Penn State is embarking on a cooperative grant project (Makers of America
II Testbed Project) with Stanford, Cornell, New York Public Library, and
the University of California at Berkeley. I completed the week-long Rare
Books School course on Implementing Encoded Archival Description and
returned to work with a request to purchase SoftQuad's Panorama Pro and
Author/Editor. Our systems person is balking at buying proprietary
software and paying $49 per copy to install it on twenty-four public
service area computers, plus the training lab, in a networked environment.
All other software is managed from one server and distributed via the
network. Public service area computers have their C: drive disabled so no
one can load or import infected programs. So, no one can download the free
I need to know how other institutions are handling access to Panorama on
public service area computers. How do you provide access to the Panorama
viewer in a networked environment? What experiences have you had in
negotiating a licensing fee for multiple use (how many simultaneous users
have you estimated for your institution)?
Susan Hamburger, Ph.D.
W342 Pattee Library
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
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