more observations and anticipatory upcoming updates

The personal archive is an inherent outcome of a research project. Composed from references of various types and diverse sources, they are instrumental in shaping the final supposed, much-anticipated submission. With limitations in the physical off-line document pile, how can the virtual alternative be imagined and therefore proposed? This question tries to streamline processes of information and data collections which are an integral part of the research and when it's on a specific area of preview such as in this case Mumbai urbanism what is the best possible way to source, store and subsequently disseminate. Previous observations concentrated on similar both private individual exercises to institutional initiatives. What they have in common are the singularity of the subject and particularly narrow scale and scope. As with mumbaiopendata.org they are focused energies on a particular subject of interest. This second group reviews a set of larger, for that matter those which cover broader areas and subjects. Structured applications or tools they are part of more elaborate mandates of tasks ongoing for state and mega institutional content management requirements. Being public they can be considered open access documents with specific reuse criteria. Three parameters overall considered for the platform reviews are advantages seen, information accessed and takeaways of note if any.

Publishing of city datasets is facilitated via NYC Open Data. Available in distinct categories, the significance of the platform are several reviews and links to projects which have availed data from the site. It works both ways of giving more voice to the project as well as encouraging newer ways to utilize the content. Mostly a public-private initiative the site is an example of a method to advertise a service.

A group of structured information catalogued and available for reference at the USGS database. As per its mandate, the platform strives for content standardization across the national geoscience information produced. Alongside being an archive, interactive display of the content to helps in engagement with the material made available. A definitive all-encompassing experience is a takeaway for the site.

As its name suggests the document server is a dump for articles, reports, and multimedia content. It is like other the central location of all things CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire or European Council for Nuclear Research). Between material referencing the project and content, a resultant of exercises conducted on-site documents are distributed as type, which is helpful. Clarity of the platform makes it easier to get to the more complex content stored.

A shared space for use by students, staff, and faculty at the University of British Columbia is the UBC WIKI. It serves as a course repository, a personal and collaborative work space, a documentation depository, and a growing guide to everything and anything UBC. The information, resources, and links that it contains are created, expanded, and annotated by its users. It is constantly evolving and changing because every member can add to it and edit any page.

Like other wiki’s, Minecraft Wiki is a public access application for content addition, editing or deletion on all information related to the game. As articles and files, the content is maintained by a group of active contributors with assistance from the administration team aka directors which are future divided by ranks. As part of the larger Gamepedia network, it plugs its content into an extremely enormous, hugely popular community, thereby giving it an advantage, a result of association.

If there has to be an ideal ‘collaborative research platform’ it can take the form of burb.tv _ a project by Dynamic City Foundation. This space exists to concentrate collective work on architecture and urbanism in Asia. Platform as an idea evolved out of the book research for The Chinese Dream — a society under construction. The research framework is to monitor Chinese objective to build 400 new cities by 2020. These influences are reflected in the form and material accessed on the site.

These reviews are instrumental in leading to the next intermittent update of navigation and content access, the stage christened as mumbaiopendata.org edition 1.01. The update tries to clear out issues of repetition of sources found in parts of the present framework. As a repository, the site acts as both information and document repository. The first edition enforced momentarily is published as sum total of two separate experiments. Trying to connect the two has resulted in some errors. From the link, as in at the direct domain end is information gathering, meaning leads to content available and to be accessed on extended sources are displayed in group sets of 10 posts. Tags to the posts have to be updated to pull out from the nine information categories _ institutions, projects, blogs, reads, data, maps, regulations, images _ identified. Implementation of the update will result in links associated with the categories collating content from within the platform together. Content _ in additional pages is therefore revised to inform navigation in the platform, describing material available. Document management is considered as an extended task and located on sites. About is revised to downloads, documents accessed under the three categories of data, maps, and regulations. Template on all three sections will be updated and as working links the rest _ institutions, project pages, blogs, images, and etcs are moved as sub-pages. Over time, they should be integrated onto the main information section, set as per the ongoing format and where possible material made available for download under three heads. This revision stages a distinct information space and document dissemination section. As far as experiments on the combined platforms are concerned, as stock modifications, this proposed content distribution submits a non-intrusive framework. Minor edits are unavoidable.

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