Early this week, I had announced that I would develop a Wiki page for collecting the links to all brain tumour charities. However, this is a herculean task indeed.
If I were to use the existing resources at Wikipedia, editing the webpage is an onerous task. They haven’t migrated to a simple modular structure like in a blogging template nor do they allow any specific linkages with applications on the desktop. The only way out is to use a browser. Their interface would scare the most battle-hardened veteran as well.
What is the way out? Telegram again comes to my rescue. The way out is straightforward.
1) I have created a submission bot (braintumourbot) that will interface directly with a private group.
2) A standard format for submission can be evolved.
3) I will be using specific hashtags. For example #US for North America, #UK for Britain, #AUS for Australia and the likes. Any user keen to look for information under the head will be able to locate it by just clicking on the hashtag.
4) #LON under London will display the charities based there. If they a website address and a Twitter/Social account, it will be listed accordingly. This consistent storage of information will help me to organise the information quickly.
Telegram does offer the speed and reliability with added security for the users. I think this is the best way forward to crowdsource the information.
I have ideas for a dedicated mobile application as well, but that would require yet another mobile app; resources can be utilised to make things efficient. I remain sceptical about either a website or the apps.
Let’s see how this experiment grows!