Introduction . . .

This is a brand new blog, by a brand new blogger. However, some readers may recognize this blog's title, taken from a series of books of the same name. Unfortunately, time has a way of gradually making printed material all too quickly outdated -- especially these days -- and so, this blog was created partly as an attempt to address that issue.

As we move forward from here on-going efforts will be made to transfer selected content from the Better Microscopy books series into this new format, not only to provide to provide more effective distribution, but also as a means for making timely additions and overdue updates to that material. In addition, much previously unpublished material is now planned to be released, including high-resolution color images.

The current plan is to aim for a content mix that is both interesting and educational -- perhaps even inspiring -- and which will address the needs and interests of a wide range of user levels, from beginner to semi-professional. With more decades of Microscopy experience than I care to admit, I hope I will be able to contribute something to others in terms of both knowledge and enjoyment.

I hope you find something of interest in new undertaking as it takes shape and gain much from its content, now and well into the future!

Just beware of the occasional attempts at humor...

Thanks for visiting!


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Inching Forward... ?

 As the various bits and pieces underpinning this Blog begin to coalesce (hopefully) into a useful format, the question of just how to handle the matter of presenting content from existing publications has arisen.

After all, one of the reasons for creating this Blog was to enable electronic distribution of portions of the large body of material, both published and unpublished, which remains available from the Better Microscopy book series.

All told, there are roughly a thousand pages of material to contend with, spread over a dozen or so books, with some minor overlaps in coverage. There is probably too much material to even fit on a standard CD, let alone to add updates and proper indexing for the whole body. So this "en-mass" route is definitely a non-starter.

Making the individual book files directly available as separate entities also has its problems.

With typical file sizes in the 40-60 Mb range, and page counts of 100-200 pages, these can also be a pain to download, and are surely too large for convenient on-line reading. Furthermore, if specific portions of the text relate to some presentation in the blog, there is the issue of finding and aggregating the relevant portions of the book text withing the whole file. Thus, the "whole book in one shot" approach is also problematic.

So, after careful consideration, a rather novel, and perhaps even radical, approach has been defined...

Relevant portions of existing work will be integrated with presentations in the Blog, as follows:
 
(1) Blog posts will be used to introduce topics and provide some preliminary discussion.
(2) Supporting material will be identified within the body of publications and isolated.
(3) The isolated material relevant to the Blog post(s) will be formatted into a new .pdf file.
(4) This new file will be compatible with on-line viewing as well as downloading and printing.
(5) These files will be distributable under a Creative Commons License for non-commercial use.

Now, while this may sound complicated all it really means is that files will be made available on-line, based on both published and unpublished material, which directly relates to posts within the Blog. There may also be some files which are presented as "reference" material, not relating to any one specific Blog post.

This done, you may then  read, download, copy, print and even distribute these file(s) as long as: (a) the files remain full, complete, intact, and unedited, and, (b) you neither charge for nor profit from the distribution of any of the file(s) content. You may also create and maintain complete copies of these files, in either electronic or print form, for as long as you wish. (See below for license details.)

You may also collect or aggregate these files into a single body or 'collection' if you wish, without limitation, as long as the individual files are not edited in any way. (For example, you may archive the files onto a single CD or other physical media, either for your own use or for others, as long as you do not alter, charge for or profit from the file content.)

Note however, that none of this places any of these files in the "public domain" and that the author's copyrights remain intact and in full effect on all his material, whether previously published or not. Yet, you are free to use and redistribute the material under the Creative Commons 4.0 License, as described below.

Based upon this new approach, the first such files should become available with the next few days.

The license type covering files distributed from this Blog is:
 
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International *

AttributionYou must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes  were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.  
 
NonCommercialYou may not use the material for commercial purposes.  
 
NoDerivativesIf you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.
 
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