We used a Kickstarter campaign to kick-start the process to get our information and archives freely accessible online.
Update: Nov. 27, 2013. A new site for Solar Today has been launched. We’ll continue to publish the paper and digital version. The online version presents articles in web-based format that are fast loading and searchable by search engines. We’ll continue working on the ASES main site to make it easier to navigate and for better organization and member services. If you’d like to contribute or donate, please do so at our current portal. We’d really appreciate it!
We’re doing this project so that we’ll be able to make a massive amount of solar and renewable energy information available on the web. Our recent experience with the flooding in Boulder made us realize that the current paper-based state of the archives put them at risk of being lost. We want to put them online so that the information will be always available to whoever wants, needs or searches for them.
The top scientists and researchers have contributed to this archive, yet most of the material is stored away in cardboard boxes. We made a video on Kickstarter if you want to see the archives.
We need your help!
Please pledge funds and help spread the word.
Hopefully we can continue to build, and hopefully the new sites can be transferred within the next month. The web developer still has her notes and thoughts on some of the development pages. There’s more programming and development that need to take place, but the project has started.
To learn more about what was spurred on, even though the project was not funded, head over to the Kickstarter Update page.
This is still what we want to do.
Scan all the paper assets:
We’ll send them through OCR (optical character recognition that converts to free-flowing text) and make the images and diagrams into their own assets. We have a redesigned the website to host all of this content and have an intuitive, categorized interface that makes the information accessible. This is possible only if this project is successfully funded. There are different pledge amounts with different packages that range from being recognized in Solar Today, to signed copies of The Fifty-Year History of the International Solar Energy Society, to getting a personalized invitation to the 60 Year Celebration of ASES coming up next October.. If you’d like to renew your membership or think that others would benefit from a subscription to Solar Today, this is an opportunity to pledge funds to make solar and renewable technologies available to everyone, as well as have Solar Today delivered to your door.
Please support this project to make solar and renewable technologies available to everyone.