from Canadian 
government
sources for a similar, much smaller effort  with the Canadian Journal of 
Chemistry [140000 pages]
for six months, so far without success.  We intend that the resulting 
product will be provided gratis
to scientists in developing countries.
The costs are relatively trivial [of the order of US$0.30 per page], and 
the benefits in
increased accessibility and visibility for research,  and in the 
convenience of recovery
of information, are so vast, that it is amazing to find bureaucratic 
arguments in rsistance
to our initiative.
Might BOAI sponsor an approach to UNESCO  for a program aiming at complete
retrodigitization of available scientific  research publications,  and 
storage at United Nations
University servers?

Sincerely

Brian Lynch

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Brian M Lynch, M. Sc., Ph. D. [Melbourne*]##
Senior Research Professor
Department of Chemistry
St. Francis Xavier University*
[#1 undergraduate university in Canada:
see http://www.macleans.ca/xta-doc2/2002/11/18/Universities2002/75470.shtml]
Antigonish, Nova Scotia B2G 2W5, Canada

*2003 is the 150th anniversary of the founding of these institutions.
## telephone: 902-867-3992 [office, but rarely present: voice mail is always 
on]
902-863-1245 [home office: rarely available through heavy use of dial-up 
internet]
fax: 902-867-2414. email: blynch AT stfx.ca
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