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Call for Volunteers for IGF Wikipedia Update

Two years ago, prior to the IGF Hyderabad in 2008, a group of Diplo associates started an initiative in updating the IGF (Internet Governance Forum) wikipedia. After the successful re-structuring of the outline and the addition of basic information regarding the IGF, and the outcomes of the previous IGF in Athens and Rio,the IGF Wikipedia space needs volunteers to help update the wiki prior to the IGF Vilnius. Here is what we have accomplished from the last two years:

IGF Wikipedia (English) : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Governance_Forum

[1] added basic structural information about the IGF;
[2] added the basic outcomes of the IGF Athens (2006) and IGF Rio (2007);
[3] opened the wiki for discussion regarding any changes or updates;
[4] proofread every detail in the IGF wiki;
[5] translated the IGF English version to German, French, Japanese, Kinyarwanda, Portuguese and Tagalog;

Recently, I took the initiative of adding contents for the IGF Hyderabad (2008) and IGF Sharm El Shiekh (2009) and introduced the following:

[1] Renewal of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG);
[2] Remote Participation in the IGF 2008 and 2009;
[3] Main Sessions for IGF Hyderabad and IGF Sharm;

So what can we do now to update the IGF Wikipedia? Well, generally, we can pull all our resources and work on the following:

[1] We need to add some details (specifically outcomes) on the main sessions under IGF Hyderabad and IGF Sharm;
[2] We need to add the dates of the open consultations (OC) from 2008 to present under "Consultations" (see table);
[3] We need to update and add new translations;

The IGF Wikipedia team that updated this site two years ago did some great collaborative work in terms of structuring and discussing what needs to be placed in the wiki. Now, we need people like you to help us finish what we have started. The questions is, what can you do?

[1] share that energy you have with the group and brainstorm with us;
[2] help us write some vital updates in the IGF article and proofread if necessary;
[3] give us a few hours of your time to teach you how to use and to format your text in the wiki (think of it as a crash course in using tags in formatting headings, and adding references), including how to add explanations under "discussions" if you want certain text to be included or as to why you added such information [see example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Internet_Governance_Forum]
[4]share your skill of translating;

We would love to have you work with us and if you can spare a few hours of your time to work with a wonderful group, as well as get to know others in the process, then just reply to this (send me a line that you want to work with us) or email me at: cha_gamboa@yahoo.com.

(Oh, one more thing, as volunteers, it would be great if you can register/create an account in wikipedia. This way any updates can be credited to you. You can find me as: rustan108. )

Thanks y'all!

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Comment by Diplo IGCBP on July 8, 2010 at 2:35pm
Great initiative, Charity!



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