I’m with Andrew, it’s a both a blessing and a curse. I’ve seen the same thing happen in family history. Once the records were there in physical form in a distant part of the world (result: no access for most people); then Ancestry came along and offered to digitise them and sell subscriptions to access the data (result: access for anyone willing/able to pay). For me, I find the Ancestry subscription cost reasonable for what I get access to (I use it for Wikipedia research as well as family history) but not everyone thinks it’s affordable.
So, I think the real question with SLNSW is “at what price will it become accessible?”. When the time is right, we should try to negotiate for the Wikipedia Library program to get access to some subscriptions (assuming that’s the model chosen – could be pay-per-view). Kerry From: Wikimediaau-l [mailto:wikimediaau-l-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org] On Behalf Of Robert Myers Sent: Friday, 8 April 2016 1:20 PM To: Australian Wikimedians mailing list <email@example.com> Subject: Re: [Wikimediaau-l] NSW State Library More of a concern, IMO Sent from my iPhone On 8 Apr 2016, at 12:47 PM, Andrew Owens <orderinchao...@gmail.com <mailto:orderinchao...@gmail.com> > wrote: Hi all, Just noticed an article about the NSW State Library that's either an opportunity or a concern... http://www.itnews.com.au/news/nsw-state-library-to-turn-3bn-collection-over-to-private-sector-417974 kindest regards Andrew _______________________________________________ Wikimediaau-l mailing list Wikimediaaufirstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:Wikimediaauemail@example.com> https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaau-l
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