Archive Man

From Greg Williams (930430)

Tom Bourbon (930429.1036)

Now that I have buttered you up, editor, are you suggesting that we might
archive material with you, even if it is not published?

Definitely! (You know I'm a paper junkie!!)

For the past several years (as far back as seven years), I have been
accumulating programs and data from various interactive tasks and
models.
...
I have often wished there were a place to submit technical reports and
notes on all of this. If anyone wanted to see it, they could. If it
proved useful to them, so much the better. But I have no desire to
put in the work to make it a "legitimate" manuscript, paying homage to
everyone everywhere. All I want to do is document what I did and leave
it at that.

Sounds like a job for Archive Man -- able to leap tall piles (around
here, we charitably refer to them as "stacks") of manuscripts at a
single bound! I'd be happy to receive any and all PCT-related
materials, in whatever states of polish, for the archive. I can
(gradually) make an index of what has accumulated here and put it on
the server or distribute on-disk and printed copies; interested
individuals could request photocopies of materials which the copyright
holders agree to allow me to duplicate (there would be a nominal
charge to cover copying and handling). We can get the process going
now if, whenever somebody submits something to the archive (c/o Greg
Williams, 460 Black Lick Rd., Gravel Switch, KY 40328, U.S.A.; phone
606-332-7606), he or she includes a signed note either agreeing to or
prohibiting distribution-upon-request of the materials. The note could
simply say something like:

I HEREBY ALLOW GREG WILLIAMS TO PROVIDE COPIES OF THE ENCLOSED
MATERIALS, [LISTING -- I.E., EVERYTHING IN FOLDER MARKED "?"], FOR A
NOMINAL FEE TO INDIVIDUALS WHO REQUEST SAME. I RETAIN FULL COPYRIGHT
TO THE MATERIALS.

SIGNATURE
DATE

OK?

Only slightly motley,

Greg

From Tom Bourbon (930430.0815)

In reply to Greg "The Putatively Only Slightly Motley Archive Man" Williams:

From Greg Williams (930430)

Tom Bourbon (930429.1036)

Now that I have buttered you up, editor, are you suggesting that we might
archive material with you, even if it is not published?

Definitely! (You know I'm a paper junkie!!)

We know! But wasn't that a subtle way to draw you out, so you made the
first move? (Wasn't there a discussion recently on the subject of, "that
for which G. W. controls?" I wondered why no one ever got around to your
obvious highest reference: to accumulate the greatest number of
piles -- make that stacks -- of archived paper in the vicinity of Black
Lick, if not the world.)

For the past several years (as far back as seven years), I have been
accumulating programs and data from various interactive tasks and
models.
...
I have often wished there were a place to submit technical reports and
notes on all of this. If anyone wanted to see it, they could. If it
proved useful to them, so much the better. But I have no desire to
put in the work to make it a "legitimate" manuscript, paying homage to
everyone everywhere. All I want to do is document what I did and leave
it at that.

Sounds like a job for Archive Man -- able to leap tall piles (around
here, we charitably refer to them as "stacks") of manuscripts at a
single bound! I'd be happy to receive any and all PCT-related
materials, in whatever states of polish, for the archive. I can
(gradually) make an index of what has accumulated here and put it on
the server or distribute on-disk and printed copies; interested
individuals could request photocopies of materials which the copyright
holders agree to allow me to duplicate (there would be a nominal
charge to cover copying and handling). We can get the process going
now if, whenever somebody submits something to the archive (c/o Greg
Williams, 460 Black Lick Rd., Gravel Switch, KY 40328, U.S.A.; phone
606-332-7606), he or she includes a signed note either agreeing to or
prohibiting distribution-upon-request of the materials. The note could
simply say something like:

I HEREBY ALLOW GREG WILLIAMS TO PROVIDE COPIES OF THE ENCLOSED
MATERIALS, [LISTING -- I.E., EVERYTHING IN FOLDER MARKED "?"], FOR A
NOMINAL FEE TO INDIVIDUALS WHO REQUEST SAME. I RETAIN FULL COPYRIGHT
TO THE MATERIALS.

SIGNATURE
DATE

OK?

OK! That sounds like what I have hoped for, lo these many years. My guess is
there will be a number of demonstrations, models, data sets and the like
that will prove useful to some of the denizens of CSG-L.

Citations of this material probably would fall in the category the American
Psychological Association identifies as "unpublised manuscripts and
publications of limited circulation," or perhaps "technical and research
reports." The two categories are not mutually exclusive. The APA style
manual includes several variations on those themes. Our material seems most
like what they call "report from private organization," "manuscript from
document deposit service," "limited circulation work" -- that is the style I
have used to cite "blind men" and "worlds", from Closed Loop, "not submitted
for publication," or "unpublished data from study."

Only slightly motley,

Greg

Only slightly? At the next CSG meeting, let's add a vote on that claim to
the session where we decide the swimsuit competition between Cziko and
Marken for best figure! (In that one, the smart money is on Cziko.)

Until later,
  Tom Bourbon