[Bell Historians] Re: National Bell Database
davidbryant at ...
Mon Sep 26 14:01:18 BST 2005
>Does the list feel there is a good case for setting up a national bell
>If so, who should own and maintain it and how should it be used?
In principal, yes. However, I think that in order for it to be workable the
software would need to be professionally written. Unless a professional
software writer (and there are a number who are ringers) was prepared to do
it voluntarily, this would be expensive. I think the most contentious issues
would be who would maintain the database, and how you would ensure the
accuracy of data - for instance, would contributors have to be 'approved' in
order for their information to be added. Would the person maintaining the
database do it voluntarily, or would they need to be paid? Would there be a
facility for approved data providers to add data over the internet?
As we've discussed before, when an issue like this is under discussion we
really do suffer from not having a society dedicated to the study of bells,
as there are for clocks and many other aspects of ecclesiology. I personally
do not think that the Central Council is a suitable body, as most ringers
are simply not interested in bells. It would perhaps be feaible for the
Council for the Care of Churches to be in charge of it, but again we come to
the issue of funding.
So basically, I think it is a good idea in principal but without a detailed
action plan it would be pointless to embark on a project such as this. If it
is ill thought out and fizzles out after a short period of time, that could
well lead to the idea being abandoned for a number of years.
There are no easy answers!
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