It was like a brand new day. Officially, the first day of work on my new project with Creative Commons, which is to help them design a curriculum (of sorts) and a system to provide certifications in the understanding and application of CC.
It will be openly licensed (of course), and have an ability to be tailored for needs in different sectors (e.g. for higher education, library, government orgs) as well as localized for international usage.
More on the details soon. Because the project leader, Paul Stacey, happens to be in Africa my first two weeks, we Skyoed last week about some starting stuff.
To try something different for organizing my work, I am trying (at least for now) to organize my project stuff in Evernote. I’ve had an account for years and a loose collection of un-organized notes. I use an iOS app (Piikki) to scan receipts that are stored in Evernote. I have a random set of notes like Frequent Flyer numbers and prescription codes.
I have been clipping (with the Chrome Extension) some relevant readings, and also fiddled today with a way to IFTTT stuff I bookmark in Pinboard into Evernote.
Keeping organized notes is a whole new realm for me. But I can try. I made one with the notes from the call with Paul (he gave me 4 things to start looking into, so each becomes a note). I also started a weekly summary just to remember key things, conversations (like I chatted on Skype today with David Kernohan, and I have much more clarity from him on the fuzz of blockchains).
One of the things on my list is to think about the “public facing” part of the project- Paul is committed to doing this in the great wide open– so of course eventually there will be some kind of project blog– but until then I am doing my own tracking here. Parts of the project will be on github, and we had some discussion about using that as a a workspace too for the team he is assembling. I also have some thinking to do how we can grow a community (eventually) around the project.
The part I spent most of today was looking into collaborative workspaces. Basecamp seems a bit yesterday, and of course I thought of Slack, which is Hot Now (and I have used for about 6 projects this year). But that’s not a given- some of the issues one might face there is the 10,000 message limit but more that it’s a proprietary platform.
There’s a whole corner of Google for Alternatives to Slack, I spent some time poking through the ones described at http://beebom.com/2015/04/slack-alternatives-for-team-communication. Most seem corporate based, and thus they are stacked (get it) to nudge you into paying for the service. Glip seemed to have the best free offering– but your stuff is still sitting in someone else’s house.
The two that stood out (and this was a quick scan) were Rocket.Chat (they have a demo version you can explore) and Mattermost billed as “Slack Compatible” meaning an existing Slack could be migrated, and it offers the integrations available on Slack.
A number of the open source ones have installations via docker– but when it mentioned that some could be installed via Sandstorm I remembered that Grant Potter gave me an account to the Sandstorm environment he is running with Brian Lamb and other BC folks.
It took like one minute to install Rocket.Chat in Sandstorm, and it sure feels like it has most of what I have been using in Slack:
What I want to do more with is explore the integration options.
Then I got a bit sidetracked in Sandstorm, and installed Tiny Tiny RSS Reader, and imported my subscriptions from Digg Reader (via an OPML export).
And this has me thinking/wondering if the project might make use of the Sandstorm environment.
Because I am tagging and also made a blog category here, I was thinking what to call this project for short (and that’s something for others to have a say in), but I could not help but free associate with CC Certification as CCC which led to the Civil Conservation Corps which led me to remixing the poster from 1935 (which is in public domain, and funny that I found it also on some other site that had slapped a copyright in the corner, sigh).
It’s totally not the right metaphor, but playing around with metaphors is what gets the other gears in my head moving…
It’s just the first day, and this project is a year and half.
And I have yet to mention the B-word.
Top / Featured Image: My own staged photo. At 9:00am today, I busted out a blank sheet of paper, write a title, and laid the pen down (most of my note writing today was in Evernote). The photo is my flickr https://flickr.com/photos/cogdog/25199223203 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
The post "First Day on the New Gig" was originally squeezed out of the bottom of an old rusted tube of toothpaste at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2016/03/first-day-on-the-new-gig/) on March 16, 2016.