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.

Why Another Website?

There are millions of websites and gazillions of words about every topic imaginable. Why yet another?

Because words are so dense, we need a framework to structure all the words into manageable chunks.  TBK does this. It offers lots of links to lots of words – but organised around grids – typically, a central topic (“The meaning of life”) and a number of subtopics arranged as spokes – “Family”, “Friends”, “Food”, “Wine and Beer”, “Religion”, “Politics” – whatever makes a start to understanding the topic and bringing together the best and most authoritative “objects” to make sense of it.

The “objects” can be anything – photographs, text, websites, YouTube movies – whatever is available through the internet – or simply, a book.

And at the end of the day, so what? This is where it gets interesting. “Think global, act local”. What can you do to work with the resources assembled to make a difference?

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.”