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Collaborative History – Creating (and Fostering)  a Wiki Community Tracey Baker, Joe Hoover, & Rose Sherman MW2009  Indian...
What is Placeography? <ul><li>A website about ANY place anywhere that anyone can edit </li></ul><ul><li>A site to share kn...
<ul><li>Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Tenacity </li></ul><ul><li>Tactics </li></ul>The 3Ts of Community Building
Tools <ul><li>Software </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mediawiki – open source wiki software used in Wikipedia </li></ul></ul><ul><u...
<ul><li>User interface </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Closely resembles Wikipedia’s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognize Placeograp...
Tenacity <ul><li>Leadership and passion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Passion about the topic is a good thing </li></ul></ul><ul><...
Tenacity <ul><li>Active invitations  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Meet and greet new users on the site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li...
<ul><li>Portals for organizations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Entryways for organizations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Partners in...
<ul><li>Projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific work by an organization or class </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ways to organi...
Tactics <ul><li>Internal marketing to coworkers  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Educating individuals  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>R...
Progress since launch: By 12/31/2008 we aimed to have: As of 3/31/2009 we had far exceeded some of these goals:  150 place...
Questions? placeography.org
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Collaborative History – Creating (and Fostering) a Wiki Community

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Presentation given by the Minnesota Historical Society at the 2009 Museums and the Web Conference in Indianapolis on how create and develop a community around a wiki using Placeography.org as an example.

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Collaborative History – Creating (and Fostering) a Wiki Community

  1. 1. Collaborative History – Creating (and Fostering) a Wiki Community Tracey Baker, Joe Hoover, & Rose Sherman MW2009 Indianapolis, IN April 16, 2009
  2. 2. What is Placeography? <ul><li>A website about ANY place anywhere that anyone can edit </li></ul><ul><li>A site to share knowledge, images, and MEMORIES of places </li></ul><ul><li>Goals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Share the history of places </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foster interest in historic preservation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborate with libraries, local historical societies, schools, museums and historic preservation groups </li></ul></ul>www.placeography.org
  3. 3. <ul><li>Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Tenacity </li></ul><ul><li>Tactics </li></ul>The 3Ts of Community Building
  4. 4. Tools <ul><li>Software </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mediawiki – open source wiki software used in Wikipedia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Semantic forms </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Semantic forms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Forms based entry </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>User interface </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Closely resembles Wikipedia’s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognize Placeography as a wiki </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Identity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MHS deliberately subordinated its brand </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presented as a tool for others rather than an MHS project </li></ul></ul>Tools
  6. 6. Tenacity <ul><li>Leadership and passion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Passion about the topic is a good thing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep open to learning and discovering </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Inviting Participation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Active and Passive invitations </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Tenacity <ul><li>Active invitations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Meet and greet new users on the site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Go to them; Meet them in real life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Start local think global </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is not cheap or easy </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Portals for organizations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Entryways for organizations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Partners in Placeography growth and development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A place to link to tours and projects </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Passive invitations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Site design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitate relationships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Portals/Projects </li></ul></ul>Tenacity
  9. 9. <ul><li>Projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific work by an organization or class </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ways to organize information on the site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May focus on a particular community or type of building or site </li></ul></ul>Tenacity <ul><li>Badges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Way to make relationships with information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creates list </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Passive invitations </li></ul>
  10. 10. Tactics <ul><li>Internal marketing to coworkers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Educating individuals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Re-purposing content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seeking internal partners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Getting leads and suggestions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Advertise </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Printed collateral </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web advertising </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Press release </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Progress since launch: By 12/31/2008 we aimed to have: As of 3/31/2009 we had far exceeded some of these goals: 150 place entries 1,250 entries for buildings, sites, & structures 20% of entries are for places outside the Twin Cities metro area 3% of entries are for places outside the Twin Cities metro area 100 registered users outside MHS 200+ registered users 5 administrators outside MHS 0 administrators outside MHS
  12. 12. Questions? placeography.org

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