I originally had this as part of the previous post but after much consideration and consultation I had to redo it all.
While I was working on the hexayurt Instructions I began to wonder what should I do next. I could either finally work on my initial plan of documenting how one could attempt to build one on their own, or to create additional documents for the rest of the plywood hexayurt family.
I decided I would do the later. I would create documents for a haiti specific hexayurt, h13 and upgrades to achieve higher living condition.
I wanted to propose launching a “Hexayurt Library” project. A collaborative attempt to provide aid agencies with an organised and verified repository of all the relevant hexayurt developments to date that would that would then feed information into Appropedia.
Then I realised a crucial problem. The hexayurt was not the only piece of open source technology that had terrible documentation. The greatest stove development I have seen to date is only documented in this series of youtube videos.
Documentation of open source technology is by and large terrible. This is true for both software and hardware. When it come to appropriate technology this become a problem in the endeavour of improving and saving lives.
Now I want to expand the project much further to encompass many technologies. I want to gather a team of 3-4 people who would be funded to work full-time documenting and archiving appropriate technology into manuals. If you are interested please follow this link.
While I understand that Appropedia already serves as a library for all of these innovations and technologies, lack of hyperlinks means that translations into the print format demands more polish and comprehensiveness. It also brings them into psychological and technological operating space of agents in the field. It is not ideal for them to be tied to a laptop or messy printouts of web content. They need content designed for the print format. At least until local expertise build up. Also as I said earlier, the people with money love pretty looking documents.
We would of course hope to work closely with Appropedia.