The Text Outline Project: How to Get Involved, Now
This is your project. And we're not just saying that.
The first step is to read about what we're doing.
Then think about how you can best contribute: content collaboration,
conceptualization, policy, software, design, etc. Come to grips with what
we're doing, what the constraints are, and then we invite you to visualize what
role you want to play in it. Then help us get to work!
Some further steps:
- Everyone: if you are interested in any aspect of this project, you
agree with the mission and fundamental policies,
and you can make a positive contribution, please subscribe to
the project's general discussion list.
- Coders: if you are interested in adopting, adapting, and writing
open source software for this project, please subscribe to
the Textop-OSS mailing list.
- Experts: if you or someone you know has a deep academic or
professional background and interest in what we're up to, consider joining (or
asking your acquaintance to join) Textop's Advisory Committee. E-mail
Larry Sanger: larry.sanger at dufoundation.org
- Professors: we obviously have an essential need for scholars who
have mastered and can speak authoritatively about the widest range of texts in
the public domain, who are willing to think through the opportunities and
problems associated with pursuing the Collation Project in their particular
disciplines. Please e-mail the project director, Larry Sanger
(larry.sanger at dufoundation.org); we will be setting up subject area mailing
lists, which you may help direct.
- Graduate students: we expect that a great deal of the actual work
of the Collation Project, and some other projects, will be done by people
capable of doing graduate student-level work. Graduate students in many
fields are focused on grappling carefully with texts, and are already doing
the sort of work needed for the Collation Project. Please join
the project's general discussion list as well
as any mailing list in your area, if there is one yet.
- Editors: professional editors particularly those who work with
academic and classic texts, and including copyeditors, please join
the project's general discussion list and help
us think through how to host, mark up, and otherwise work with large numbers
- Designers: there will no doubt be an ongoing need to make and adapt
a simple but elegant design for many aspects of the project. Please join
the project's general discussion list and be
bold in offering design ideas.
- Everyone again: if you want to think with the project director about how
best to use your abilities, feel free to e-mail Larry Sanger: sanger at
and explain what you want to do, and we'll talk.
Right now, we are still conceptualizing the project and putting the community
together. If you like, you can track our
progress. List discussions and a
pilot project have kicked off.
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