Can you give us an update on Vasa II (or have I missed a post?). Also you mentioned in another thread with reference to construction plans, the problem of size limits on posting attachments in this forum, raising the possibility of you emailing them directly. It would be great if you could let me know if you are still willing/able to do this. Accepting that this could become a bit onerous for you if lots of people made this request, would it not be possible to do something using Dropbox (or similar)? As I compute for a living, I'd be happy to investigate the technicalities of using such a mechanism if that would help
Current status on Vasa II is as follows: Under the Swedish state system, if a state authority contracts out a large job (above a certain amount), it has to go out for competitive bids. Our leadership has decided that printing books is sucha job, so we are in the process of finalizing the request for proposals (RFP) with the anticipation that it will be issued in October. We will then evaluate the bidders and select one, with the goal of having a publisher in place by the first of the year, and can then start the layout. I have the material ready to go as soon as this process is finished. To be honest, I did not anticipate that we would have to go through this bidding process (no other museum in Sweden does for their publications), but it is not my decision. Will let everyone know how things go.
As for the drawings, since the museum shop has elected not to reprint Eva Marie Stolt's drawings from 1980, I am free to post them to people who want them. Having them downloadable from a central source might be doable, and would save some effort. If you would like to look into this, that would be great. These drawings are out of date and contain numerous errors, but until we publish the new drawings (which will start with Vasa II), they are the only game in town.
Post by Peter Jenssen on Sept 12, 2016 23:59:47 GMT
That's not fun. I work for an Australian government owned corporation, similar rules I guess. We need to do RFP, RFT (request for tender, -goes out to the market) and then a selection panel that has to rate the responses according to requirements you laid out earlier. Tends to take quite a while. :-(
Hope it goes smoothly and without getting afflicted with corporate politics! Cheers, Peter
I've sent you a direct message with a test url and a few details. Let me know how you get on, when convenient.
NB This is not meant to exclude the rest of the forum, but it's just a lot easier to set up, test and verify with just one user. As soon as it looks as though it's working, the url(s) will be made public on the forum
Hej Jörgen, The current status is the same as it was about a year ago. I have text and illustrations ready t go, but the Swedish state system requires expenditures this large (layout, printing and distribution) to go out for tender, and our tendering department has been having a problem formulating the terms. I had the latest in a long series of meetings on this last week, not sure when this will move forward. Once the tender is out (April???), it will take about three months to complete the bidding process to select a publisher, and then about six months to produce the book. I will let everyone know once we have a publisher. At least on this schedule, the book should be out before the DeAgostini kit gets to the rigging stage!
Have not started building the kit yet, have too many other projects on the go. I am also waiting until I have all of the hull parts, so I can plan the modifications I will make to add internal and external detail.