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Colin Madland

Mozilla Webmaker

A couple months ago @cogdog blogged about Digital Durability and the importance of controlling your own stuff on the web. He quoted @holden in saying

If you want someone to find something, don’t put it in one place — put it everywhere.

Alan put a bit of a challenge out for people to

[make] suggestions for exceptions to my assertion- show me an organization; an institution outside of the Internet Archive, that operates in a manner of preserving their digital history and/or produces durable digital content.

And, here is my example that does the opposite. It provides evidence that Alan is correct.

I've had an instance of @withknown running for a year or so, but it's been sitting, neglected, while I pay more attention to WordPress. But now, with a major career transition coming my way, quite unexpectedly, (more on that soon) I'm thinking more of Known as a great publishing platform, simply because it has 'put it everywhere' baked right in.

By publishing here, you can automatically publish 'everywhere'.

When I originally set up Known, I had an active page on Mozilla Webmaker, that handy little tool you could use to tinker with html and publish your page. Using Embedly, I was able to embed that page into the header of my Known site as my profile. It worked pretty nicely.

However, today when I went to sign in to edit my page at WebMaker, I got the notice that you see at the top of this page.

Unfortunately, we no longer support this tool, so your awesome project is no longer remixable.

I'm locked out of my own work.

But wait, Webmaker was just a simple HTML page, so I should be able to copy the source, right? Nope.

[Right click --> View source]

 


html lang="en-US" dir="ltr">
  head>
    title>Colin Madland | Mere Learningtitle>
    
    meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">
    meta property="og:description" content="An 'about me' page for Colin Madland.">
    meta property="og:image" content="http://merelearning.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/colinbw.jpg">
    meta property="og:site_name" content="Mozilla Webmaker">
    meta property="og:title" content="Colin Madland | Mere Learning">
    meta property="og:type" content="website">
    meta property="og:updated_time" content="1427152598041">
    meta property="og:url" content="https://cmadland.makes.org/thimble/LTg1MDkxOTE2OA==/colin-madland-mere-learning">

    link rel="shortcut icon" href="/favicon.ico">
    link rel="stylesheet" href="/static/stylesheets/makedetails.css">

    script src="https://cdn.optimizely.com/js/206878104.js">script>
  head>
  body>
    div class="make-details-page">
      div class="make-bar">
        div class="make-bar-wrapper">
          span class="make-bar-logospan">
            a class="make-bar-link" href="https://webmaker.org">
              img src="/static/images/logo_small.png" alt="Mozilla Webmaker">
            a>
            span class="make-bar-made-with">
              Made with a class="make-bar-link" href="https://webmaker.org">Webmakera>
              -
              Unfortunately, we no longer support this tool, so your awesome project is no longer remixable. Have you tried the new a class="make-bar-link" href="https://thimble.mozilla.org">Mozilla Thimblea>?
            span>
          span>
        div>
      div>
    div>
    div class="embed-container ">
      div class="embed-wrapper">
        div class="embed-padding">
          iframe class="embed-iframe" src="https://cmadland.makes.org/thimble/LTg1MDkxOTE2OA==/colin-madland-mere-learning_" mozallowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen allowfullscreen>iframe>
        div>
      div>
    div>
    script src="/static/bower/jquery/jquery.min.js">script>
    script src="/static/bower/webmaker-analytics/analytics.js">script>
    
    
    script src="/dynamic/js/googleanalytics.js">script>
    
  body>
html>

Useless to me. The only reference to the original HTML is the link to the page, which, as we now know, is not editable.

So, I think Alan is correct:

And that everywhere should start with your own space. Because you care the most about your own stuff.

UPDATE: June 27/16

Alan pointed my in the direction of the page where I could copy the HTML for my Thimble page, so I followed the link, copied the code and have now got it hosted on my portfolio site. It is also embedded (via embed.ly) here in Known. Now, when I update the original page, those updates will be propagated throughout.