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From: "Irene" <>
Subject: Re: [Lon] Historical Directories site
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2005 22:46:59 +1100
I think we have to be prepared to pay a certain amount for access, the cost
of web sites and administration can be quite expensive.
I think we're lucky that there is so much free information on the net,
without the net a lot us would not be able to access
----- Original Message -----
From: "Andy Hedgcock" <>
Sent: Monday, February 21, 2005 10:06 PM
Subject: [Lon] Historical Directories site
> Very quick response from them! This is their reply -
> "Our project was funded by NOF (the New Opportunities Fund) for 3 years
> and this ended in October 2004. Under the terms of the funding we have to
> keep the site going for another 3 years and keep it as a free access site
> during this period.
> We have been looking for further possible sources of funds, in the hopes
> of being able to expand the holdings, but so far we do not have any
> additional funding. An uncertain future, then after the next 3 years, but
> we know that the site is useful and popular and we hope to be able to
> continue to make the data available."
> So everything okay for the moment. I think before anyone grumbles about
> another site 'possibly' charging in the future we should be grateful for
> the ease of access to many sources on the net, whether we pay or not. If
> you translate it into finding physical location of sources, working out
> transport, cost of transport, the time it would take, or paying a
> researcher, etc, I think we're all incredibly lucky to be living in an age
> where so much material is accessible online.
> Just a few thoughts!