As well as all the design and functionality issues mentioned before (see here) I’ve been thinking about developing a premium version of TRIP. TRIP, as is, would remain free but we’d add functionality to a ‘paid for’ version. I can see a number of possible enhancements that might make subscribing worthwhile, for instance:
- Development of the answer engine, possibly including content from other subscription services.
- Linking out to full-text. If an organisation subscribed the library could add the link resolver details to the site and a user would then be able to seamlessly link-out to full-text.
- Allow the organisation to add their own content to the site (e.g. local guidelines, pathways etc).
Given TRIP’s low overheads we could probably create a low cost subscription model and at the same time offer a much enhanced service.