Has there been any discussion to produce an online repository of clockmakers and watchmakers of the world? In an internet-dominated world of communications, the book-based databases of Baillie, Kochmann, Loomes, Tardy and others remain as very useful references but by their very nature of being books, they surely cannot account for all makers in all places at all times. Are there perhaps numerous local listings out there that have never made it to the global arena through lack of funds, or have never been translated, or cover "lesser" regions/countries, or are the works of local historians with very local readership ? When we consider that the database books are just that - factual information on the maker's name, location and working dates - it seems to me that the enthusiastic and herculean efforts of a few individuals will never provide a satisfactory product. How often does an individual come across a clock movement by a maker who doesn't seem to be in these book-based repositories? or how often does one stumble across a maker in a general book or an old newspaper that is not to be found in these books? Globally, there surely must be clock and watch enthusiasts who know of local makers but have no place to deposit the information. Databases, after all, are lists and not the deep thoughts of an author. Yes, I am aware of all the pitfalls - the time and effort involved in design of the database, paysite versus not-for-profit etc. For now, I am just curious to know whether there are moves afoot to undertake such a project. I am aware of two paysite databases that are very limited in their actual content - so looking at this pessimistically, these databases would suggest that what is aspirational may not be achievable in the real world. Any thoughts?