A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Position-Finding
From: George Huxtable
Date: 2006 Mar 29, 20:07 +0100
Frank asked, a couple of weeks ago, about almanacs- | Speaking of which, what does the British printing look like these days? As far as I know, the Nautical Almanac is only available in one version. This has card covers, 183 x 270 mm, glued rather than sewn. It holds quite well together, when subjected to a lot of (mis)use. Don't know how well it would survive getting wet. The printed text and page size are presumably identical to the US version, nearly all of which originates in the UK. There is only the government-produced version, not a commercial version as in the US. Unfortunately, in the UK many government agencies have been told to behave commercially, and to maximise their return from data which has been collected by government bodies as a public duty, and on which they hold a monopoly. Such data are jealously guarded in terms of copyright, and only licensed out after appropriate payment. This applies to the Almanic Office, to the Hydrographic Office for charts and tide predictions, to the Ordnance Survey for landmaps, even to the weather forecast. The US approach is much more enlightened. HM Almanac Office claims worldwide copyright for all the contents, except for those small portions originating in the US. I would like to know what the copyright notice states, that's issued with the US version. George. contact George Huxtable at george---.u-net.com or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222) or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.