Sharing our Knowledge
Part 5: Historian Updates in Progress
Sharing our Knowledge is a series of articles about the Historian Archives Project and how you can become involved.
Here is my suggestion: Organize and publish what we already have as a series of “Preliminary Information” volumes on CD. We have, right now, enough manuscripts and partial manuscripts to publish several thousand pages!
What is the point of publishing “Preliminary Information” which has not been thoroughly rewritten and brought up to our best editorial standard? Does this mean we are lowering our standards? No; it’s quite the opposite! Let me explain.
One of our stated goals is to share the Historian Archive contents with our membership, in one form or another. If we take the information that is already in manuscript form, we are doing exactly that. It’s not up to the standard we would expect of a published bound volume, but it is a large step in that direction.
What’s more important is that we are doing a direct service to our membership. We are making our body of knowledge available to our membership in an organized useful fashion. Furthermore, we are making that information available literally years earlier than might otherwise happen.
We use the “Preliminary Information” program to stimulate interest in what we have, and to encourage submission of additional information for future updates. We use the “Preliminary Information” as the means of gaining a far higher quality result when we do those future updates.
Please share your ideas!