Frameworks And Scaffolding

I am spending some time developing examples of the “gateways” for introducing topics and their dimensions.

GatewayS01 in the Gaols and Systems page’s “Resource Table” shows a complex of 14 or so pages about economics and politics that are interconnected – in three layers to allow for drilling down to more detail.

Layer 1 – highest level – introduction

Layer 2 – middle level – details of some top-most items

Layer 3- lowest level – further details of some Level 2 items.

GaiaS02 in the Sustainability page shows topics introducing issues about bees.

As I develop more and more resources (for example, authoritative sites) I will be building “scaffolds”.  For example the UN’s sustainability website includes goals such as reduction in poverty and improvements in agriculture – with beekeeping contributing to both these goals.

Thus the gateways can be considered as frameworks (like layers of closely related topics with vertical drill-downs) and they can be linked through a scaffold (like a network of horizontal bars).

Search Me!

Just one more feature!
I’ve added searching to TBK. A bit alarming – over a 1000 pages of gems!
I tried a couple of free search gadgets and chose FreeFind – very powerful and good looking.
You can search all sorts of combinations, or see a site map, or a list of all words located.
The “spider”drills its way down into every nook and cranny, including this blog. Look for the little form on the right of the tool bar.

Images And Stories

There are two ways of handling images in TBK.

One is by clicking on [Images] which starts coppermine – an excellent free gallery including the ability to upload your own photographs. Give it a try.

The other is to have a set of photographs in a little website within TBK that can be tailored to tell a story.  There are some early examples of these in the Gateway navigators.  Explore and see if you can find them! Look for [Album] or [Photos].

The time consuming part of handling images is naming them (from the random names your camera gives them:  “SomeRandomID” ===> “Meaningful_Name”) and describing them (“SomeRandomID” ===> “Yet_Another_Photo_Of_Meercats”) and resizing them – from humungous file in your camera ===> smaller file useful for websites to display.

Anyway – I don’t have any solution to the names and descriptions problem.

But coppermine does a good jobs of handling resizing and storing name / description and comments… Give it a try and let me know of any issues.

Codes And Classification

The TBK databank holds various sorts of document objects, for example case studies, useful links, and books.

Each object is classified in several ways.

[1] “Web Theme” – whether it relates to Economics and Politics, or to Sustainability, or both…

[2] “Audience” – who it is aimed at – citizens generally, asset engineers, scientists…

[3] “Area” – what it is about – ecology, solar power, wave energy, tidal energy, hydro-electric energy…

[4] “Goal” – how it relates to goals – the UN Sustainability Goals, a government goal, others developed by us…

From this it is possible to answer questions like “What is a good book and website to learn about how to achieve a worthwhile goal, what case studies / projects give insights, and what experts can be located to bring their experience to bear.”