ERIC Number: ED329266
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
In-House CD-ROM Publishing: A Feasibility Report.
As CD-ROM equipment and products proliferate, there is increasing interest in self-publishing CD-ROM disks. This paper outlines the steps and equipment involved in producing a CD-ROM premaster in-house. A significant portion of this document focuses on the process and feasibility of transferring existing print materials into CD-ROM format. Production of a compact disk is a three stage process involving premastering, mastering, and replication. Premastering, the most lengthy and expensive stage, involves transferring either printed or electronic text and graphics onto 9-track tape to provide input to the mastering process. Mastering transfers the information from that tape to a single "master" compact disk. Replication involves the creation of several stampers from the master and the production of duplicate disks. To contain costs and gain control over the publishing process, premastering is increasingly being done in-house on microcomputer-based turnkey CD-ROM premastering systems. Sophisticated image scanners are linked to the premastering hardware for input of print documents to the CD-ROM database. This document grew from a project at the National Center for Research in Vocational Education to develop a full-text CD-ROM product. The intent of the product was to index and provide full-text retrieval of the center's vocational education research. (7 references) (Author/MAB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A