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Wednesday, November 08, 2006
 

Open Source Religious Resources ::


Here's a project (Open Source Religious Resources) that I wish I had spotted earlier! (But big thanks to Stephen for the pointer.) There is so much about this project that I love, its openness, its simplicity and the way it fills such a need, just for starters. Though like Wikipedia, and any resolutely "open" project it will need some clear quality assurance mechanisms. Maybe the rating process will achieve that. (See Paul's paper from AIBI in Leuven "Through an Open Window: Exploring Openness in Biblical Scholarship" [PS I checked and Paul put a copy online so I have now linked to his Word Document.])

I hope that they do not get bogged down in technology, as the project that Susan Lochrie Graham talked about at SBL a few years back. (It seemed to run out of steam when a big grant application for high end software failed.)

Why you could start running (almost) the whole OSRR dream with the software used by Wikipedia, community editing, uploads and searchability... It is more important to get the community right than to get the software right!

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