Proceedings on CD

GJ Gast gjgast at
Tue Nov 7 16:20:30 EST 2000

Dear all,

Ove wrote:
> The only problem is that not all people will have access to good web resources.
> A CD with manuscripts could be burnt that might be offered to those scientists
> who do not have the benefit of fast Internet resources.
> Regards,
> Ove

I have in Bali coined the idea of printing and distributing the symposium 
proceedings on CD. Some advantages I see:

1. Printing costs of the paper version are about US$100,000 plus roughly 
US$20 on postage for each. A CD costs less than one dollar and postage is 
hardly more than a normal letter. With 1500 participants the paper version 
costs 130,000 and the CD version roughly 3000, an almost 98% reduction of 
the costs.

2. CD's are now 900 MB, undoubtably larger in 4 years. So a 1000 authors 
will have about 1 MB each for their paper. A paper can be written in any 
format the author wishes. MS Word obviously, but why not in HTML as a 
web page? Colours can be used, tables, graphs, pictures, models, 
simulations and data sets as long as it fits the set amount of disk space. If 
the articles are burned on 2 CD's every author will have 2 MB. There is no 

3. Lay-out of the papers can be done by the authors, which means a 
tremendous reduction of the work load for the symposium proceedings 
editor. This allows the publication of the proceedings a few months after the 
symposium rather than a few years.

4. In the proceedings of the Bali meeting only 400 papers out of over a 1000 
oral contributions will be selected for publications. There is no such reduction 
necessary when working with CD's. 

5. You can easily share your copy with your students or co-workers by 
placing it on the internal network or by simply burning copies.

6. Even in the developing countries computers with CD ROM players are 
common now. Everybody can use a CD.

7. If the structure of the CD is written in HTML the whole thing can easily be 
made available through a webpage as well.

My two cents. Cheers, GJ.
Dr. Gert Jan Gast
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