Over the past few months i've been working on a proof-of-concept for an archival website..
To capture the wonderful stuff regarding sustainability
Being shared among networks such as this,
To properly attribute & manage the info so that:
1. It becomes accessible to a broader audience; and
2. You can find it when you need it even after months or years have gone by.
The pilot site is here:
please check it out and let me know how you feel about it.
Look at the left & right for slide-in menus.
See the About section if you're getting curious.
This site goes way beyond the confines of standard websites/blogs and pushes the limits for the features needed.
Proud to share it was all done using free and open source technology, namely wordpress enhanced with a platoon of plugins.
The site's USP is a multi-channel filter using which you can filter down to the subject, type, location, level, language etc to refine your search.
The articles can also have features like their own map location and mulitple attachments.
What's needed now: The Human Component
While technology is important, for something like this to succeed we need many caring hands on deck. Without that, this is just a tool without a master, and there's no way just one or two or people can keep up with the plethora of content being shared nowadays.
At the NPC (National Permaculture Convergence, Feb'16) and since, i got a strong feeling that the time has come, there are many more people coming forward wanting to do this and telling me they need something like this. So hoping to find ways to take this forward! Maybe a group out there with enough hands onboard can adopt this. Or maybe multiple groups can depute people and co-host it. Do reply back if you're interested.
There's a cool Submit an Article section where you can create an article yourself, attach a photo too, and when you submit it, it'll queue up for an editor to attribute, approve and publish. This keeps minimal load on you as a contributor... no need to login etc.
Lastly, this work is shared in the spirit of gift economy. The output is open source and free, while the inputs have been time-taking and a great learning experience for me (am open to web design projects, ahem!). If you liked this initiative and want to contribute towards it in any way, then click here: Contribute