- see also Help:Contents#Wanted pages
How to contribute
- How to contribute --jwalling
- We need a focal point for How to contribute
- Presently that information is spread over several places and is mostly inaccessible to newcomers
- An example from Andy Carvin - Jan 23, 2010
Tech skills needed?
- We could use several more people experienced with MediaWiki's semantic wiki bundle, or at minimum, people with experience developing semantic Web ontologies.
- Researchers who can begin pulling together local, county, state and possible national disaster/emergency preparedness resources for their own community; or multi-lingual researchers who could do the same thing, but "adopt" a city or country elsewhere, particularly if that place is in a disaster-prone location.
- People/groups who need to know: We want to work with emergency management entities and NGOs to use the wiki and direct the populations they serve to it. One example would be the natl and state directors of emergency management agencies, to direct their employees to populate the wiki with relevant content, in conjunction with community volunteers. Also hope that news orgs would use this as a resource and encourage more volunteers to become involved.
- Press info --jwalling
- FAQ --jwalling
- How can I contribute?
- I have X skills, how can I contribute?
- Where can I find X?
- How is CrisisWiki different from all the other online crisis projects?
- Who is responsible for the CrisisWiki web site? example
- Can I copy information from CrisisWiki for my blog/web site?
- Where does information come from and how does it get entered into CrisisWiki?
Proposal: Create screencasts for CrisisWiki users
Once the UI/UX design is stabilized, I propose that a small team make screencasts to help new contributors learn needed skills quickly, to document UI changes, and to orient visitors in search of crisis resources.
Some links for choosing screencast software:
- http://www.indoition.com/screencasting-tools-survey.htm (free software listed near bottom)
A common repository will be needed to facilitate browsing and to maintain multiple screencast versions over time.
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ScreencastTeam/RecordingScreencasts Upload to Archive.org Archive.org will automatically transcode the video to other formats including MPEG4 video. As a by-product of uploading the video, this can be useful as a transcoding service, upload the video, let them do the transcode, download the resulting files. * http://www.archive.org/create/ Upload to YouTube * http://www.youtube.com/my_videos_upload
The screencasts should be linked from CrisisWiki help pages that provide text instructions. Sometimes a short video is worth more than a thousand wiki words, especially if you are overwhelmed with options.
- --jwalling 08:49, 13 May 2010 (UTC)