Over in the IFDB curation questions thread, there was some discussion about community maintenance and updates of IFDB as a service.
Dan Fabulich and I contacted MJR about this to ask his thoughts. Turns out, Mike has been thinking about the same subject recently. He wrote:
I think you guys [IFTF] were thinking along the lines of trying to resource some incremental development work on the site. At the moment, I’d be more inclined to look into outright migration of the site, as that would better address keeping the lights on long-term.
So we started talking about that, and, long story short, we agree that it would be a good idea for IFTF to take over IFDB.
Of course there’s a lot more to this than just saying so! Here are the easy parts:
- A domain name. I’ve prospectively registered http://ifdb.info and http://ifdata.net. (Opinions?) (Both point to ifarchive.org right now, but this will change.)
- Server hosting. IFTF has a standard setup for this (linode hosts). I can spin up whatever is needed.
- Getting the software and database from Mike. I will talk to him about this. (This is a MySQL database and a lot of PHP.)
- When the site is up, Mike will point the old domain (ifdb.tads.org) at the new site.
Here are the parts that still have to be figured out:
- There must be a committee. That is, a group of volunteers who will be actively in charge of running IFDB.
- Someone has to run the show. The buck stops somewhere.
- The committee will be responsible for policy decisions and planning updates and new features.
- The committee will be responsible for editing. This means fixing metadata where necessary. (There was some discussion about fixing incorrect or malicious tags.) It also means dealing with spam and trolling, both of which are real problems that Mike has had to deal with over the years. I figure there should be at least a couple of people on active editing/moderation duty.
- Someone has to be technical lead. This means being able to administer the database, fix bugs, apply software updates, add new features as the committee decides. Again, this is MySQL and PHP running on Linux.
I expect that this will wind up as a subcommittee of the IFTF Archive Committee, which means it will report to me. (And I report to the Board of Directors.) I do not intend to run the show! My goal for this thread is to get a bunch of folks who are excited about running this show.
The curation thread demonstrates that there are people on this forum who are enthusiastic about IFDB policy issues.
:) So that should get us started! We will also be canvassing other forums and communities, since we want a diverse and inclusive committee.