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"Butner, R Scott"
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09/25/2007 05:46 PM
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end of an era for the P2 community
Stepping out of character, let
me be serious for one moment (I promise I won't make a habit of it).
I just received notification from
my friends over at P2Rx, regarding the closure of the Enviro$en$e web site.
Although Enviro$en$e may not have figured prominently in your bookmarks
in recent years, there was a time, early in the advent of the world wide
web, that it was pretty much the center of the P2 universe, in terms of
online information. For many years, it continued to be a source of
innovation in the use of the Internet for promoting P2, and many of us
who have dabbled in that area since the early 90's owe a large debt to
Myles and the folks at SAIC -- Chris Messner and Barclay Inge in particular
-- for their leadership and vision. Dating back even before the web,
via dial-up systems like PIES, Myles and his team were among the first
to embrace many new technologies.
In all candor, Enviro$en$e in
recent years has largely been supplanted by more focused, more effective
information tools -- the spread of Internet technology into every corner
of our lives has ensured that a thousand experiments in P2 information
transmittal would take place, and many of them have proven very effective.
But Myles and crew helped to lay the groundwork for many of us, including
my own personal debt -- the virtual plant tour, which we first prototyped
for Myles in the earliest days of the Web, as an Enviro$en$e project --
and have seen it subsequently refined and reused on numerous other sites
in the P2 and compliance assistance spheres.
I wanted to take the opportunity
to publicly thank Myles and the SAIC folks for their contributions to the
P2 community, which certainly were noticed by some of us, and helped to
energize the application of web technology to P2.
I'd also like to remind my colleagues
in the P2 community that rust never sleeps, and that the opportunities
for innovation in the way we use the Internet only continue to multiply.
The best tribute we can pay to Myles is to redouble our efforts to
be creative in how we use information to make the world a little better.
p.s. -- this also seems an opportune
time to wish another P2/Information pioneer, John Calcagni, good luck in
his new endeavors. John will be leaving P2Pays (http://wrrc.p2pays.org/)
to work for the EPA Region 4 Air Planning Branch later this month. If
you've ever posted a question on P2TECH, you've probably heard from John,
who has helped to build what's probably the single largest collection of
P2 documents available online. Though P2Pays will carry on (as will
John!), John's replies will be missed by many citizens of P2TECH.
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