[Sca-cooks] Documentation

David Walddon david at vastrepast.com
Thu Aug 23 11:20:37 PDT 2012

I am using a new format (for me) for documentation that I really like. 

Introduction - 1 paragraph introducing the project 
Overview or Abstract - The core problem, situation or context
General Information - What? When? Where? Who? How? Why? 
Review of specific parts of the project - This varies from project to project 
Key Learnings 
Areas for Further Research 

Keep it short (of course this depends on the scope of the project but the above should be UNDER 10 double space, manuscript formatted pages) 
Use appendix if you need more space for information. 

I use this format for projects that are object based, research paper based and process based. 


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David Walddon
david at vastrepast.com

On Aug 23, 2012, at 10:53 AM, Terry Decker wrote:

> Do you know what you are talking about?  Can you prove that you actually researched something, rather than having made it up?  Those are the questions that documentation answers.  Admittedly, the SCA is looser that academia, but we are supposedly into education, so documentation is nice. Documentation can also provide a more permanent record of one's work and a more lasting effect on future research.
> Even a list of sources used in preparing a project would be nice because it gives me something to verify the work against.  Bad writing I can work with.
> Unlike school, nothing says the artisan has to be the one to write the paper or even do the research for the project (although it is nice to credit the work).  My wife has written several articles over the years for which I tend to be editor, photographer and sounding board.  She does the research and writes down her thoughts in order and I prepare it for publication.  In the real world, it's not cheating to seek assistance.
> Writing a paper may not be an enjoyable activity but it is a useful one. Even a brief paragraph of where one found the inspiration is useful and certainly within the capacity of most people.  Don't think you have to write a monograph with footnotes, bibliography and index to be a success.
> Bear
>> Yes, for some people, writing a paper is a bad memory come back to haunt
>> you.  Keep in mind that not everybody had a good school experience, and all
>> too often, someone brings up a paper and ends up shamed or ridiculed by the
>> teacher.  Some just felt devalued as students.  So I can see writing a
>> paper being a problem.
>>> a paper, so why bother?) >>>
>>> Writing a paper on it would take away the enjoyment of the activity?
>>> Stefan
>> -- 
>> Ian of Oertha
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