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Subject: Re: [DNA] NARA solicits your Suggestions for Digitizing Documents...
Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2007 17:06:41 -0500
Sure, the same way taxpayers support the Library of Congress for those who value
books (and recordings, and maps, and...), the National Gallery of Art for those
who value art, the Smithsonian Institution for those who value our Air & Space
Museum and the Natural History Museum, and... so on. They're part of the
"commons" -- that part of our heritage shared and treasured by all of us (or at
least most all of us).
I have had the privilege of visiting and researching at these institutions in
person, but not everyone is that fortunate. I find it a wonderful prospect that
someday all of holdings of these institutions can be viewed online and virtual
tours can be taken online. That NARA's holdings could be accessible online is
at least as wonderful because it would not be just entertaining, it would
advance research of all kinds.
Humanity has surpassed the limitations of Darwinian evolution and physical media
to embrace the unlimited possibilities of Lamarkian evolution and electronic
media. Please, join the party and celebrate with the rest of us.
P.S. By the way... this is only a "hobby/avocation" for some. There are some
serious professionals on this list, in case you hadn't noticed.
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> Sent: Monday, November 05, 2007 12:24 PM
> Subject: Re: [DNA] NARA solicits your Suggestions for Digitizing Documents...
> In a message dated 11/5/07 2:59:11 AM, writes:
> > paying for something that should be provided free by NARA as part of its
> > mission.
> You mean let the tax payers pay for your hobby/avocation.
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