[Health] [OLPC library] Animals and Health
arjun at laptop.org
Tue Mar 11 14:00:26 EDT 2008
I remember you once mentioning that we need a lot of specific projects
and areas that volunteers can contribute, before we start actively
recruiting volunteers. I think we have a lot of areas for volunteers
to get involved, one of them being Animal Health. Does this seem like
a good time to start active recruitment of volunteers for Health
projects. Im sure the Health Jam would automatically do this too...
Perhaps have a discussion on this on the next conference call ?
On Tue, Mar 11, 2008 at 11:07 AM, Chris Leonard
<cjlhomeaddress at gmail.com> wrote:
> I welcome any input, on or off-list and thanks for the encouragement.
> I'm reasonably tech-savvy for someone trained as a molecular
> biologist, but I must admit being a wiki-newbie, so I would certainly
> encourage you or anyone else to jump right in and edit the Animal
> health pages for content, structure or style.
> I've started by trying to articulate the idea and it's potential and
> the result is admittedly too wordy and a little bit
> stream-of-consciousness. I've made some further edits along the lines
> of your suggestion. If it will make it easier for others to jump in
> and make contributions to this effort, I'm entirely in favor of any
> edits that the list would like to make to the wiki. There is far too
> much for one person to do, particularly this volunteer. I was
> intrigued by Javier's mention of a large agriculture-related library
> relevant to the Andean region and it would be great if some of that
> material could be incorporated into the Animal health content
> development effort.
> While I'm writing to the list, I'd like to mention that I've been
> struggling a bit with a concept that is not really laid out on the
> OLPC wiki to any great extent. While Localization and Internalization
> are concepts that are clearly spelled out, they are focused on
> language and re-use of code and content. There is a somewhat related
> concept (let's call it Regionalization) that I have not seen not
> clearly discussed on the OLPC wiki. While a univeral and localized
> core of content in humanities and primary school subjects (math,
> geography, etc.) can be expected to be valuable without regard to the
> original language or homeland of the author/developer; certain types
> of health-specific content (in particular, locally relevant public
> health messages) will only be of value if developed with a specific
> region's challenges in mind, thus Regionalization.
> For example, hand-washing, clean water, proper food handling
> practices, and even mosquito netting and/or eradication are in essence
> universally useful and important public health messages to deliver;
> but knowing that kissing bugs transmit Chagas disease is really only
> directly relevant to people in South America (Triatoma infestans) or
> Central America ((Rhodnius prolixus) and knowing that black flies
> (Simulium damnosum) transmit river blindness is only meaningful in
> Africa. These latter are examples of content that needs to be
> regionally-focused (and ideally labeled as such) so that it can be
> easily found and retrieved by local educators or organized for a push
> into a localized school-server-based repository.
> I touch on this idea a little bit on the Animal health page when I
> mention "special localization" issues, but I think it may have a
> larger scope as an issue (at least in the context of public health
> messages) and I'd welcome discussion of how best to address this in
> the content development process (create new categories or other
> metadata tagging?).
> Another observation is that although I have noticed that many ideas on
> the health portions of the wiki fall under the umbrella of public
> health and a number of the contributors have public health
> backgrounds, the term "public health" is not explicitly mentioned as
> an area of focus.
> Chris Leonard
> cjlhomaddress at gmail.com
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Seth Woodworth <seth at isforinsects.com>
> Date: Mar 10, 2008 9:49 AM
> Subject: Re: [Health] Animals and Health
> Allow me to reply to this on-list.
> I think that this is a great idea, and a logical extension to our
> current projects. I've made it a sub-section under content on the
> main page.
> I suggest that you work on putting an overview at [[animal health[[
> that is shorter and provides an overview to your sub pages.
> Library mailing list
> Library at lists.laptop.org
Intern at One Laptop per Child
<arjun at laptop.org>
More information about the Health