What software should I use for my philosophy project?
November 19, 2005 12:40 PM Subscribe
I was recently hired as a work study at school to work on a project and I'm having some trouble deciding how to organize the information...
posted by Kosh to education (8 answers total)
I'm working for the Philosophy department at my school. The project I came up with was compiling philosophy-related media into a central database... for instance, I'd watch a film one of the professors wanted to use, summarize and annotate it for relevance to philosophy, remark on the philosophical questions raised, etc, and post it on the site for the other instructors to use.
The site at this current stage is just going to be an internal thing for the faculty to be able to look at, and basically a tool to augment lesson plans--I would want an instructor who wanted to do a unit on empiricism, for example, to be able to go to the "empiricism" category and see a list of books, films, articles, websites, etc. that deal with the topic in some way or another.
What's a good piece of software that I can use for this project? Ideally it would be simple; the only thing I REALLY want is the ability to arrange things by category (possibly with tagging capabilities.) Allowing for multiple users would be really nice but isn't strictly necessary. Free or low-cost stuff only, please; I don't have a budget, as it's a small department.
I was thinking wiki format would work well (would allow faculty to add information on their own, pretty easy to edit stuff), but I'm not too familiar with the various wikis outside of MediaWiki (which seems too large and complicated for a small project such as this, though I could be wrong) but if anyone knows of anything better, I'm open to any suggestions.
(Also, cheating a little here with two questions, but if anyone has any philosophy-related resources that they really like--blogs, films, books, articles, television shows, radio shows/podcasts, music, whatever--and think are worth including in a project such as this, I'm open to those too, but I'm more interested in the answer to the software q.)
Please let me know if I need to clarify anything here. Thanks!