Cosma is a curated directory of the best resources on the Web!
The primary goal of Cosma is to locate awesome content resources and showcase them in a “mixed directory” format with two types of links:
• links to discipline specific resources identified through a long term initiative to create a systematic top-down inventory of the world’s best content resources
• links to numerous database driven resources that can be accessed with URLs thatuse consistent search strings (e.g. Webster, OneLook, Britannica, Wikipedia, WorldCat, etc.)
Each page has ten or more links to carefully selected subject specific resources, and eventually they will have a hundred or more links organized by a special classification scheme developed exclusively for Cosma.
There are over five hundred pages on this site now, there will be more than a thousand by the end of 2019, and there will be many thousands within the next few years.
Another key goal of this project is to have a fun 3D visual interface. There have been many versions of these created with a variety of platforms over the years (HyperCard, SecondLife, Unity3D etc.). You can find out more about them in the 3D Gallery.
A funny thing happened while doing “previs” for a future version, though.
It turned out that using a Rioch Theta S 360° camera and RoundMe to hack together a demo led to an unexpectedly fun and usable interface. The resulting “Toy Worlds” are now serving as an interface to Cosma.
Note: If you have trouble seeing the demo, then try viewing it with a different browser (Chrome seems to work best).
Here is an earlier experiment in making a Toy World that was built in a dollhouse.
If you can’t see it, check it out on Roundme.
Finally, this site is just the newest iteration of a very old project based upon over thirty years of research and development in information, knowledge and communication systems, utilities and environments. The first prototype was created in 1989 using HyperCard in color that ran on an Apple IIGS with ProDOS.
The technology platform, content inventory, target audience and motivational strategy all evolved through many iterations since then, and they are now approaching a place where they function together to provide a valuable resource ready to be shared with the public.
More soon, please stay tuned…