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Re: VMs: "The VMs Research Foundation"...?
Nick Pelling wrote:
I've been giving some thought to forming a charitable organisation whose
central aim is to improve our understanding of the VMs by sponsoring
targeted research and publishing the results openly.
Do you mean a nonprofit organization to collect funds and
support for the work you mention? It sounds like a good
idea! Yahoo's category has a lot of stuff on this:
This looks interesting:
Action without Borders
In addition, the charity might also sensibly back a VMs conference, to
be held (say) either at the Beinecke (the VMs' physical home) or at the
Warburg Institute (probably the VMs' spiritual home).
Dumb question: why is the Warburg Institute the VMs'
Does anyone here with experience of forming or running a charity have
any helpful suggestions? For example, are there particular advantages
over forming it in the US, in England, or elsewhere?
The USA has a long tradition of nonprofit and volunteer
organizations. That surely is an advantage.
In French it is "une association a` but non lucratif" or
"une association sans but lucratif". Jacques noted that
it's easy to set one up in France. I didn't know before
that there is a French Wikipedia:
A working title for the charity could simply be "The Voynich Manuscript
Research Foundation", a kind of 'virtual research institution'. Comments?
It's worth noting that Dr. Mark Stamp at San Jose' State
University did have one of his grad students transcribe the
whole of James Hampton's diary, just on the strength of my
web site. He is a professor of computer science. That
shows that a lot of disciplines could take an interest. It
also shows that there are indeed people who would be
interested in the kind of work you propose.
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