|Re: sample document library: laying the groundwork||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Dirk Herr-Hoyman (hoymanddanenet.org)|
|Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2007 06:23:24 -0800 (PST)|
On Feb 13, 2007, at 1:04 PM, Tree Bressen wrote:
Tree, I'll have to be on the other side of this one. Having an organizational home will grease the wheels of both getting this going and keeping it going. You'll have the same "political" discussions, theyLastly, once it's all compiled, is there anyone out there that would be willing to make this sample library available online?Personally I would love to see this on the Cohousing USA Website ratherthan on somebody's personal host. (Of course, I can't speak for theoffice/web folks there as to the appropriateness/do-ability of this...)Personally i think that as long as there is a link from the Coho-US site, it would be ok if the library were hosted elsewhere. Putting a projectformally within the purview of an organization means grappling withorganizational politics, and that can slow things way down. I notice howwell this email list functions, without any organizational affiliation (hats off to Fred, of course).
will just go faster :-)
On the wiki question, i have mixed feelings. I personally feel fond of wikis. I resonate with the concept. I'm confident the appropriate wiki software could be located, for free. In principle i think it could work fine. But when it comes to actually doing it on the ground, i have twoconcerns: 1. I think it would still need to be moderated and paid attentionto. Given that, it might actually be *less* labor for one well- organized person to receive documents and post them appropriately than for one or more folks to track changes to a wiki, check out each change and make sure it is furthering the purpose of the site. I'm suggesting that it could beeasier to play gatekeeper at the intake point, just like our public libraries do. 2. My observation is that most people who are comfortable enough with technology to use email can send documents as attachments (or as textwithin the body of a message), but that there are many email users who find wikis too much of a technical challenge to use--they might read pages on awiki just like they would on any website, but they will not post oredit. In this case, that could mean that many available documents willnever get posted, which would obviously derail the purpose of thelibrary. This concern could perhaps be addressed by having a moderator who receives and posts documents from anyone who's unsure how to post documentsthemselves.
Yes I agree the technology of a wiki can be a barrier. But, I will point out the Wikipedia examplar of how those barriers are overcome with desire.
Someone will need to watch over this. I consider that a Good Thing.
One more note, about format. I understand why it is probably preferable to have the library in PDF or text rather than Word. But i think a lot of community policies are currently available in Word, and not everybody is set up to convert from Word to PDF, and if they go to text-only then theylose the formatting that makes the document more readable. If the moderator (Andrew or whoever else steps forward) is willing to receiveitems in Word and then do the conversion to PDF before posting the document in the library, that would ensure maximum access. And i don't think itwould be that much extra work; but since i'm not the person who hasvolunteered to do the work, i will also support requirements requested bythose who are.
Conversion to PDF can be done easily enough. Especially if you havea Mac :-), where this is standard issue. Or you buy Adobe Acrobat. Or you use a freely available PDF converter.
I'd not get stuck on that point, it will sort itself out. If the information is important, someone will convert to PDF. --Dirk
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- Re: sample document library: laying the groundwork, (continued)
Re: sample document library: laying the groundwork Eris Weaver, February 13 2007
Re: sample document library: laying the groundwork Tree Bressen, February 13 2007
- Hey Tree! (from Racheli) Racheli Gai, February 13 2007
- Re: sample document library: laying the groundwork Bud Tillinghast, February 13 2007
- Re: sample document library: laying the groundwork Dirk Herr-Hoyman, February 14 2007
- Re: sample document library: laying the groundwork Stuart Joseph, February 14 2007
- Document format (was RE: sample document library: laying the groundwork) Rodney Elin, February 14 2007
- Re: Document format (was RE: sample document library: laying the groundwork) Andrew Netherton, February 14 2007
- Re: Document format (was RE: sample document library: layingthe groundwork) S. Kashdan, February 15 2007
- Re: sample document library: laying the groundwork Tree Bressen, February 13 2007
- Re: sample document library: laying the groundwork Eris Weaver, February 13 2007
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