Hmmm...in some ways I think money might get in the way, as it often
limits institutional and personal commitment to only what was paid
for. What I'm proposing is an open source development effort on
mutually beneficial tools. Many projects/scholars need a page
turner/XML editor/variorum-edition-viewer but most develop these
independently. What if the TEI used what limited funds and political
capital it has to organize and direct development efforts where the
only payment is that you're building something you need anyway.
On Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 11:39 AM, Sebastian Rahtz
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> On 24 Aug 2011, at 16:26, Martin Holmes wrote:
>>> What if the TEI now devoted its energies and financial resources to
>>> sponsoring community open source tool building efforts.
>> I would really welcome this. It's remarkably difficult to get
>> institutional support for generic tool-building these days; everything
>> has to be tied to a specific project, or a specific grant, with no
>> prospect of realistic broader application and no hope of continued
>> development and support.
> I would observe that there _is_ loads of tool development
> for doing stuff with TEI. Good work from, eg, Textgrid people,
> and the things around publishing in France.
> But remember that this is chicken and egg stuff. We came into this discussion
> with the observation that TEIC has badly falling income. Yes, it would
> be great if it "sponsored" open source tools, but there is no serious
> cash in the kitty to _pay_ people to work on them. So we'd still
> be expecting institutions to pay the programmer salary.
> If Mr Mellon or Mr Google would grant the TEI $100k a year
> to commission small-scale tool development, I think we'd
> find ways to spend that wisely. But "if only I had
> a rich uncle" cuts no ice. There is money out there,
> but it needs commitment and hard graft to get it.
> Sebastian Rahtz
> Head of Information and Support Group
> Oxford University Computing Services
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