Open Biblical Studies
It's hard to keep up at the moment, so here's a brief summary of my impressions from the recent flurry of posts and comments, first some general thoughts, then I'll summarise a couple of recent posts:
The issues that might be helped by the sort of process I outlined
- labour - many projects currently struggle because they lack sufficient volunteer scholar time (a central [= prioritised by a team ≈ peer-reviewed] register might help this)
- funding - as AKMA argues (though Mark has reservations) currently some projects languish through difficulties attracting funding (collegial support from a group of scholars might assist through identifying priorities, and also through generating more volunteer time so showing possibility of success, see above)
- promotion - in theory megasites like NT Gateway and its Hebrew Bible imitators (what's a better word for others who follow and to some extent copy a good pioneer?) iTanakh and OT Gateway may serve this function (personally I think they do not yet have the reach among the less IT literate teachers to really do all that's needed...)
- and just plain sharing together and learning from each other...
Peter Kirby offers (on Christian Origins) a summary list of projects
in his field of view that fit with the Open Access/Open or Collaborative Creation kind of deal we have been (quite wrongly but without as yet a better candidate) calling "Open Source" Biblical Studies.
Wayne Leman has a plea for open collaboration on Bible Translation