NSS News Online

NSS News, other caving publications, and books.

Moderator: Moderators

NSS News Online

Postby Scott McCrea » Jan 20, 2011 5:46 am

The University of South Florida has scanned and OCR'ed at least 639 issues of the NSS News and made them available for download, as PDF's, on their website. It is very well done, nicely organized and searchable. There was a post on today's TAGnet saying:

http://guides.lib.usf.edu/content.php?pid=86148&sid=640893&search_terms=nss+news#

Click on "Browse" to see the issue covers (there's a "next" button to
peruse other issues). Click on "Advanced Search" to search (although I
haven't tried that yet). They also have about 15 issues of
"Speleodigest". These PDF's are apparently indexed by way of OCR.
Scott McCrea
SWAYGO
User avatar
Scott McCrea
Global Moderator
 
Posts: 3198
Joined: Sep 5, 2005 3:07 pm
Location: Asheville, NC USA
NSS #: 40839RL
Primary Grotto Affiliation: Flittermouse Grotto
  

Re: NSS News Online

Postby David Grimes » Jan 20, 2011 11:55 am

I have been saying for a long time now the NSS should offer the news online, I would have never guessed someone would beat them to it. It seems like allot of work to scan all those though plus could there be some copyright issues?
User avatar
David Grimes
Admin
 
Posts: 1297
Joined: Jun 19, 2007 6:14 pm
Location: Port Richey, Fl / Harrison County, In
NSS #: 59533
Primary Grotto Affiliation: Indiana Underground Society
  

Re: NSS News Online

Postby PYoungbaer » Jan 20, 2011 12:11 pm

David,

It's not a matter of someone beating the NSS to it. This is part of the Karst Information Portal (KIP)project.
There is an NSS KIP Coordinator under the President's Office (Todd Chavez at USF). The most recent report can be found under the President's Report to the BOG at:
http://www.caves.org/nss-business/reports/1011/PRESIDENT-1011.pdf
Scroll down to report # 14.
PYoungbaer
NSS Hall Of Fame Poster
 
Posts: 1361
Joined: Apr 30, 2008 4:04 pm
Location: Plainfield, VT
NSS #: 16161 CM FE
Primary Grotto Affiliation: Vermont Cavers Association
  

Re: NSS News Online

Postby John Lovaas » Jan 20, 2011 12:18 pm

Peter beat me to it- NSS Act# 80-809, passed at the August 2008 BOG meeting:

Policy on Placing the NSS NEWS on the Web 8-15-08:26

Issues of the NSS NEWS that have been in print for at least five (5) years will be made available for posting on the Karst Information Portal web site. Maps of caves in those issues may be extracted and archived separately to prevent public download.
imbecile sheepherder.
User avatar
John Lovaas
NSS Hall Of Fame Poster
 
Posts: 590
Joined: Sep 6, 2005 9:10 am
Location: Woodstock, Illinois
  

Re: NSS News Online

Postby Wm Shrewsbury » Jan 20, 2011 12:21 pm

They didn't actually "beat us to it", we had them do it for us. The USF storage site is part of the Karst Information Portal, or KIP. The NSS, via a push from Cheryl Jones, approved all NSS News' could be posted 5 years after the publication date (Act 80-809). Later, the BOG passed two more acts submitted by Lee Florea: Act 82-826 added Speleodigests older than 5 years; and Act 56-827 added the abstracts from NSS Convention guidebooks. I should also mention that this was made possible by Lee Stevens donating her entire collection of NSS News from issue #1 up!

Once the new office accounting software is up and running we plan to offer them for sale up to and including the last calendar year. We've got some new hardware and software being installed at the office so it will probably be in the fall.

Thanks Cheryl, Lee & Lee!

Back to taking notes... :cavechat:
Wm Shrewsbury
NSS-OVP
Last edited by Wm Shrewsbury on Jan 20, 2011 8:39 pm, edited 2 times in total.
Cave Softly and Carry a Long Rope - TAG!

Wm Shrewsbury
:bat sticker:
Wm Shrewsbury
NSS Hall Of Fame Poster
 
Posts: 259
Joined: Feb 11, 2006 10:25 pm
Location: Harrison, TN
Name: Wm Shrewsbury
NSS #: 22677RL, FE
Primary Grotto Affiliation: Chattanooga Grotto
  

Re: NSS News Online

Postby David Grimes » Jan 20, 2011 2:18 pm

Well, I guess you learn something new every day. :kewl:
User avatar
David Grimes
Admin
 
Posts: 1297
Joined: Jun 19, 2007 6:14 pm
Location: Port Richey, Fl / Harrison County, In
NSS #: 59533
Primary Grotto Affiliation: Indiana Underground Society
  

Re: NSS News Online

Postby SuperM » Jan 20, 2011 8:18 pm

Amazing!! I'll never get anything done again!

Thanks for posting this link, Scott!
SuperM
Infrequent Poster
 
Posts: 8
Joined: Feb 22, 2010 5:54 pm
Location: Vermont
Name: Morgan Ingalls
NSS #: 61202
Primary Grotto Affiliation: Vermont Cavers Association
  

Re: NSS News Online

Postby NZcaver » Jan 20, 2011 11:34 pm

Previous Karst Information Portal announcement on the forum

I'm a fan of the KIP project. I've used it many times over the last couple of years. :clap:

It would be real nice to be able receive the current issues in digital format too... :pray:
User avatar
NZcaver
Global Moderator
 
Posts: 6343
Joined: Sep 7, 2005 2:05 am
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Name: Jansen
NSS #: 50665RL
  

Re: NSS News Online

Postby Leitmotiv » Jan 24, 2011 3:33 pm

I remember when I came across the University adding these back in late 2009. I was shocked and happy! Here's a link to yet an even older topic of the discussion:

viewtopic.php?f=21&t=9339&start=0

What I am wondering, is when are they going to resume adding the NSS News, the remaining Bulletins and Digests? As it is, its stood at a standstill for over a year, but someone here said they have every issue since # 1? So what's the hang up?
Leitmotiv
Prolific Poster
 
Posts: 164
Joined: May 17, 2006 4:39 pm
Location: Salem, Oregon
Name: Matt Skeels
NSS #: 53428
Primary Grotto Affiliation: Oregon High Desert Grotto
  

Re: NSS News Online

Postby Don Cuevas » Feb 6, 2011 1:32 pm

Thanks to all involved in this project. I truly appreciate your efforts.

EDIT: I'd be happy to pay dues and rejoin if I could get the current and more recent issues.

Saludos,
Mike Warshauer
Retired NSS caver living in Mexico
Don Cuevas
Infrequent Poster
 
Posts: 12
Joined: Oct 2, 2010 6:33 am
NSS #: 4428
  

Re: NSS News Online

Postby Dave Bunnell » Feb 20, 2011 2:35 pm

I think it would be great to offer NSS News subscriptions online. I've been making PDF versions of all the issues in full color since Jan 2010 but the NSS has yet to come up with any way to make these available to members. It would be especially good for foreign members who have to pay a large postage surcharge for hard copies. I've suggested that the NSS could make some money by selling CDs of the fill color 2010 issues or offering these subscriptions to at least foreign members.

So far the main use I've been able to make of the full color PDFs is to provide them to people whose articles have been published in the News. I can't post a bunch of them on the web without some sort of board approval, although a sample full-color issue is available from the News web site.
NSS News Editor
Dave Bunnell
Prolific Poster
 
Posts: 164
Joined: Sep 6, 2005 10:19 pm
Location: Angels Camp, California
  


Return to Publications

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users