This is a shameless, self-serving request for help.
The growth of the Handbook is such that I find myself in need of hiring a research assistant for some random part-time work. In the short term, I need someone to sweep through the patterns I've cataloged thus far to verify their classification, augment their references, and group them by pattern language. In the medium term, I need someone to help me with the flood of correspondence I have for each system I'm investigating, including tracking down references and getting permissions for appropriate artwork. Also in the medium term, I could use another set of eyes on the models for each such system. As for the long term, we'll see how this goes for the earlier tasks.
You can be anywhere in the world; that's the joy of collaborating over the Web. An understanding of patterns and the pattern literature is a must, the ability to write well is also a must, and you also need to be a detail-oriented person, for there will be a million little loose ends that will need tying together. You'll also need patience with me: my work on the Handbook tends to go in bursts, because of all the other IBM-ish things I must do. If you are interested email me here.
Seeking A Research Assistant
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