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Organizational Partners

Software Preservation Network

We joined SPN in 2021 as an “Implementation Sponsor”.

Universities: CSUCI

California State University Channel Islands

  • Professor Eric Kaltman

LFG (Lexical Functional Grammar) group

  • Set up to allow tax-deductable donations for student travel to conferences
  • LFG is a current Medley application maintained by Ron Kaplan

Computer History Museum

  • PARC gave CHM a “donation” of files from PARC backups, including lisp sources. This looks like an important trove of Information.
  • hosts Smalltalk Zoo
  • offered to record history interview

Internet Archive

We have no formal relationship with IA, but we would be happy to have one.

  • MAME

Software Heritage

  • UNESCO sponsored activity to collect and archive software
  • Longer term focus claims are on reproducibility of software artifacts

1 - Educopia

Educopia is a non-profit organization hosting the Software Preservation Network and other software preservation groups.

The also offer additional resources on organizational principles.

  • Community Cultivation Framework: a framework for thinking through a community’s development.
  • Vision in Formation: “Articulating Your Community’s Purpose”: A community facilitator’s guide around starting those mission, vision, and values statements, with templates, including sample agendas, forms, and boilerplate email text.
  • “It Takes a Village”: Tools for planning sustainability for open source software initiatives serving cultural and scientific heritage organizations.
  • The Community Tool Box: templates and advice around community assessment, developing strategic plans and organizational structure, and building community.

2 - Software Preservation Network

The Medley Interlisp Project has joined (as an “implementation sponsor”) the Software Preservation Network. SPN is a coordinated, distributed effort to ensure long term access to software through community engagement, infrastructure support and knowledge generation. See Interlisp and SPN for more information.

SPN is hosted by the Educopia Institute.

They recommended the following resources:

  • Community Cultivation Framework: a framework for thinking through a community’s development.
  • Vision in Formation: “Articulating Your Community’s Purpose”: A community facilitator’s guide around starting those mission, vision, and values statements, with templates, including sample agendas, forms, and boilerplate email text.
  • “It Takes a Village”: Tools for planning sustainability for open source software initiatives serving cultural and scientific heritage organizations.
  • The Community Tool Box: templates and advice around community assessment, developing strategic plans and organizational structure, and building community.

3 - InterlispOrg

InterlispOrg Inc has beem formed as a non-profit corporation in California.

We have been approved by the IRS for 501(c)3 status, and the California FTB for tax-free status. We have an EIN number assigned. We have a bank account. We can accept donations that may be tax-deductable for the donor. The simplest way to do so is using the GitHub Sponsor mechanism.

The name of the organization is “InterlispOrg Inc” (no punctuation). The board of directors met and, among other things, approved bylaws. It is not a membership organization.

There are three directors on the Board of Directors:

  • Larry Masinter (President)
  • Ron Kaplan (Treasurer)
  • Herb Jellinek (Secretary)

The charitable purpose of the organization is Scientific and, in particular, Computer Science research. The principal activity is to “develop demonstrations of software ideas based on Interlisp”.

The reason for going through this rigamarole is to allow charitable donations, to sustain our Interlisp Online service, to hold copyright and licenses. There are also unanticipated benefits of discounts and service credits available to non-profits.