Following our encounter on 11/14/204 we understand the challenges facing Making and Knowing project to be as follows:
In thinking of creative ways to address these concerns we are guided by the following several principles:
To these ends we propose:
a. To use git / GitHub for all textual material.
b. To place all visual material into Wikimedia Commons under the CC BY license.
c. To train project moderators in the usage of these tools.
In comparison to the existing platforms, our approach has the significant advantage of long-term sustainability: scalability, unified backup and versioning workflows, resilience to bit decay and editorial conflict, and powerful collaboration tools. Most importantly, it is easy to imagine building textual interfaces, critical editions, and online resources to make this rapidly growing archive more accessible to the public.
To test the viability of our ideas we created a GitHub repository containing several manuscript pages and field notes along with mock-ups for manuscript and field notebook pages.