Worknets Interface Architecture Committee
- We're starting a Worknets Interface Architecture Committee. Franz
Nahrada and I spoke today. Two weeks ago, I also spoke with Franz's
friend Ralf Schlatterbeck. We'll be meeting online every two weeks or
so to coordinate our efforts and resources for developing our websites.
I invite you to join us as you can, either on a regular basis or with
ideas as they come up.
Perhaps we could meet during Pamela McLean's next chat, which is
Thursday, September 3, 2009 starting 13:00 London, 15:00 Kenya? We
would use Skype alongside our chat room (http://www.worknets.org/chat/ )
I'm working on many aspects of our websites
One priority is to make progress on websites related to Franz's vision.
I'm also interested in responding to Ricardo's needs (such as creating a
text-to-jpg ebook creator), Edward's needs and more that we might have.
Franz leads our Global Villages working group
His vision of Global Villages is a fundamental layer of our Worknets
culture. We think it's a natural outcome of organizing around
Franz is thinking about four websites. I've set up wiki pages so that
we can collect related knowledge. This is good work for our online
1) Collaborative Workspace
We've benefited enormously from our chat room, inspired by Pamela McLean
and Asif Daya. We'll now be expanding our capabilities for live
meetings. This includes integrating phone and chat in novel ways. Ralf
is an expert at open source telephony projects. We may have cooperative
drawing tools. We may use video bridges. Or work together on design
files (like Thingiverse).
2) Global Villages Network globalvillages.org
will be a formal organization and also a social networking space,
perhaps replacing Franz's Ning, and I suggest, perhaps building on our
3) Global Villages Magazine globalvillages.org
Franz wants an attractive, inspirational online magazine for the Global
Villages movement. We can start making lists of authors and articles we
like, and in general, a reading list for global villages.
4) Global Villages Directory globalvillages.at
A comprehensive list of global villages around the world.
As we add data and examples to the wiki pages, we'll have real data and
metadata that I can build reports from and that we can use for
prototyping our system. This will also help us see what is immediately
useful for us in our work. We can support Samwel Kongere's efforts, for
example, in sustainable agriculture and tourism.
We're also interested in a practical approach to presenting data.
Appropedia.org is unhelpful in answering a question like "What are the
recommended (or any) options for generating 1,000 watts?" We want to
organize information (and experiences, stories, people) in terms of such
basic questions and get related information.
Michel Bauwens and others are organizing a meeting in Manchester, UK in
November on related issues of developing websites for online
collaboration. Ralf will represent us there.
Franz was disappointed that the Clear Village project in Barcelona is
charging money for the invited experts like him to participate. (A fact
not evident from their website). http://www.clear-village.org/about
He's keen to meet Danish architect Bjarke Ingels http://big.dk and
others. I also understand now better Franz's dream that we get
together to use our imagination to design a village of the 21st
century. Most villages will not arise this way, but rather evolve from
the existing built environment. Yet imagining and building a village
from scratch frees us of the constraints on our imagination. This is
one reason why Marcin Jakubowski's Factor E Farm has been so attractive
I invite our help as we develop our websites. I think we'll get much
done by the end of the year!
That's great news.
I've made a link to the ProWiki code that I'm using:
Please can you compare it with the DorfWiki version? and perhaps combine
I would start a SourceForge project (perhaps called WorkNets) which
could include our ProWiki code and also additional scripts that I am
using and creating. What do you think?
Can we talk this week about next steps? What time?
I also looked at http://www.globalvillage.at Franz, that helps to
understand your vision. It would be good to coordinate regarding that, too.
Also, Ricardo and I are making good progress on the Online Text
Converter. It is working pretty well at
http://www.worknets.org/software/ebook/ It converts plain text into a
series of JPG images for view on a DVD player or other device. Josephat
Ndibalema is interested in publishing learning materials in Kiswahili
and others in Africa are interested, too. See also:
http:///www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?OnlineTextConverter It would be good
to think what kind of materials we should start to publish. Josephat,
is Thursday a good day to chat? Is 16:00 Kenya time possible? Ricardo,
Samwel, Tom, could you join us?
I'm also interested to get our "photo blogs" going quickly so that we
have streams of photos and captions from our different locations. I
have built an uploader http://www.worknets.org/software/addphoto.php
and you can see our photos http://www.ms.lt/?source=Photos so it's
mostly a matter of formatting them nicely per person.
I'm very glad that Edward Cherlin http://www.earthtreasury.org and Franz
Nahrada http://www.globalvillages.info are active at our subwikis. I
invite us to join me at our chat room http://www.worknets.org/chat/ and
train with me how to help Edward, Franz and others online. I'm
interested to build up our Help Room team with our Economy of Dreams
http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?Tasks Please let me know what would
More thoughts or priorities?
Ralf Schlatterbeck wrote:
> On Sat, Aug 29, 2009 at 12:51:09AM +0300, Andrius Kulikauskas wrote:
>> We're starting a Worknets Interface Architecture Committee. Franz
>> Nahrada and I spoke today. Two weeks ago, I also spoke with Franz's
>> friend Ralf Schlatterbeck. We'll be meeting online every two weeks or
>> so to coordinate our efforts and resources for developing our websites.
>> I invite you to join us as you can, either on a regular basis or with
>> ideas as they come up.
>> I invite our help as we develop our websites. I think we'll get much
>> done by the end of the year!
> Hello Andrius, hello all others interested in ProWiki
> I've just looked at the various versions of ProWiki installed on various
> - ProWiki last Open Source version on Sourceforge:
> Revision: 2.0.045
> This is also the version we're currently running at globalvillage.at
> - ProWiki installed on dorfwiki.org:
> Revision: 2.0.049
> - ProWiki installed on www.worknets.org
> Revision: 2.0.046
> You can find out the version by appending "?action=version" to the
> wiki-Link (ending in wiki.cgi).
> So I suggest we work from 046 and check what features we're missing that
> are used in dorfwiki.org (this is 3 versions from the one worknets is
> Franz: Where there any changes to dorfwiki for specific features that
> you're aware of?