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Greg McVerry

@SCSUTopOwl leaves us this charge, "move on from past. our emphasis on process over results cripple us, make committees to make committees to debate sentences" Yes! Bout time someone says this we need flexible and agile departments not petty fights over by-laws

Greg McVerry

Greg McVerry

Great post from @wiobyrne glad he is on @ncte and @ila committees to work on the new digital literacy standards, wonder if they would work openly, doubt it but best way to build literacy skills requires modeling of these skills

Greg McVerry

4 Reasons @GetClassicPress Should Add Native Microformats Support

4 min read

Now that phase one of Gutenberg has dropped the interest in grows by the day. So many WordPress developers fear the loss of control they will face under the new regime of 5.0. Many just don't want to do the work of all that refactoring.

and should join forces.

wonder twin powers activate

The WordPress community has discussed the inclusion of microformats into ClassicPress core. I wanted to share our thinking

1. The Philosophical Right Choice

So many altruistic efforts fail under the premise of building platforms, data, and systems free of bias. They will all fail. Technology can never be free of bias. When you choose a stack, a language, or metadata you make a philosophical and political choice.

Microformats make sense for the web and for ClassicPress. A few properties in your HTML and you are  done. More importantly keeping the web in semantic HTML helps to ensure it stays open in the future.

One plain text file and you can be online. Let's not lose that. Sustainability, energy consumption, the web affects it all. Microformats gives us the ability to keep websites light weight while providing the plumbing for some really cool things.

Choosing to exclude, or to rely on JSON-LD alone, is also a choice. When people say, "That is what Google and Yoast want..." Ask yourself,  "Do you want to design ClassicPress for your goals or Google's?"

"Do you want good content or some companies SEO tricks to drive discovery?"

It is always a philosophical choice. How will you choose?


2. Empower the Web as THE Social Network

Scroll through the history of blogging research. Up until 2004 the research framed the blogger, the learner, and  the networks being sources of agency and power. Then from that time on the research became about SEO and dominating places others owned.

Is the web you want to build with ClassicPress? The project will fail if the old value proposition of syndication and exposure are used. 

ClassicPress needs a better social web to survive. 

Have you tried webmentions yet? No this W3C approved standard brings social to your website as you publish a  reply on your website  to a post from a friend and your reply shows up on their site as a comment. Microformats make webmentions useful. and possible.

What social reader will ClassicPress use? It won't be WordPress or anything connected to JetPack. Microformats empowers a new generation, using webmentions, and some other open protocols micropub (writing API) and microsub (reading API) to create a way to

Adding native microformats support will provide ClassicPress with an abundance of already built community tools. Don't repeat our mistakes or waste limited open source resources.

Use what people already built.

trippy dots floating in air

3. Committed Community to help ClassicPress

We have come to love the IndieWeb's focus on personal goals to sustain open source communities (everyone uses open APIs and majority open source their work). Building for yourself does help to sustain when your values align with others in your network. No white papers, no committees, just  code. 

We want the same for ClassicPress.

Having members loosely organized but bound by a sense of duty to the web  works and our community wants to build the future with ClassicPress.  We have an install base in the thousands with hundreds of active members using IndieWeb WordPress every day. The WordPress IRC/Slack channel never stops.

ClassicPress may see a huge influx of users, much larger than your targeted business audience, when the second phase of Gutnberg drops and theme developers and users need to decide to update or move on.

Many will move on. We need to get ready. Let's work together. 

All we need to make it happen is native microformats2 support.

turtles flipping each other over

4. Compatible with other Metadata 

No one is asking ClassicPress not to use JSON-LD, a commitment to open standards and APIs all we need. In fact SemPress, the most widely used IndieWeb theme, already includes support for mf2 and JSON-LD.

We just need to add a few properties to rendered HTML...and just works.

we are so compatible

Greg McVerry

Remote/hybrid conferences quite doable now. I organize them all the time. Though it would probably fail in bylaws and committees.....if it turned out like to be anything like trying to get the YouTube show approved through the board.....that was pure hell.....

Greg McVerry

How a Samizdat Journal Will Work #lra18 @vconnecting

3 min read

As part of my call to "do" open rather than form ad-hoc committees and "talk" about open I challenged myself to build the infastructure for a peer reviewed samzidat journal.

Today I released an MVP of the peer review system you can find here: soI thought I should explain it a bit more.

Academic Samizdat, is the practice of publishing all your own research from your website. 

For the last four years I have published ab Opebn Source system LRA "could" use to archive session papers and proposals. I demoed many of these and we never got any buy in.

Figure it is time to stop talking and start doing

Samizdat Worflow

We will have a peer reviewed research journal focused on blogging and social media research. The journal editors will put out a call

You will publish a draft similar to:

All you have to do, if you have tools on your site,  is mention the call by linking to it anywhere in the post. If you do not have webmentions enabled you can post a link to your drafty as a reply to the call.

The editors will then review your work and write up an openly available review simialr to: 

You will then recieve a webmention when your article is finished:

The reviewers will then send comments to your draft as you work together processing the piece to get it ready for publication.

A final draft can be published on yoru website and syndicated to our site.

What kind of pieces will Samizdat accept?

Nearly all of them. Our goal is to remove the false economy of scarcity and mentor new knowledge. The topics should be reaserch, theory, opinion, or poetry about blogging and social media.

You can use any and all modes. The final presentation will be in HTML. As long as you can send a file in html from your website you will be fine. If you want to get fancy with CSS, video, scripts, etc we encourage this play. We will provie no restriction on design or mutimodality.

We also epecially ecnourage you to publish pieces that have been published elsewhere (if copyright allows). What the publishing barons call self-plagirism we call syndication. 

Next Steps

I need to write the copy and design the layout for the fron matter. Make a few template pages, design a holistic five point rubric, and write the first call.

If you want to get involved find me on Twitter or simply link to this post from your website and I will find you. 

Greg McVerry

@christyirish1 has had plenty of OER study groups and ad-hoc open access committees. They write a report, the board does nothing, rinse and repeat. Same pattern for over decade

We spent three years trying to move to an open source website and research shut down and replaced with commercial project.

LRA too addicted to journal revenue to make any real moves towards open scholarship

Greg McVerry

Here is the letter from NEASC for the @ctmirror article:

Couple thoughts:
-They are right doing this in two years would have been a disaster. Do the leg work first. Why does each CC and each State College have different General Ed requirements anyways? It is one system.
- NEASC is also biased. By accepting one community college instead of twelve they lose a ton of revenue in the state of Connecticut. Accreditation is a massive tax on higher ed.
- Interesting the comments around elimination of Department Chairs. Ojakian has been trying to limit the amount of shared governance. We have created a burdensome systems of bloated committees but eliminating department chairs wasn't a way to fix that. That was way to squeeze more credits out of faculty.
- Do we want to look at making CC satellite campuses of the Universities into which they feed? Can you chare two different tuitions, not sure.
-I wonder what campuses will close. Local politicians bring clout but 12 in a state this size seems crazy.