The Washington Public Shore Guide: Spotlight on Public Information

by James W. Scott, Washington Dep of Ecology, Olympia, WA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


The development of the Washington Public Shore Guide: Marine Waters is traced from its early conception through publication in May of 1986 to the preparation of a supplement late in 1986. This paper discusses how the concept originated and was defined, the research which was required and the problems of finding the right talent to work on a book of this kind. It covers the creation of a micro-computer data base which computer for word processing and typesetting is discussed. Problems encountered are discussed as are the solutions which were found. The author also describes the decision process and the criteria used to determine which sites would be included in the guide and which would not. Finally, the process of obtaining a publisher, negotiating a publishing contract and working with the publisher is covered.

Subject Headings: Public information programs | Shores | Water-based recreation | Water supply | Publications | Negotiation | Sea water | Databases | Washington | United States

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