A rather large website, with still more content to come. It's about our old company, Handspan Theatre, renowned in Melbourne, Australia and beyond for its innovative work in puppetry and visual theatre. The site documents 25 years of productions for stage and street, young and old, and the people who made them. [more inside]
February is one of the slowest months for bike shops in the northern hemisphere, which makes it a great month for people involved with bike collectives to edit this wiki. Two winners will get an organic fair trade chocolate bar. My main goal in posting this to Projects is that I'm hoping you'll tell me if your local community bike shop needs to be added to the list of international community bike organizations. Since you're required to sign up to make an edit (which you're encouraged to do if you want), I would be happy to add it for you if you leave a comment.
When I went to UC Santa Barbara, the message I got as an incoming freshman is that the next-door student neighborhood, Isla Vista, is a risky land of parties and not much else. It took me a while to realize how interesting Isla Vista is, and how fun it is to go explore and understand it. I'd like to help other students get to that point faster, with fewer stereotypes about it and more stories about weird houses and public art and folklore and community gardens and land use history. I'm working on a LocalWiki for the neighborhood, in the style of DavisWiki, writing a lot of articles myself and also helping other people contribute. (LocalWikis have fewer rules than Wikipedia about things like notability and sourcing; you can write about the nice cat at the corner store if you want to.) [more inside]
In July of this year, I proposed the idea of Just Solve the Problem Month, a month (I chose November) where an untold mass of people descend on a problem that's probably a peach if only enough people descended on it. To try out this idea, I proposed solving a Problem that has dogged anyone who tried to rescue old electronic or online material: the File Format Problem. (That first link describes the File Format Problem in detail, but it comes down to there being a massive mess of formats out there from decades of computer use and operation, but scant collection of information about many of them.) The idea gained some traction, so here it is the end of October and we've ramped up the very first Just Solve the Problem Month with a Wiki, justsolve.archiveteam.org, where we'll be enumerating information, examples and links to most every file format we can discern. The hope is to have hundreds of people take on this issue and result in a version 1.0 of a directory of file formats, effectively "solving" the problem by providing deep and rich linkage on how to recover any old media in any old format. I've written an entry with a high-level overview of Just Solve The Problem: The File Format Problem, and an entry that's an extremely detailed version of same. I'd love for the lovely folks of MetaFilter who are interested in such a project to register for an account, or spread along the news of this project to the special overthinking classificarian in your life. The official start date is November 1st, but we've started working on the whole shebang now.
Ken Cosgrove, everyone's favorite Accounts man on Mad Men, has a side career as an author with many pen names. The David Algonquin Wiki imagines a world where Ken's stories have become popular and well-remembered pieces of culture but the man himself is largely a mystery (Although Harlan Ellison is a fan). Wiki is open to anyone, with an attempt being made to write his stories round-robin style.
Announcement and a question. I love live bar trivia. I have found it impossible to find bar trivia listings and I decided to start a wiki so folks can find bars that host live trivia. Hopefully it's a serviceable resource for people finding local games or games when traveling. I'm both announcing the attempt at something like this, but also asking if folks could help contribute. Thanks MeFi!
I set up a wiki for people involved in the #occupy protests. I would love for this to expand into a hub where people can add information for their local protests. I was also leaning towards collecting relevant political and economic educational materials, protest ideas, camping advice, "ideology" advice and quotes about being inclusive, nonviolent and open-minded, recommended reading, and/or links to current media coverage. [more inside]
This plain, unembellished wiki is an ongoing work highlighting the relationships between the Surrealists and their associates as well as brief biographies of many of the major and minor players. It is intended as an Historical document. [more inside]
I've set up a community wiki for Cleveland at wikispot.org. It's not much more than a frame at this point, but I'll be adding significant content over the course of the next 6 months. Any other folks who would like to collaborate or contribute are welcome to it. Currently, anyone logged into wikispot can contribute content. My contact info is in my profile.
Wikidirections is a wiki to help you get from A to B. We're a human mapping service, but with a twist. Google Maps will give you (sometimes) precise driving directions, but they won't tell you which is the cheapest, or safest, or most scenic, or quickest way between two points. Should you take the train from Vienna to Salzburg, or is the bus cheaper? That's where Wikidirections comes in. Wikidirections is geared towards world travelers, written by world travelers. We won't tell you how to get from your house to the drug store, but we will tell you, for example, how to get from Spain to Morocco quickly, cheaply, and without getting ripped off. While Wikitravel's focus is on the destination, Wikidirections focuses on the journey itself. [more inside]
Fictopedia is an online encyclopedia (in wiki form) of user-generated fictional information. Users are free to add or edit any information they wish on any subject with only two limitations. First, the information must be fictional (we already have Wikipedia for the "real' world) and second, the information must be about original, and not existing fictions (so nothing copyrighted/in someone else's book/movie/show already). Fictopedia is about creating new fictions by letting users add, edit and cross-link each others' ideas. There is no limit on genre (sci fi, alt-history, present day fiction, fantasy, whatever!) and articles can range from serious to silly. The goal is to see what emerges. Think of it as a fan wiki for all the fictional universes that don't exist yet. I've been working on this with several friends for a while, but I want to throw it open to as many people as possible now. Come create an account and contribute - see where others take your ideas! [more inside]