Facebook just recently opened its API and I’m rushing off to campus to copy a book chapter for class tomorrow and the combination of these two things has renewed my interest in a fantasy project.
See, I don’t want to develop it, I just want it to happen. And happen in a way that is open source, free, and completely awesome. Hey, I told you it was a fantasy.
I want a social networking site for academics where we can upload journal articles, book chapters, whatever source material we want, tag them appropriately, and create knowledge/school constellations depending on what we’re currently reading and working on. I’m so tired of begging books (hello, Archaeological Semiotics, $75!) and it’s not like most academic publishing makes any money anyway. I would also like this mythical site to host powerpoint presentations, photos, and to stream video from conferences. The emphasis would be on creating contributing content, peer review, interdisciplinary work, and transparency.
My node would have my CV, my works, and my references, which I could upload and share. Right now those things are spread across four different platforms and it seems so unnecessary.
I want it now. NOW, dammit.