Jonathan Penton, organizer for Lafayette, LA, has created this manual to help you understand how to begin, and decide on how, to document your events. The manual also explains how to insure you are using the proper formats that will allow archiving on the LOCKSS program at Stanford University.
This manual is designed for the average computer user, so please take this opportunity to learn how you can use the technology available to secure your place in the historical archive of 100 Thousand Poets for Change!
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THE 100 TPC TECH MANUAL
Part I: Introduction
Hello, organizers and co-ordinators! The purpose of this document is to help event organizers for 100 Thousand Poets for Change create a permanent archive of their event.
As you might know, the University of California at Stanford has found 100 Thousand Poets for Change to be a historical event and agreed to archive all of its records in their LOCKSS program, a permanent electronic archive. LOCKSS will be available to scholars indefinitely, so it’s important that your local event be fully represented and recorded in this archive. At the same time, LOCKSS is not generally available to the casual reader, so you’ll want to make sure that a record of your event is easily available to World Wide Web browsers, at least for the next few years.
This document assumes:
- That you have a Windows or Mac computer and know how to:
- save files, and find them again once you’ve saved them
- install new software
- use a word processing program to create a newsletter or ‘zine
This document has five parts:
- This introduction
- Chronicling your event as a Web page or e-zine
- Webcasting your event (optional)
- Recording your event as video (optional but highly recommended for most events)
- Preseving your records as part of both the Web and the LOCKSS archive
This document is written to a less-technical audience, and is designed to be skimmed by more technical co-ordinators. I am also an event co-ordinator and volunteer, so please understand that I am not prepared to offer technical support. If you are not familiar with using computers and searching the Web to find answers to technical questions, you need to locate a technical assistant locally. On the other hand, if parts of this document are unclear, inaccurate, or difficult for the average computer user, please do post to the 100 TPC Organization and Communication Hub Facebook group, either by using Facebook or writing to 100TPCHub@groups.facebook.com and I will amend this document.
Manual by Jonathan Penton with Terri Carrión