A call for contributors to "Wikidelphia", a civic wiki for
Philadelphia. I'm not on all
of the civic-wiki lists, but should anyone have an interest in this,
here's a point of
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From: Stan Pokras <pokras@...>
Date: Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 1:01 PM
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Dear SOCNET folks,
If you live, work, or study social networks in or around Philadelphia,
this project may be of interest to you.
I'm looking for collaborators to help build a Wiki for Philadelphia. I
see this as a primarily volunteer-run effort with as little overhead
as possible. The first planning meeting will be held next Tuesday
evening, January 11, 2011. There appears to be a great deal of
interest in moving forward with this.
Let me know if you'd be interested in taking part or just being kept informed.
So now we have the Web, we have blogs, we have Craig's list and
Google. We can find just about anything! But, "just about" isn't good
enough for me!
I'm a Philadelphian... and often enough I drive around the Art Museum
Circle and discover that there's an event going on or getting ready to
happen and I don't know what it is...
Or, someone asks me where they can get computer training in their
Or someone wants to know what it's like to live in Manayunk...
searching Google brings back info on the enterprises in the area.
Searching Wikipedia gives a nice history and description of the place.
But not a sense of life there.
So, my answer to this is to open up a process that allows more people
to contribute. I want to create Wikidelphia.
My organization is devoted to helping people in Philadelphia access
the information and communication tools they need to succeed. Being
well informed and being able to express opinions and news should be
part of the Internet experience, even on a local level.
So I've obtained the domain names "Wikidelphia.org" and
"Wikidelphia.com" so that we can mount an effort to let everyone
interested in Philadelphia have a place to write. This should not
replace or replicate other Web services... but instead add a new
dimension of detail to what's available on the Web about our great
I'm now looking for people who would like to help make a structured
Wiki for the people of Philly happen. I'd like to see Wikidelphia
become an easily accessible place to find out a great deal more about
what's happening, who lives here, and what do they do, and think. It
should be an index to the many other Web sites and services and also
be a place where more intimate and timely material can be found or
Would you like to help with this?
If you love our city and want to help promote a better internal and
external understanding of who we are...
Wikidelphia needs you.
Please write to me and let me know what you think about this idea and
how you might wish to contribute to its evolution.
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Stanley R. Pokras, Executive Director Nonprofit Technology Resources (NTR)
Regional Coord, Community Technology Centers' Network (http://www.ctcnet.org/)
Chair, CTCNet of Delaware Valley, Regional Planning Committee.
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