SPIRIN: ways of working - introduction
Building an encyclopedia for research an learning
SPIRIN is much more than a web site and quite different from a text editor. It rather is something like a special purpose Wikipedia:
SPIRIN allows to...
and much more.
Articles you have written in Word, OpenOffice or any other text editor can be placed in SPIRIN without loss of information and layout, but if you want to make use of the navigation and structuring facilities of SPIRIN you will have to provide the necessary metadata and links after you have placed them.
At any time you can convert SPIRIN articles back to PDF of Word/OpenOffice format, but of course the extra structuring and navigation information will not be included.
The machine under SPIRIN is the same as the one under Wikipedia: MediaWiki. It is public domain, open source software, which means that thousands of people in the whole world contribute to achieve the best possible and to continuously improve everything. The focus is on building an encyclopedia together, navigation en creating structure like summarised above.
Many millions of people contribute to Wikipedia, and they all have learned to appreciate the way of editing, which is inherently different from Microsoft Word's way of editing, but not more difficult.
Degrees of participation
How much you have to learn about this mechanism depends on what you want to do with it.
Passive member: You introduce yourself, show your fields of interest so that others can find you. You use SPIRIN to find other people and to look up articles.
If you are not (yet) interested in the possibilities of collaborative working and don't contribute contents, it is easy.
Corresponding member: You provide finished articles to the encyclopedia.
You can contribute to SPIRIN without having to learn the mechanism, if you send articles to a colleague who places them for you.
Alternatively, you can use your text processor to upload your articles: Help:Uploading articles This is easiest by means of OpenOffice. After uploading you will still have to provide the necessary metadata.
Supervisor, intervisor: You follow what a student or colleage does in SPIRIN and give comments.
Encyclopedian: You use SPIRIN to order your thoughts, to relate you work to other work and to collaborate with colleagues
If you want to profit from the structuring facilities and the possibilities of collaboratieve working you will have to becom acquainted, to a certain degree, with the usage of the mechanism. It is less difficult that it looks in the beginning. Rather than reading manuals you should just start.
A platform for publication?
At this moment, SPIRIN is not an official platform for publication. You will still send your articles to established journals as usual. What you develop in SPIRIN will not automatically be visible to the outside world. Your rights as author and the rights of editors of journals etc. will not be afflicted when you choose to develop your work together with your co-authors in SPIRIN.
This page about how to work in SPIRIN is not about publication and copyright questios.
Look at this Wikipedia page as an example of what is possible:
It is more than an article with notes, references and pictures:
As SPIRIN grows, it will become apparent where such facilities will help te visitor. When there are ideas they can easily be realised.