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The Trapper Keeper Has Left the Building

tl;dr

I am releasing a collection of scripts to support Open Content creation, and other forms of online research. The code is available under an open license. I wrote up some initial documentation, and will likely add to it over time.

The name of the project is Trapper Keeper, because of course.

The Details

Open Content is a concept to which I keep returning. Over the years, some of the work I have enjoyed the most has centered around open content and learner controlled portfolios, and how both of these approaches to learning create the potential for improving how we assess and understand learning.

The core features that support open content creation (as I see it, anyways) have a lot in common with research: find information on the web, collect that information, analyze that information, and create new work that incorporates that information and any relevant analysis or context. And over the years, I’ve had the chance to work with some incredibly awesome people on a range of projects that supported open content creation. I’ve also had the chance to incorporate some of this functionality into personal projects.

With the pandemic continuing largely unabated, I also had a need to put time into something that felt good. To be clear, I also wanted to save myself time, and the Trapper Keeper project meets both of these needs: in this project, I’m centralizing a bunch of tools I’ve been using piecemeal, and it hopefully will be useful to other people.

All the normal caveats apply

I am not a software developer. I should not write code. But, I wrote code, and I’m releasing it under an open license.

This code works, but that is not the same as it being good. Use it at your own risk, and I welcome any improvements/pull requests.

This code should be considered pre-Alpha. I have tested it against some narrow uses, but there will be cases where it fails miserably. See the above note about where pull requests and improvements are welcome.