New York, June 19, 2010 - How do you make both historic and current neighborhood information available in New York City? How do you create that information? Who curates and maintains it? These are a few of the questions that will be answered by the WikiNeighborhoods project.
WikiNeighborhoods is a collaboration between Wikimedia New York City, The Internet Society of New York, and Connecting.nyc. It is an extension of our dotNeighborhoods initiative creating content for locally run websites for each of New York City’s neighborhoods. It will test the “wiki model”, as seen in Wikipedia/Wikimedia projects and a growing number of city wiki efforts.
WikiNeighborhoods will collaboratively document New York City’s neighborhoods and provide new avenues of civic cooperation and engagement for city residents. The project will initially develop resources for 10 neighborhoods, 2 for each of the five boroughs. Project planning is taking place at Wikiversity with initial implementation using a .org domain, e.g., nyc-neighborhoods.org. Finally with .nyc’s activation, the dotNeighborhoods will move to their permanent sites - Astoria.nyc, BrooklynHeights.nyc, GreenwichVillage.nyc, Harlem,nyc. Jackson Heights.nyc, etc.
Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning. It invites teachers, students, and researchers to join in creating open educational resources and collaborative learning communities.
The Internet Society-NY is the local branch of the global Internet Society, an independent international nonprofit organization founded in 1992 to provide leadership in Internet related standards, education, and policy around the world.