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    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,
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      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
      Subject: Wikidelphia
      To: SOCNET@...

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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.

      Thank you,
      Stan <pokras@...>


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