Medline on CD-ROM?

S. A. Modena samodena at csemail.cropsci.ncsu.edu
Thu Jun 11 00:11:50 EST 1992

In article <12423 at gazette.bcm.tmc.edu> steffen at mbcr.bcm.tmc.edu (David Steffen) writes:
>I would like to comment on several issues that have come up -re- the
>Medline access thread.

......deleted some good stuff....

>IMHO, CDs are an excellent distribution medium; they are cheap, rugged,
>and high capacity.  However, they are slow.  Given the current costs
>of high capacity hard drives, I think it would be worth distributing
>Medline on CD, but copying it to an institution-wide hard disk for
>David Steffen

Before access via InterNet was shut off, I'd telnet into the Iowa State
library's AGRICOLA database and do a search with 1 sec response times....
compared to sitting at a PS/2 Model 35 and a CD-ROM in our library and
getting 20-30 sec search response times.  Dave's point is the
crux of the matter: an intensively used CD database will be frustrating
UNLESS you put it on a 1-Gig SCSI 15-ms hard drive and a CPU that cranks!

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