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Specs in brief

Each item below needs its own page and detailed discussion. A good bit of development and planning has been done without specifications, and in pursuit of a narrow if admirable set of goals without detailed or spanning use cases.

Content, linking, publishing

Link once, find everywhere : It should be possible to link out to further information without knowing how far away the information is on the network. URLs have to do with location; even URIs have overtones of being a specific resource and not a specific concept. If I want to link out to more information about monkeys, I should be able to denote that without specifying the exact resource I want to use -- the reader will have only a limited set of resources available.

As an example: I might include the link info:monkeys and wish to specify that I want the "info" namespace to look first for a local dictionary service; then for content bundles named "info", "dictionary", "wiki", "wikipedia"; then for a "monkeys" page on a local school server, a regional server, or a set of websites (each with their own mapping of a keyword to a URL). These mappings could be provided in a global database, a most-used subset of which is on every XO; with optional overrides and changes in priority contained within a content bundle. Finally, there should be options for what to do when multiple namespaces exist -- the link to 'monkeys' might indicate on hover how many options there are beyond the obvious; a global preference might cause following a multiple-result hyperlinks to display a list of search results rather than immediately taking you to the top ranked result.

Contribution process : Guidelines and explicit forms for contributing files, bundles, or collections to be automatically-bundled to the [[global library]] and to one's local network; the former through interfaces on the Internet, the latter through the local library interface.

one global process; national addenda*

New language requests : Guidelines for making a new language request -- wiki, pootle, core library, mailing list, keyboard, IRC channel.

Knowledge flow : How ideas and knowledge and information should flow through an XO community and network. See Memebrand.


Community

Local group creation: A process for identifying and announcing an [[OLPC user group]], including definition on a project page, identifying members, applying for an email account and sending mail to the grassroots list.

includes guidelines for interacting with local government, media, event organizers, NGOs, LUGs, and the like.

Official community hubs: Guidelines for becoming an officially-recognized OLPC community hub, with public details about projects and members, eligible for local receipt and distribution of community XOs. This ties into local aggregation of laptop distribution.

Laptop distribution: Guidelines for submitting a project, use case, or other request for short or long-term use of community XOs to develop, test, promote, research, educate or inspire on or with the laptops; guided by a list of XO request guidelines that encourages community debate, prioritization, and sharing of new projects. A process for regular selection of projects and groups to receive laptops.



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