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Take Our Content, Please

It seems as if the Encyclopedia Britannica is trying to go web 2.0. Sorta, kinda, maybe.

By way of their Britannica WebShare site, the publishers are now offering free access to their online articles to “people who publish with some regularity on the Internet, be they bloggers, webmasters, or writers”.

A web publisher can also link to and offer their readers full access to those articles, although they won’t be able to get to other stuff on the site without paying the customary fee.

Of course, this is all dependent on whether the folks at Britannica consider you worthy since they “reserve the right to deny participation to anyone who in our judgment doesn’t qualify”.

I wonder if they block the digital door to anyone who posts negative things about online versions of dead tree reference books.

Seriously, however, is this really a step forward or just a way to get lots of people to play the role of the door-to-door sales force they had when I was growing up?

Old Habits – You Just Can’t Kill ‘Em

The first week of every August, the overly large school district for which I work brings together all the school-based administrators and most of us working in central office for an annual leadership conference. It’s a full day of speeches and other stuff to kick off the new school year.

So far, the organization of this year’s conference has been rather different from years past. For one thing, the organizers distributed information about the sessions via a web site complete with an online registration page for the breakout sessions. You may not find that unusual but for this bureaucracy, that was a big step.

However, I guess the web site wasn’t enough. Today in our email comes the same information in the form of a pdf attachment. I’m not sure why this follow up was necessary, but pdf is still fine. The district leadership is still moving forward.

Or I thought so until I read the body of the email which tells us that “a hard copy of the newsletter will follow shortly”.

Huh??

So much for progress. This far into the digital age, you would think that someone holding a responsible job in a large school system, many with Ph. D.’s, could figure out how to get information from a web site or email attachment without needing a paper back up.

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