Eric Armstrong wrote:
> The thought of mining the archive to produce publications strikes me
> as plausible and useful. The process, as I see it, would be:
> a) One more editors start "carving out" articles.
One *or* more editors...
> b) Said editors start setting down requirements for what they need
> to do the job effectively.
> c) Developers start providing tools the editors can do to
editors can *use* to...
> readable documents from the archives.
> There is a lot of learning involved in this process, and it fits
> idea of human-systems co-evolving with technology-systems.
> It's not clear to me how much can be done on a volunteer basis, but
> it is interesting to speculate on what kind of "benefit proposition"
> induce subscribers and advertisers to participate in what becomes, in
> effect, a traditional publishing vehicle that uses non-traditional
> to create its work product.
> Henry K van Eyken wrote:
> > Last July, the Bootstrap Institute began publishing the e-journal
> > "Engelbart in Context," but a lack of active support within the
> > Institute made it difficult for me, the Institute's volunteer
> > webmaster,
> > to sustain it. This is nobody's fault. Beyond Doug Engelbart there
> > only one other staff member, Doug's administrative assistant Mary
> > Coppernoll. They are assisted by a number of volunteers who take
> > of
> > the Institute's server and do other chores toward furthering Doug's
> > aim
> > of seeing his Open Hyperdocument System becoming a reality. This OHS
> > is
> > seen as a tool for more efficiently solving urgent, complex problems
> > in
> > the private and public sectors of world society.
> > The Institute has some material support, but is very much in need of
> > additional funding. An important source of funding used to be the
> > Bootstrap Alliance, a small, international group of stakeholders.
> > the enthusiastic help of a prominent volunteer, Jeff Rulifson, a
> > vice-president of Sun Microsystems, and Karen Robbins, president of
> > Amtech, an attempt is made to reinvigorate the Alliance. Amtech's
> > reason
> > for being is to create partnerships among private and public
> > institutions. Details about the state of the Alliance's affairs may
> > found at http://www.amtech-use.org/bootstrap/
> > On its part, the Bootstrap Institute formally created a Central
> > Planning
> > Committee on October 10. Committee members are Doug Engelbart, Mei
> > Fung, Eugene Kim, and Jack Park. The Committee, which reports to the
> > Alliance's Board of Directors, chaired by Jeff Rulifson, addresses
> > three
> > areas:
> > 1. OHS development framework
> > 2. Obtaining grant funding for Bootstrap Alliance for some specific
> > programs
> > 3. Bootstrap communication
> > As a consequence, the publishing of the e-journal, although
> > as
> > valuable, will not be receiving the hoped for minimal wherewithal to
> > sustain it. This goes for funding as well as for participation. A
> > days ago, Doug proposed that I proceed with the journal within the
> > Bootstrap framework, but editorially independent from it. In
> > terms, there will be no funding for it in the foreseeable future -
> > until sufficient grants are, if ever, obtained for the Institute's
> > operations.
> > The editorial independence, which relieves Doug from overseeing the
> > e-journal's editorial conduct, comes with a name change from
> > "Engelbart
> > in Context" to "Fleabyte." The editorial stance remains pretty well
> > the
> > same, however. It may be summarized as augmenting human intellect or
> > thinking with computers. A more detailed statement is found at
> > http://www.bootstrap.org/context/archive/eic-3.html#3F
> > I should emphasize that Fleabyte is intended to address people in
> > various walks of life. The study of augmenting human intellect
> > embraces
> > computer science, psychology (or neuroscience as it is now more
> > properly
> > named), education, publishing, the worlds of work and of civics.
> > Question at this point is, can we sustain the publication?
> > maintenance, essential subscriptions, other literature, telephone
> > costs,
> > automobile use - all remain personal expenses. More significantly,
> > there
> > is no funds for attracting editorial material. Can one who does not
> > pay
> > the piper call the tune? Additional handicaps are my age and limited
> > personal skills as well as uncertainty about the Bootstrap
> > future. That's the downside. Off hand, we might as well throw in the
> > towel right now. But why not first try to fathom what the upside
> > like?
> > Our Urev-II discussion forum has more than 200 registered members. A
> > fair number of members are highly active and have produced a body of
> > about 4000 posts, many rich in content and reference material. This
> > content bespeaks of an interest fully in accord with the envisaged
> > editorial breadth. It also is a motherlode of facts and notions
> > waiting
> > to be mined and refined for public presentation, i.e. to take
> > step toward becoming useful. Moreover, many references exist that
> > lead to morphing the very nature of publishing the e-journal toward
> > becoming a true, Engelbartian DKR (Dynamic Knowledge Repository),
> > which
> > Doug often refers to as a "handbook.". One aspect of this is
> > interactivity among authors and readers - in fact, becoming a
> > discussion
> > forum raised to a higher degree of lasting utility.
> > We already have some volunteers as well. Peter Jones, a member of
> > forum and formerly a editor and co-author with a big publishing
> > has done a fine job of copy-editing for our journal. Gwen Pariset, a
> > lady experienced in project work, has volunteered to become a
> > webmaster.
> > Lambert Gardiner, formerly professor of psychology and now of media,
> > has
> > contributed an article and is ready take on an editorial role. We
> > still
> > have to learn how to more efficiently co-operate in turning out a
> > product, but that is part of the birthing pangs of an e-journal.
> > The editorial approach would be to attract material with an eye on
> > forming a handbook. This material would be partly unsollicited,
> > sollicited. Together they make the editorial process one of directed
> > opportunism. Which brings us to the next question: Can I count on
> > people
> > - members of the Unrev-II forum to begin with, but also others as
> > goes by - to provide quality, purposefull content? To take the
> > contributing seriously?
> > I'll pause at this point and wait for reactions from this forum to
> > whether or not we may have a fighting chance to create a journal,
> > experimental and evolutionary in itself, that will further the
> > augmentation of human intellect.
> > Any thoughts? Any specific contributions (academic advisors, subject
> > editors, successors to myself, authors, Unrev-II miners, production
> > people, etc.)?
> > Henry
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