Here’s a project I’ve been working on for a couple of years. It’s not directly related to natural building, although this library website could be used to research all types of subjects.
Rosetta Interactive Library (RIL) is a library website where people go to get things done, either by working alone or collaborating with others. Billions of people use libraries. Many of these same people will want to use an online library for similar purposes. Rosetta Interactive Library is user friendly, powerful and adaptable, and can be used in many different ways as the following images illustrate.
The value of this online library is in how many features are seamlessly integrated into one easy to use site. This saves readers from leaving the site and/or switching between different tabs, windows and applications. Rosetta is the library of the future; a place where people can work together on projects in a research friendly environment or just have fun.
Library page layout:
Left column: Open Source Directory: This is the world’s largest human edited online directory with over 5,114,083 sites and 1,014,849 categories.
Center area: Users can open any file, program, website or application and view in single or double frames, one above the other.
Multiple search features: Search this site, Google, etc. will facilitate research.
Collaboration features and forum make it easy for people to socialize and work together.
My Library allows users to save documents, projects and search them later.
Readers could do all the things talked about here separately, but pulling everything together on one site in this manner is unique. It opens new possibilities, offers greater convenience, and encourages collaboration and socializing alongside library and research tools much like traditional libraries.
Creating community through the Forum, Bulletin Board and collaboration on projects could be the most important aspect of the site. This aspect is similar to social networking sites where community is first and foremost. Here, we’re hoping to attract readers with worthwhile projects that can make a positive difference. Readers can join a project and work with others through chat, whiteboards, text documents, video sharing, etc. to create a better world or for business. Readers and groups can save their projects so they’re viewable by the public or keep them private.
The Rosetta Library is a Rich Internet Application — a Web application that has many of the characteristics of desktop application software. The ‘interactive’ part of the website name refers to how readers interact with the site to ‘do things’ versus just looking at static (unchanging) web pages.
The Rosetta Interactive Library combines web and desktop applications for ease of use. Users can open any file, program, website or application in the center frames. This includes any website, document, video, desktop program, calculator, slideshow, ebook, etc. The frames can be enlarged or collapsed as needed. Dual or split screen frames — one frame over another — facilitate many tasks as the images above show.