General Information Relating to Gordon's Datastore.
January 17, 2018
We hope that the following remarks will answer questions you may have about the operation of our Datastore. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-602-253-6948, and we will respond promptly.
Gordon's Datastore officially opened for business in 2001. Gordon's as a company officially opened for business in 1978.
The subscription pricing structure for the Datastore is identical to that of the CD-ROMs. The initial subscription for each of the three databases currently offered is $299.00 for six months, with six-month updates of $149.00 for the Print Prices, and $125.00 for Photography, and $95 for Lawrence's. Existing CD-ROM customers, please see #4 below.
You may subscribe to the Datastore at this time. We issue passwords and assist customers in the initial set-up process in the order in which the subscriptions are received. Your annual subscription begins the day you are issued your password.
4. Existing CD-ROM Customers
We consider our CD-ROMs as electronic subscription products similar to the electronic subscription Datastore. The CDs and the Datastore are priced identically. Therefore, existing CD-ROM customers have already paid the initial electronic subscription price for the particular database they subscribed to, and do not have to pay that price again. These customers would subscribe to the Datastore at the annual subscription update price.
5. New Datastore Customers
If you have not subscribed to our CD-ROMs, or if your subscription has lapsed, when you initially subscribe to one of our particular databases you would pay the initial subscription price for that database. When you renew your subscription for the next six-month period, you would then pay the update price.
6. Separate Formats
Gordon's business is that of an information provider. We consider that our books, CDs, and Datastore are three separate and discrete formats. You may purchase any or all of the three and use them simultaneously. A number of our customers have in fact recently done just that. There are advantages and disadvantages to each format (please see #10 below). We are committed to providing our data to our customers in the format of their choice.
7. Separate Databases
Please note that we currently offer access to three separate databases (Gordon's Print Prices, Lawrence's Dealer Print Prices, and Gordon's Photography Prices). Datastore subscribers subscribe to each separate database to be able to access that particular database.
8. Free Data
Please note that there are tens of thousands of complete sales records from the Print Prices database for the calendar years 1985 through 1988 that we offer free of charge.
9. Basic Similarities and Differences between the CDs and the Datastore
There are tradeoffs here. Some customers choose to subscribe to both the CDs and the Datastore, others making a choice of one or the other (and we still sell thousands of books!). Unfortunately, at this point in the evolution of computers and the Web, there might not be a perfect choice.
(1) Connection Speed. If you have high speed Internet access, the Datastore responds quickly. If you access the data using a 56k or 28k modem, you may notice a longer wait, particularly when retrieving and viewing images.
(2) Retrieval Speed. Because of existing Web and CD technology, the CDs are "faster" at retrieving some data than the Datastore. This will continue to be the case until Web technology improves. This is evidenced most in Boolean searches, where on the CDs we can pre "mulch" or index the body of data, anticipating your query. This is not possible on the Web.
(3) Portability. You can use the CDs on your laptop in an airplane, at an auction, with a client, etc. With the wireless revolution we eventually will be able to offer you access to the Datastore from a hand-held device, but that could suffer from reliability and speed problems.
(4) Reliability. If your computer and CD-ROM drives are working, you can access the CD. There are times when it is impossible for one reason or another to get an Internet connection. Also, it is possible that occasionally our server might be down, although we hope this will be a rare and infrequent occurrence.
(5) Availability. Both the CD and the Datastore are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Your subscription entitles you to unlimited searches. The pricing structure is not dependent on time of day or number of searches.
(6) Updating. The CDs are updated annually while the Datastore is updated weekly. Some users may be content with annual updates, while others may require more up-to-date information.
(7) Data - Individual Records. The individual sale records contained on each CD and each database in the Datastore are identical in content. We do not offer a "stripped down" database in either case. Also, we are continually "back-loading" our databases as we find historical catalogues we might have missed from years past. These records are uploaded to the Datastore on a weekly basis, and are included in the next annual CD for that database.
(8) Data - Supplemental. Both the CDs and the Datastore contain the same supplemental data: several extensive bibliographies on fine prints, posters, and photographs; auction house and dealer directories; catalogue reference abbreviations for fine prints; and a tri-lingual lexicon of fine art and fine print terms.
(9) Browser. Because of the extraordinarily positive feedback over the years about our CD-ROM browser/interface, we tried to emulate all of the features of the CD at the Datastore. We were generally successful, hampered in only a few instances by Web technology. This helps those who are used to the CD to become acclimated to the Datastore. At the same time, those customers who use both the CD and the Datastore will have very little difficulty navigating both. In some cases the Web browser is more efficient than the CD browser.
(10) Access to Multiple Databases. Some users may want to access each of
the three databases during the course of the day. With the Datastore, once one
logs in to each of the databases it is easy to toggle back and forth
between them. With the CDs, to change databases one needs to continually
put in and then eject the discs.
(11) Licenses. A subscription to the Datastore is identical to that for the CDs, i.e., a single user license for two computers (typically a desktop and a laptop). If you wish to access the Datastore through more than two computers, you need to purchase individual site licenses for each station. Please contact us for pricing and further information.
(12) Demos. There is a free Demo area at the Datastore, using artists whose last name begins with the letter "Q." At this time there is no Demo available for the CDs. As mentioned previously, the browser for the CDs is very similar in every respect to that of the Datastore.
Thank you for your interest in our Datastore.