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John,John P. Moore wrote:Here are some important facts that a manager at NARA provided today:
1. NARA has an inventory of 75,000 rolls of microfilm and 250,000 microfiche.
2. The cost of a high-speed microfilm scanner is USD 69,060 and that of a microfiche scanner is USD 67,600. NARA has multiple machines of each type and I imagine the capital expense is amortized over 5 years like other US government IT equipment.
The section of NARA that makes these publications available to the public is supported by a trust fund that is replenished through document sales. Some microfilm is very old and has deteriorated. Sometimes it takes a reproduction specialist as long as four hours to create a DVD from such microfilm after making all possible adjustments of individual frames. DVDs are produced at various resolutions to meet the requirements of individual clients. Hopefully, this information gives interested persons a better appreciation of the duplication section at NARA and why it is impractical for them to convert their inventory of microfilm and microfiche to DVD. It's clear to me that the current price of USD 65 for a DVD or roll of microfilm is fully justified.
Gary, I completely agree. The DVD make it easy to transfer the information.GaryD wrote:What we need to do is establish a system to share the DVDs that we buy. This material isn't copyrighted so it should be legal. I think it's ridiculous that NARA charges the same price for DVDs as it does for microfilm.