History under writing
Sep 23, 2020

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The content of this post is a replication of a message I have just sent. You can react to my message by commenting this post.

This is to attract your attention to the fact that some of you have taken over the challenge of embarking to write of the history of cotton research. Click on wiki after logging in and discover what has been started for the State of Gujarat, as a chapter of the history of cotton research in India. This chapter will be enriched as additional materials are provided.

The supply of some materials related to the cotton history in Sudan gave me the idea of starting a book dedicated to the tools, implements and devices in cotton production. I believe that many research teams have carried out specific tools for the implementation of their experiments and they could be useful to research fellows in other countries if not to cotton growers producing on small scale. I hope that many of you could contribute to this book.

I do hope that we could actually achieve  a collaborative approach in writing our Gossybooks in our Gossypedia. This means that every one could free to contribute to books under process.

The Gossypedia functionality of our website is well adapted to the collaborative process in the sense that books, chapters or pages are "viewable" by ICRA members only when we decide to. This means that, as long as the writing of a page is not over, it can remain hidden and only viewable to and editable by those endowed with the relevant rights.

Even when some of you volunteer for a book or a chapter, they have been reluctant so far to take command of the Gossypedia tool and play the editor's role. By default, I am playing this role.Although I understand the hesitation to invest in mastering a web tool, the current way is not sustainable as I should be quitting my position soon.



Sabesh Muniaswamy
Nov 19, 2020

I endorse Hosseini's view. History of cotton in some domains different from the history of cotton research. The history of cotton in any domain would cover culture, social, environmental, livelihood, sustainability, etc. History of cotton, I feel altogether sub-domain of the early one. Another point I like to raise is that cotton researchers should have a passion to explore things that happened in the past and find a plausible solution for the present situation. Sometimes early practices are ideal now.

Gholamhossein Hosseini
Sep 23, 2020

I think the history of cotton research is different from researching cotton history. Research is systematic investigation of materials and sources to find facts, truth and reach new results.