In recent months, I've had a couple of moans about there being nowhere (Silicon Canal does it a bit) that represents the Brum tech communities' shared knowledge resources. Someone should DO SOMETHING, I've implied. "Where are the coffee shops, the working spaces, the college courses?", people have asked and others have known but we don't store it 'somewhere'.
Well, using the 'If not me then who? If not now then when?' argument, I've decided to get started. I'm doing this in full knowledge that I don't yet have the tech-chops to finish, so I'll be asking for help. I do have quite a lot of experience that (to me) seems relevant.
I'm thinking of knowledge, information and data, to be held as a shared resource and shared openly amongst the local community, preferably as a distributed network, not as a centralised hub. I want the Birmingham and Midland area to own this and for it to be seen as a representation of the values that makes Brum a good place to build your life. I don't yet know how to do that, sorry! I don't have a hidden plan. I don't have the memory to keep up a lie.
What I can do, with your help and feedback, is work out a conceptual model of what 'Datoms' we want to build it around. Yeah, I'm offer to draw some pictures, maps of conceptual relationships between concepts. Again, sorry, it's all I have but once we get that maybe we can work together to 'envisage a solution' and start to build this Thing and make it useful. Half-solution hacks will do - we can refactor later. I'd rather it wasn't just me because I can be opinionated and selfish, like most people, and I'm moderately clueless about modern development tech. so it would take me forever.
Hoped-for side-effects: investigate co-operative/collective working, new knowledge representation structures and local-clustered resources for community cohesion and building (better rather than necessarily bigger.) I have no idea if there are opportunities to make money out of the idea and I see that as a community decision amongst those who choose to get involved. I see those who contribute having more say, but want it to be 'for' everyone. No-one is in charge but I'll offer opinion. I hope people will follow the best ideas and they may not be mine.Despite the impression I generally give on-line of a space-out hippy, my career has been very logical and method-based. Only the last few years in agile and writing about philosophy have freed me up enough to consider starting with such a ridiculously abstract concept but I've seen what teams can achieve from unpromising beginnings.
I'm not suggesting building a chat platform. We have 2 already. I'm all for component re-use but we might need a shared document platform. I may have to share the map as a drawing and people feedback changes to me. I see that as my first failure. I need a change-mapped shared thing that can make graphs in n-dimensions but you already know that.