General Description and Proposal
The timeline of development for for the GCP is approximately determined, although considerable flexibility is necessary to accommodate situational requirements. The following description is general, and reflects the status in April 1999.
The project began as a result of conversations at a conference in Freiburg in November 1997. Some precedent for the concept can be found earlier in data taken in continuously running REG experiments in Princeton and more recently in Amsterdam. In addition, a few global events have been recorded by organizing a temporary collaboration of investigators using related technology and protocols. Active planning began early in 1998, and preliminary work on specifications culminated in a stable network architecture by April. Work on clear descriptions of methodology and related documentation proceeded during this time, and orders were placed for the primary server and for REG devices to be used in Phase 1 during June. Software installation was tested in mid-July, and formal data acquisition began in August, 1998. At the end of 1998, 10 host-sites were running, with more sites to be added as quickly as time and resources permit. The GCP website was designed as a semi-public resource, intended to be opened for full public access after network stabilization with 20 eggs or more. This was originally expected by end of 1998, but has taken longer. The semi-public website was professionally redesigned in March and April, 1999, for public release in late April.
A Prediction Registry is regularly updated with descriptions of events and situations that are expected to correlate with indications of Global Consciousness. For example, various end-of-year celebrations will be given special attention to develop protocols and experience for the following year with its millennial transition. When the EGG network is active, the registry of explicit predictions will be used to define and categorize global events, and these will constitute a timeline for the project's analytical framework.