As promised, the second of Jewschool’s updates on Daniel (“Mobius”) Sieradski‘s daily gift of Jewish technocreativity, 31 Days, 31 Ideas, which is a must read if you are at all interested in how technology can interact with Jewish life. Offered in the spirit of the technical community’s December Advent calendars, it’s Wired meets The Fundermentalist.
Sieradski started out by making it easier to type in Hebrew on the web; to link to, and study, the parasha; and to learn the mixture of Hebrew, Aramaic and Yiddish words that afflict the vocabulary of Jewish machers and mavens.
So now, consider these six further snapshots from an internet-aware Jewish world of 2020:

  • #4: Surfcasting technology lets you play back a class on Jewish radicalism in which Sieradski narrates a tour of web sites on the topic. As you play the video of Sieradsky, your browser follows along and you pause to bookmark a sites on the tour. Then you copy some text to your Facebook status.
  • #5 Jonah: Jewish Educational Link Directory is a centralized, social, curated database of Jewish educational resources.
  • #6 An XML Jewish text specification, repository and API means that anyone who wants to download a classic Jewish text, adapt it, or reference it can do so easily. After all, Jewish classics are the property of the Jewish people, and they should be made available online.
  • #7 The Open Source Beit Midrash. Surfcasting meets XML Jewish text specification. An online environment where all the texts are at hand as you learn with a hevruta study partner through video chat.
  • #8 Jewish Book Builder. The traditional text is only the beginning of a Jewish book. The fun comes as you add commentary on the sides. Make your own Haggadah meets the Open Siddur project. Why settle for stamping your name when you can personalize a bencher for your wedding?
  • #9 Niggun Please is a Jewish Liturgical Music Database. Wouldn’t it be loverly if the website of your minyan, shul or school had a link to listen to the tunes and songs it uses? Imagine a playlist widget that could play a list of songs from a database of streaming niggunim — meaning Jewish liturgical tunes?

The posts are worth reading in full, as are the comments on them. Here on Jewschool, I thought I’d ask for thoughts and suggestions on making these visions a reality? How much effort and how much money will be required to make it happen? What sort of organizational structure(s)?