A "user-friendly" Text is essential in many circumstances,
and several of my projects have aimed at creating this for particular
My Websites. My Woodlands
Web site has sections on Site
Design and Site
Operation which are aimed at "the average computer user",
to help them get started with their first website. The system is
intended to help them make the design choices that they want (I
would make the first pages for them based on this) and then help
them up 'the learning curve' of site operation and improvement,
with the minimum of 'hand-holding' from me (though some will be
Rainwater Collection Systems. This is a CD-ROM produced
by a team of Margraf Publishing, the author, Hans Hartung, and myself.
It was aimed at a global market of development workers and technicians
in developing countries where there are water shortages. There were
several elements to the CD:-
- an audio-visual slide show of successful projects
in Kenya, to publicise rainwater harvesting, aimed at potential
donors and user groups, and intended to answer some of the initial
questions they might ask.
- introductory articles and case studies, aimed at
technicians and development workers who might be trying to implement
a rainwater harvesting system in their own location.
- the conference proceedings from the 9th and 10th
International Conferences on Rainwater Catchment Systems (these
expert papers on local research were left 'as written' by the
contributors to the conference).
Much of the content was written by non-English speakers,
and much of it was also simplified to be 'user-friendly' to the
target audiences of local technicians, potential users, potential
donors, and development workers.
Book. Hot Water
from the Sun. The original document was written as
a series of experiments using an 'artificial sun' for testing different
designs of solar panels using materials locally and cheaply available
in developing countries. I re-organised the raw data so that useful
information would be accessible to technicians in the developing
countries, e.g. coconut fibre may be 2% less efficient as an insulator
than fibre glass for the back of a solar panel, but this may be
very cheap, and so make good economics. It was aimed at technicians
with a moderate educational level and command of English.
Power Newsletter. This
was established by a German charity to link groups around the world
working in this field (e.g. in Tibet, the Andes, Kenya) and to encourage
technical collaboration directly between these groups rather than
through European consultants. It was particularly aimed at technicians
in the developing countries who might only have a moderate command
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of my publications organised by publisher.
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