A short tour guide

The design and layout of this website can seem, on first encounter, frankly baffling.

It's certainly not a very conventional site.

With a single framework (sic) for such a huge range of diverse services and approaches, there is so much ground to cover in the PIEs concept - let alone the illustrations and actual practice examples.

For those with specific interests and concerns - which is most people -  you can often go straight to the area or subject that drew you here in the first place, or something close enough, to make your way in (see: PIEs in practice : HERE ).

But there are far too many possible angles to make one for every possible viewer. To have many more would simply overload the view finder.

Alternatively you can go from the Big Picture, and follow any lead from there (see: PIEs - the basics : HERE).

You can then follow any individual thread on any issue, winding and wending your way around like a tourist in the mediaeval old town district of some modern bustling metropolis.


Let's follow that last  image a little further. On your travels, you come across a building, that looks to be a bookshop, or a museum, or an art gallery..... To go in, see: the next column.

Or you might go to the Case studies and practice examples, HERE

Or for something completely different, you could try :  Is this the future of academic publishing? : HERE.


Both duck and rabbit

The relationship between the main pages on this site and the Library area can be see in any of two, or maybe three, ways.

In one view, the site is like a rather scholarly book, with its main arguments and illustrations laid out in the main pages, and the details, like the references section, set to one side, so that they do not interrupt the flow and clog up the page. Hence we have sometimes described the task of bringing it all together and making it all available, as a collection, as one of 'editing'.

In another view, the main pages are more like the entrance way and halls of a museum, or an art gallery; and they mainly give access to, and commentary on, the library items - the real treasures.  Hence we have sometimes described the task of bringing it all together and making it all available, as a collection, as one of 'curating'.

Exit via the Gift Shop

Note that, in this second comparison, many museums and galleries have now no state or municipal funding; and they may ask for 'suggested' donations for those coming in; but most will make most of the income they need to survive from the cafeteria, or the Gift Shop at the exit.

Here, too, entrance is entirely free, both to the pages (the main hall and galleries), and to see all the items in the Library, which is free to join.  This also includes the paperwork for the Pizazz, the assessment and development process.  You can even take it all home with you.

The only form of income generating that could support this work in the future lies in the creation and release of the Pizazz software, the PIE Abacus. We have tried our hardest NOT to make this the Gift Shop exit path.

Talks and tours

However, there is still a third way to see this site. Following again the museum/art gallery metaphor, the site has always had the ambition to host live, interactive events for the community it serves.

We can see this either as the equivalent of firstly, have talks open to the public, or to members, with an expert talking or being quizzed on a particular topic. Secondly, this can be the equivalent of having tours with tour guides, and the opportunity to customise the discussion in smaller groups.

Bu the other kind of talking is what happens in smaller conversations, in the Cafe. These more personal and more free-flowing, free-ranging exchanges between people might be compared to the peer review that we have built in to the Pizazz process, both on paper and on-line.


Further background reading/listening/viewing

PIEs in principle : HERE

A single framework : HERE

Case studies : HERE

How far do you want to go? : HERE

Partially PIE'd ? : HERE

The coffee break Pizazz : HERE

Baby steps (Peer review)  : HERE

The Pizazz - on paper and on screen : HERE

The PIE Abacus - an on-line Pizazz (summary) : HERE

PIE Abacus FAQs : costs and sustainability : HERE