The Future, Second Life

Jane McGary
Thu, 04 Oct 2012 12:03:08 PDT
Christian wrote

>Therefore, placing information on the net is one point.
>Making it cognitively available is another point.
>If the challenge becomes too high for individuals to reach knowledge, they
>will not be able to make the effort or even know that they have to make it.

Very true! I've spent much of my working life helping those with 
knowledge make it accessible to those who need it. Though not a great 
expert on anything else, I do know how to do that.

Mary Sue Ittner and the other PBS members who work on the wiki do a 
great deal toward this end. And yes, I know I should contribute more, 
but I'm slow about editing my photos down to wiki size. Like the 
cleaner who doesn't do windows, I'm the editor who doesn't do 
graphics (though I know how to direct someone who does).

I'm not a web designer, but I work as a copy editor for Oxford 
University Press, which is moving a lot of its famed reference works 
into online sites available by subscription. This has made me aware 
of the many devices that help readers navigate clearly and quickly 
through a reference site. My current work is on annotated 
bibliographies of a vast number of fields of study. I'd like to 
develop a similar bibliography for the PBS wiki sometime -- one that 
wouldn't cost users $200 a year to access! If I have some free time 
this winter, perhaps I can collaborate with someone to develop it. 
The PBS could even make a little money from it if there are links to 
vendors who sell the books ("affiliation"). The Oxford bibliographies 
also include web resources with links the user can click, and I think 
this is not hard to set up?

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

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