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This website, American Dust, is an online repository of comprehensive information about Richard Brautigan's life and writing, freely available to all interested scholars, researchers, and readers under Open Access and Fair Use guidelines.
American Dust is registered with OCLC WorldCat (#1054104600). OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), founded in 1967 at the Ohio College Library Center, Dublin, Ohio, seeks to increase access to the world's information while reducing information costs. WorldCat is a union catalog that itemizes the collections of 72,000 libraries in 170 countries and territories that participate in the OCLC global cooperative, making it the world's largest network of library contents and services providing open access to library resources online. LEARN more at the WorldCat website.
American Dust has a registered Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi.org/10.7273/nvgh-ca61
The title, American Dust, is adapted from Dust . . . American . . . Dust, the refrain of Brautigan's novel, So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away.
The American Dust website was created and is maintained by John Barber. Robert Nelson contributes enormously with bibliographical research and computer programming that improves overall website functionality and usability by allowing users to create customized access to information about Brautigan's writings and various editions of his works. Directions for these features appear on pages throughout the website.
- Creation of the "Contributions" and "Bibliography" pages.
- Addition of extensive content regarding Brautigan's work in translation.
- Creation of the "Search" functionality on pages throughout the website.
- Expansion of information under the "Publication" menu tab for each Brautigan book to include all editions in English.
- Creation of code and structures that allow hyperlinks and the "Back" arrow of the browser to work properly with the tabs, "accordion" buttons, and checkboxes throughout the website.
- Addition of links to the "ISBN Search" website whenever an ISBN Number is noted.
- Creation of a "build system" for the website to ease maintenance of and changes to the website.
- Pervasive cleanup and bug fixes.
What Information and Resources are Available?
Works produced by Richard Brautigan. Publication, background, and other information. Annotated reviews, many with full text.
Contributions to other Publications
The mission of American Dust is to provide comprehensive and accessible information about Richard Brautigan's life and writing. This is accomplished by the following activities.
Activities driving mission
Collecting > wide-spread content related to Brautigan, his life and writings.
Organizing > content in an accessible and expandable infrastructure.
Linking > content so to create a larger body of knowledge and communicate its meaning and value.
Presenting > content in an efficient, and accessible online context.
Valuing > new sources of information and knowledge, or new ways of looking at or using existent information.
Preserving > Brautigan's legacy as a writer.
Promoting > Brautigan's broad inspiration to scholars, artists, musicians, readers, and other creative people.
Providing > comprehensive information about Richard Brautigan's life and writing under open access and Fair Use guidelines.
Copyright & Fair Use
Information provided in this website about Richard Brautigan's life and writing is freely available to all interested scholars, researchers, and readers under Open Access and Fair Use guidelines.
By open access I mean a publicly accessible repository where information is freely available for scholarship, research, education, and creative transformation, without financial or technical barriers, within legal guidelines. Open access has two versions, gratis and libre
Gratis open access
Gratis open access is making research and/or transformative scholarship and/or creative practice freely available. This does not grant the user the right to make copies, distribute, or modify the work in any way beyond fair use (see below).
Libre open access
Libre open access also makes research available without charge but may grant users additional rights, usually via a Creative Commons license, for reusing and/or remixing the research. At this time there are no Creative Commons licenses granted or implied for this work.
In addition to the gratis/libre distinction, American Dust provides Green open access as a private information repository and/or archive in the form of a publicly available website created and maintained by its author.
By Fair Use I mean guidelines as provided in Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law.
In this regard, American Dust is educational and noncommercial. It is intended for teaching, scholarship, and research. No charge is levied for using the content of this website, and no attempt is made or implied regarding commercial duplication and/or dissemination of any content herein.
Your comments, suggestions, corrections, and additions are welcome. I look forward to hearing from you.
John F. Barber
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