You are on the [Website Organization] page of folder [CELOS (Main)] For the cover page of this folder go to the [CELOS (Main) cover page]
This website covers a complex domain, and it is an ongoing challenge to organize the material in the best way to make it accessible to readers and researchers alike. We welcome suggestions or feedback at [email protected].
These are the general departments of the websites. We think of it as a continuum. From our group itself (Home), Research frames the topics that we have found relevant to public space, Neighbourhoods journalize in-depth views of these topics, News and Commentary gives the reporters's view, the Database provides volumes of detailed references, and Publications represent the best summaries that we can offer.
Home: All about CELOS, and this website.
Research: Covers the scope of topics that CELOS has found over many years to be relevant to public space, surprisingly broad.
Neighbourhoods: The best place to find out what's going on is to look at neighbourhood activities in detail, and CELOS is involved with a number of them.
News and Commentary: Perspectives from (mostly) local media.
Database: This is our Regulatory Research Database, which contains references to Law, Court cases, Policies, and Stories we've collected. It's our latest initiative to make the wealth of information we've collected widely availabe. It has now been updated to a seperate website called Public Commons
Publications: Occasionally we assemble the best of what we've learned into publications made available to the public.
Research Envelopes (Broad Classifications)
Governance: Management approaches and practices
Finance: Budgets, Spending, and Controls
Staffing: Information about city staff
Physical Assets: Information about city assets likes parks and rinkhouses
Operations: Practices and Standards; front-line management; programs
Legal and Regulatory: Policies, procedures, sanctions
Notebooks: Recording of events in a stream
Analysis: Structured analysis of journals and other inputs
Research: Formal projects with measurable goals
Publications: Distributable summaries of information and research
Correspondence: Background material in the form of correspondence
References: Background material in the form of web links
Media: Writings from our local press
These are classes under the functional categories.
Functional Category Main Pages
Narratives, Summaries, and Footers
Each functional category home page has (or can have) a header that has a narrative about the contents of the functional category, acting as an overview.
The summary between the header and footer of each page (optional) can have a custom summary of the contents of the folder (sub-folders), possibly using tabs.
Each functional category home page has a footer that has links for that category (sub-folders, and possibly sub-sub folders)
Narratives and footers (appropriately delimited with markup = #narrative / #links) are then included in higher master pages to guide the user.
Tier-Based File and Retrieval
The above scheme allows for a tier based mental process for classifying and filing or retrieving documents:
Tier One (Department):
Does it involve direct CELOS community participation?
If yes, then Neighbourhood Department
If no, then Research Department
Tier Two (General Category):
What General Category does it belong in (propensity of subject weight) - if a document has equal weight in more than one category, might consider filing it in both
Tier Three (Functional Category)
Is the document a note generated by CELOS observers, an analytical article (brief), a major piece of research (long), published by CELOS, an external reference document, a media report, or a piece of correspondence?
Tier Four (Detailed Category)
For Neighbourhood, similar, but without a separate tier for functional categories
Major external documents listed as support for analysis and research should also be put in the reference section.