Talk:Advanced Automation for Space Missions

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Pre-inclusion discussion[edit]

It just occurred to me that a few years back I may have scanned in a large portion of a public domain work. [1] is part of it; chapters 1 and 5 of the Proceedings of the 1980 NASA/ASEE Summer Study, "Advanced Automation for Space Missions." I've also got chapter 4 scanned in at home, not online, and the remaining unscanned chapters are fairly brief so I could probably get those done too at some point. Anyway, the book doesn't seem to have any explicit copyright information on it; it's for sale by the "Superintendent of Doctuments, U.S. Government Printing Office", it was sponsored by NASA, and at the back is a form with a distribution statement of "Unclassified - Unlimited, Subject Category 19". So my question is, does his sound like a public domain document? If so, I would love to create an account and deposit it here. Chapter 4 has tons of neat stuff about industrial processes that would be useful for Wikipedia articles. -- Bryan

US Government publications are usually released immediately into the public domain. My concern would have been that since this was from a "conference" there might have been copyrights retained by the individual presenters. When I looked at your link I could not find any attribution of chapters to particular authors, so it seems that this was treated by NASA as a work for hire. By all means contribute it; on the first page just show how you have evaluated the copyright issue so that this does not become a problem in the future. Eclecticology 10:06, 27 Feb 2004 (UTC)
Excellent. I'll look around to get a feel for the norms of Wikisource, then start adding text and images during the weekend. :) Bryan Derksen 01:09, 28 Feb 2004 (UTC)

This is quite an interesting find! Any estimate on when the rest of the chapters will be up? --NeuronExMachina 02:17, 14 Jul 2004 (UTC)

Contact Bryan. I don't know anything about the book. I was just moving the conversation from the Scriptorium page. Eclecticology 04:07, 14 Jul 2004 (UTC)

I haven't even read the other chapters, they seemed much less interesting (and also much less substansive) than chapters 4 and 5. I also don't have an OCR program at the moment, so it may be a little while. I'll try to keep it in mind on my long-range to-do list, though; chapters 2, 3, 6 and 7 combined are about as long as chapter 4 alone (and significantly smaller than chapter 5, which I consider the star of the show :) so it wouldn't be a hugely massive project. Bryan Derksen 00:16, 16 Jul 2004 (UTC)

I just read at [2] that the US government was planning on scanning and making available all of their tangible publications. I don't know if it will include this particular report, but here's hoping. :) Bryan Derksen 19:21, 12 Jun 2005 (UTC)

The study presented has an age of a quater of a century by now. Does anyone know of newer and tecnically more up to date studies? 16:54, 1 Apr 2005 (UTC)

I assume that illustration was in the original? Sherurcij Collaboration of the Week: Author:Winston Churchill 22:18, 4 December 2007 (UTC)