[sword-devel] Open Content Creation

malbisse sword-devel@crosswire.org
Wed, 31 Jan 2001 10:09:34 -0500

The best way to avoid the appearance of spamming is to write to the
moderator, not to the list itself, explaining what the Sword Project is and
what it is trying to accomplish as an open source project.

A well-worded letter, explaining that full credit would be given to the
author of the the module/commentary in the module itself, and on any
web-sites where it is posted, would go a long way toward assuring that
academics would be willing to give permission for their works to be

I know that on some of my web searches, I've already seen complete,
out-of-print books posted on a variety of theological topics by the authors
themselves.  I don't know why anyone who has done that would hesitate to
give permission for world-wide distribution of their work.

They would retain copyright, so that other Bible program publishers would
not be able to simply include their works in for-profit programs.  That
might even encourage some of these other publisheres to offer to pay the
authors something in order to include it in a commercial program.

With a careful explanation, most of the e-list moderators would probably
either permit a posting to their list, or include some sort of mention
themselves, as they prefer.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jerry Hastings" <hastings@dancris.com>
To: <sword-devel@crosswire.org>; <sword-devel@crosswire.org>
Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2001 1:53 AM
Subject: Re: [sword-devel] Open Content Creation

> Good idea. Those lists could be just the place. We don't want to look like
> we are spaming the lists though. Any thought on how best to approach it?
> Jerry
> At 04:50 PM 1/29/2001 -0500, malbisse wrote:
> >Non-published works by scholars is a very interesting idea.  Knowing the
> >scholarly community, and a bit about the publishing community, it seems
> >likely to be true.
> >
> >Perhaps if something "official" was worked up in terms of an invitation
> >submit works for formatting for Sword, and then submitted to some of the
> >scholarly e-lists such as b-greek, Xtalk, etc. it might open up some very
> >interesting avenues.