Preliminary Information Program

Shar­ing our Knowl­edge
Part 6: Pre­lim­i­nary Infor­ma­tion Program

Shar­ing our Knowl­edge is a series of arti­cles about the His­to­rian Archives Project and how you can become involved.

So… how do we accom­plish this “sim­ple” task? How do we cre­ate the “Pre­lim­i­nary Infor­ma­tion” program?

Pulling the Hard Drive

Pulling the Hard Drive

I’m hop­ing that we can find one or more peo­ple inter­ested in being the editors/compilers. We have a large col­lec­tion of man­u­scripts and man­u­script frag­ments orga­nized into fold­ers, but no real infor­ma­tion as to the intent of each folder. Some are the orig­i­nal Update vol­ume, some are a rewrite in progress, some are new updates, some are newly-submitted information.

We can orga­nize these man­u­scripts and frag­ments into coher­ent book sec­tions. Microsoft Word has tools for cre­at­ing tables of con­tents, and for pub­lish­ing books as PDF files on CD. We don’t need to (yet) take on the exhaust­ing tasks of col­lect­ing new infor­ma­tion, resolv­ing con­flict­ing evi­dence, meet­ing proper genealog­i­cal stan­dards of proof, and so on.

Our editors/compilers would most likely focus on a spe­cific line of descent – the Thomas line, the Jede­diah line, the Mary line, etc. – just as we did with the orig­i­nal Strong Updates pro­gram. The big dif­fer­ence is that the writ­ing has already been done. Our pur­pose is to sim­ply take what we already have, and orga­nize it into a rea­son­ably coher­ent and usable set of volumes.

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