On Tue, Feb 21, 2006 at 11:00:17PM -0500, Art Rhyno wrote:
> I guess I am looking for more recipe sharing, comments in the margins, and
> whiteboarding, I wouldn't want to break or detract from anything that is
> working now. All of this happens virtually at some level, but there's
> still some impedance when compared to lightning talks and physical
> gatherings, and sadly, there's a limit to how many conference events can
> be mounted. I am convinced it has to be low barrier, the only reason blogs
> probably produce more information flow than other platforms is because of
> the audacious efficiencies of incremental processing. Add a ponderous
> level, like an article submission to something like D-Lib, and the
> overhead clogs the throughput. No slight against D-Lib and Adriane and the
> rest, we need those too.
> So I dunno, but if there's a gap between what can be done now with
> technology and what can be achieved without over-engineering a solution,
> this would be the group to figure it out. And maybe this is as good as it
> gets, which is still better than it was (before irc and cool conferences
> and all that), if that makes any sense.
Art, would creating a section at http://code4lib.org/ that was reserved for formal, maybe even
peer-reviewed articles do what you're describing? The articles would be the starting point,
but the Web 1.9-compliant features that are already appearing on the site (comments,
attachments, microformat links, etc.) may satisfy what you're describing. Heck, maybe we could
write a module for http://code4lib.org/ that would pull some of these things together (drupal
already has a publishing module). In other words, http://code4lib.org/ could _be_ the journal
but it could be a new type of journal.
This coming from a guy who's involved in the development of Open Journal Systems. That app is
excellent but it is aimed squarely at traditional journals. It is moving fairly rapidly toward
a modular, plugin architecture; however, it has a piece to go before it hits Web 1.5.
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