Re: [ba-ohs-talk] Turning Over Controls Requires Mentoring a Replacement
You are right on every count and I am writing this response to bring it to the
attention to all on this list. (02)
All that has been done sofar is, basically, to run a starting phase. There are a
number of things that need be done in the domain of communications technology (for
now culminating in the application of an OHS) and I hope that people on the list
will volunteer some concrete help from their expertise as soon as the actual
transfer of Fleabyte to the Bootstrap site has been done; away from the present
low-capacity, strictly FTP site . Once that is done, we can work on such measures as
proper system admin, passwords for webmastering team, site search, possible
associated discussion list about how to best run this kind of publlication and
advance its effectiveness. I perceive this effectiveness as especially in bringing
together the workings of the human mind, its education, and the means for augmenting
individual and collective intelligence by modern technology such as electronic
enhancement. (Incidentally, today's computer technology may well turn out to be a
mere starting phase in such augmentation.) (03)
Then, of course, we have to find ways of financing, perhaps along the lines of how
public television does it. And for this task, too, we need the right kind of talent
and contacts. But I see no way of getting funding without first really *showing*
what we are about. (04)
Among ourselves, I might just say that Fleabyte very much follows some of Doug's
approaches. When he wrote his famous 1962 report. Augmenting Human Intellect: A
Conceptual Framework," his point of departure was "human using language, artifacts,
methodology." Now, 40 years later, we must take into account advances made in this
very H-LAM. Perhaps, the most impact comes from the science of psychology making way
for the science of neurobiology. Augment today is, as I see it, electronically
enhancing brains to create better minds. The definition of better minds, of course,
involves such issues as humanity's objectives, cultural matters, (linguistic
matters), values, education, and the maintenance of a healthy social fabric (which
entails politics, economics, the practice of appropriate journalism, and, again,
values). The Stanford Colloquium gave a nice, broad sketch of what is involved here
- look at the gammut of speakers who contributed:
www.bootstrap.org/colloquium/transcripts.html . I see Fleabyte very much as a
continuation of that Colloquium and I hope that those who valued the Colloquium will
help to maintain that valuable experience by nurturing Fleabyte. (05)
As for the future of Fleabyte - I don't wish to see it as my personal thing, nor can
I, realistically. My hope is that it will blend into Doug's bootstrapping effort as
a component tool and will be editorially managed under the aegis of those who will
eventually take charge of the Institute as a public institution and advised by
intelligentia in the domains mentioned above. In the meantime, I am very much hoping
for a successor to manage what I hope will be a valuable public asset. (06)
Rod Welch wrote: (08)
> The 10 steps you are struggling with can likely be handled with purple
> numbers, dialog mapping, Wiki, and other advances that the OHS/DKR
> team is rounding into shape.
> Applying this to your publishing task likely requires some
> orientation, which is difficult to accomplish at arms length, as you
> know from your years as an educator. As a result the 10 or so steps
> you outline may continue to be the most direct path for getting your
> work done for the period ahead, because when the OHS/DKR becomes
> operable, there will be learning curve that makes transition a
> Turning over the controls of your publishing work will equally require
> some mentoring on your part of a replacement. The problem everyone
> seems to have is that getting things done day-to-day does not leave
> time for helping you transition to the more powerful tools everybody
> is describing on the OHS/DKR, and neither do you have time to find a
> young person willing and able to be mentioned, nor to perform the
> Now, if there was a way to capture daily work experience that
> accumulates case studies for the various tasks involved in your work,
> that might ease the burden of transitioning someone into your role and
> eventually permit turning over the controls, as you note in your
> letter below. Case studies, however, is another name for archives
> that are anathema to many because organizational memory requires, yes,
> you guessed it, "organization," for assembling relevant stuff. You
> noted on 000926 that people are afraid that organizing the record
> takes too much diligence. So, we are stuck exercising a lot more
> diligence because there is not enough time to learn how to use less.
> It's a KM dilemma that may deserve a word or two in your excellent
> journal, when time permits.
> Henry K van Eyken wrote:
> > A USER'S POINT OF VIEW
> > Let me just outline the steps I go through in updating Fleabyte's front page.
> > I am aware the cognicenti probably are quite scornful of what's going on here,
> > but it is a real-life situation. Please, bear in mind thatmy primary job is to
> > deliver content, not to get lost in the arcana of W3C. Having said this, I am
> > conscious of the fact that as a companion to Doug's Bootstrap site it behooves
> > me to partake of "our own dogfood." The spirit is willing ...
> > Here are the steps:
> > 1. Open a page in TextPad (running w. Win98).
> > 2. Scan the web for potentially newsworthy material using Netscape 4.7.
> > 3. Copy and paste URL and text from browser to TextPad.
> > 4. [some editorial considerations about handling and timing of materials. Must
> > consider available personal time and attention span.]
> > 5. Write shorts (extracts, quotations, recasts), possibly in contextwith
> > existing materials on the site.
> > 6. Call up last Fleabyte home page with Netscape Composer and add the shorts
> > produced sub 5.
> > 7. Netscape is associated with TextPad so this gives me a chance to do certain
> > manual touch-ups (URLs, article IDs, those sort of thuings), but as much as
> > possible I use Composer's WYSIWYG. In other words, markup is the outcome of
> > two approaches.
> > 8. New articles are copied to two archive pages (right now eic-7.html and
> > eic-7-.html) and given Engelbartian location numbers.
> > 9. Contents page is updated.
> > 10. Stuff is FTP'd to website using Ipswitch.
> > As I am trying to move my who shooting match from Windows to Linux, I am
> > anxious to have a corresponding procedure for my Linux side, but,
> > unfortunately, ran into nasty problems such as getting wrong characters - ?
> > instead of " etc. - copying inconsistencies. I assume these problems can be
> > solved, but a lot of time input may not produce results. I did take a stab at
> > switching to Netscape 6, which on the surface looks more promising and seems
> > to be "self-correcting." Tidy became a bit of a headache, but I forgot why
> > that is so. And I still don't have an editor like TextPad in which I can
> > combine lines and remove margins from blocks of text each with a single
> > stroke. Frankly, I have no time comparing available editors.
> > Being concentrated on content, some of the technical arcana give me a
> > headache; much of it I don't understand right away - and as soon as I do I
> > begin forgetting already. Just as soon have someone interested in seeing
> > Bootstrap volunteers succeed creating a fresh "recipe" for me to follow. That
> > recipe should also include move to XML and application of purple-number
> > scheme.
> > Wish that Doug's ideas had already taken hold such as the one where you pass
> > over the controls to somebody else who can then show you.
> > Some people have given me some wellmeaning advice in the past, but I just
> > can't cope trying to understand it all.
> > Hope that this user's perspective may serve a useful purpose.
> > Henry
> > Murray Altheim wrote:
> > > Eugene Eric Kim wrote:
> > >
> > > > A fella in Finland decided to check the homepages of the W3C's 506 member
> > > > organizations for valid HTML or XHTML. Only 18 sites validated.
> > > >
> > > > http://homepage.mac.com/marko/20020222.html
> > >
> > > The big problem in web design is that almost nobody hand edits their
> > > markup or even pays attention to it, and the GUI WYSIWYTYG (what you
> > > see is what you think you get) editors in general produce some really
> > > I challenge anyone to export "HTML" from MS Word and look at what it
> > > creates. Amazing.
> > >
> > > But I don't see that there's much to be done about this, given that
> > > the emphasis from the W3C has never been much along the lines of
> > > valid markup. It sometimes seems that they've done everything they
> > > could to kill the use of the DTD, such that as a DTD and validation
> > > advocate I often felt I was swimming upstream. While Tidy was initially
> > > produced by Dave Raggett of the W3C, it itself doesn't produce valid
> > > markup in many cases -- I've had to edit its output as well.
> > >
> > > My guess is that those 18 sites may be managed by a validation zealot
> > > like me, or had some type of company policy dictated by one. In the
> > > end all one can do is produce better tools, or agitate for them, such
> > > as this guy in Finland.
> > >
> > > With the existence of XHTML and XML tools, it's actually pretty easy
> > > to check one's markup nowadays, and even clean it up, so it's sad to
> > > see so many corporate sites with poor design under the counter,
> > > concentrating on flash rather than substance or interoperability.
> > > But that's not unusual in business, is it?
> > >
> > > Murray
> > >
> > > ......................................................................
> > > Murray Altheim <mailto:m.altheim @ open.ac.uk>
> > > Knowledge Media Institute
> > > The Open University, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK7 6AA, UK
> > >
> > > In the evening
> > > The rice leaves in the garden
> > > Rustle in the autumn wind
> > > That blows through my reed hut. -- Minamoto no Tsunenobu (09)