History Commons Website

Workshop to improve collaboration and the internationalization of the project.

hosted by Daniel Erlacher (Elevate / AT)

Michael Tuck, project manager at historycommons.org writes:

"We are a community of users, contributors, writers, editors, designers, and database managers, collaborating on creating in-depth coverage of the events and issues of our times. We have no "leader" or "head," instead making decisions about the site and its contents on a communal, peer-driven basis. The contributors own their own content; the Commons provides an information base where the disparate material is brought together in a single, link-driven repository. Researchers and investigative reporters such as Craig Unger, Peter Lance, and the "Jersey Girls," the extraordinary band of 9/11 widows whose passion for truth and justice drove the Bush administration to create an independent investigative commission, regularly use the Commons for information and inspiration. We like to think that these words from journalism professor Philip Meyer encapsulate our vision: "The hunter-gatherer model of journalism is no longer sufficient. Citizens can do their own hunting and gathering on the Internet. What they need is somebody to add value to that information by processing it--digesting it, organizing it, making it usable." The History Commons is an experiment in open-source, open-content civic journalism. Like all such community-driven, citizen-based creations, the more people who participate, the better it functions. The History Commons is a small part of a much larger community, doing what we can to promote truth, honesty, and full disclosure."


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