Yet More Open Source Reflections
Mark Goodacre, in a post "More Open Source Reflections
", continues doing the valuable job of providing buckets of cold water (no, the image is too aggressive for his gentle style, whatever...) for discussion of whether we would be helped by some gathering to talk about Open Biblical Studies (or Theology) projects.
As I've said
, in my mind funding
is not the only (or perhaps main) issue that such a gathering could begin to address. "Volunteer" efforts need volunteers, and those that are too big (like e.g. the Disseminary or Bible Dictionary) need more than a couple of volunteers, with so many good projects around it is difficult to find such people.
One of the problems we face now is that if we are to move beyond the "wow cool new, what'll it do?
" phase, where enthusiastic individuals can achieve a lot (NT Gateway as a prime example) we will need more collaboration.
So, since there seems to be a long lunch break (11am-1pm) after the Biblioblogger SBL session, I formally move that we (= all interested parties who are around in Philadelphia at the time and free of other commitments at that time) get together, have a coffee and talk (informally).
My suggested agenda would include:
- what projects are around and where have they got to
- their needs
- can we find ways (through things like, prioritising, collaborating, a central repository, promoting...) to further the goal of providing impetus to "open biblical studies"
- sharing a coffee and perhaps a bite of food
From the posts:
...and from all the (too many to list) comments there does seem to be a measure of interest, even enthusiasm, and concern.
So, how say you?