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#1 2017-08-17 00:21:43

jburk
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Marspedia

The Mars Society will be taking over ownership and maintenance of Marspedia.org.

Presently we are planning out a software update and migration to a new web host.

In the coming weeks, we'll need help from volunteers to review and modernize the content of the wiki.

I have all of the old NewMars Wiki content as well, I might restore that somewhere so we can merge the two.

Exciting times!


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#2 2017-08-17 16:19:50

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Re: Marspedia

yes very exciting and thank you for the efforts to bring back the past and merge them with what will be a shining future....

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#3 2017-08-17 22:05:02

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Re: Marspedia

Yes! It is very exciting indeed.  I spend most of today learning about modern MediaWiki installations and how we can improve.  Please email me if you are interested in volunteering to help out in these early stages.  We will have a test version of the wiki that you can have 'early access' to.  (I feel like Valve and Steam games right now).


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#4 2017-08-27 22:17:32

jburk
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Re: Marspedia

Marspedia.org is now updated with all the security patches, and we've turned back on the ability for new user accounts to be created. It's now running on Mars Society hardware too.

We plan to continue to make improvements and expand it.


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#5 2017-08-28 16:26:32

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Re: Marspedia

I started to poke around a bit and its seems that some of the pages are a bit stale in that they have not been kept up with progress that has been made and missions that have already been put into the books so to speak.

I would say for those that want to devle in start here at the Topic list page

example of what I mean....
http://marspedia.org/index.php?title=Li … t_missions

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#6 2017-08-28 17:51:16

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Re: Marspedia

That is 100% true.  The wiki has not been maintained and they had turned off new users for several years due to spam.  I am currently combatting the spam problem since I turned them back on when I moved it over to our server.


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#7 2017-09-03 11:44:45

jburk
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Re: Marspedia

As part of modernizing & building out Marspedia.org:

I have restored the New Mars Wiki! - wiki.newmars.com

Right now, creating new user accounts are turned off to prevent spam, but let me know if you want me to set one up for you.

Enjoy!


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#8 2017-09-03 15:39:35

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Re: Marspedia

I did not have an acount on the old wiki but can help with monitoring as I am with the forum if you should want to create one for me.

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#9 2017-09-19 12:05:19

jburk
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Re: Marspedia

This is moving forward.  We are establishing a governing council right now with people from Mars Society, Moon Society, and Mars Foundation.  We should be able to plug in volunteers in a couple weeks.  This has a lot of momentum.


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#10 2017-09-19 16:59:46

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Re: Marspedia

excellant, sounds like a great plan to pool the resources to the efforts.

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#11 2017-10-21 11:33:29

jburk
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Re: Marspedia

Yesterday we had the first meeting of the Marspedia Governing Council -- we officially formed the organization which puts Marspedia under the jurisdiction of the Mars Society's 501(c)(3) and allows us to solicit donations that are tax-deductible.  Susan Martin (who is on the Mars Society Steering Committee and is a former Executive Director) and I were elected as Chair and Vice Chair, respectively.  This means that there is now an official effort to improve the wiki with the involvement of the Mars Society, Moon Society and Mars Foundation, and we are taking the lead role.  Very exciting!

We are moving forward quickly with forming Editorial and Technical subcommittees so we can plug in volunteers and make progress to move the wiki forward.  More details are on the Marspedia wiki itself on these pages:

Technical Subcommittee

Editorial Subcommittee

I would love to see people on New Mars Forums join either or both of these subcommittees. We need help!

The Technical Subcommittee will be using the Mars Society's Internet Task Force Slack application.  Please email me to get an invite.

The Editorial Subcommittee will be meeting weekly using a teleconference service to have working sessions.  Our first meeting will be this Thursday 10/26 at 11am Eastern / 8am Pacific.  The details are on the page above.  We will be using the When2Meet Service to determine future meeting times.  Feel free to input your available times if you are interested in joining the subcommittee.


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#12 2017-10-25 21:32:40

jburk
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Re: Marspedia

Editorial Subcommittee meeting tomorrow AM (Thurs 10/26) 8am PDT, 11am EDT

James Burk is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Marspedia Editorial Subcommittee
Time: Oct 26, 2017 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/860784147

Or iPhone one-tap :
    US: +14086380968,,860784147#  or +16468769923,,860784147#
Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
        US: +1 408 638 0968  or +1 646 876 9923  or +1 669 900 6833
    Meeting ID: 860 784 147
    International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=6OKPUR … jo8FdKypxt


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#13 2018-03-22 14:26:32

jburk
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Re: Marspedia

Hi all.

Please consider joining and contributing to Marspedia.  We are planning to add some more volunteers later this summer that are journalism students, and we will soon be rolling out a new logo and a new Mars Atlas (Areography) section.


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#14 2018-09-26 15:10:45

jburk
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Re: Marspedia

Hi all,

Back with my every 6 month request to help on Marspedia.

Marspedia is a project of three organizations -- the Mars Society, the Moon Society, and the Mars Foundation.  While the project has been going since 2007, the Mars Society joined the project last year and announced it here: http://www.marssociety.org/mars-society … yclopedia/

Marspedia now operates as a "committee" of the Mars Society and is under our 501(c)(3).  Along with members of the other two organizations, we formed a Governing Council and I am the current Chair of the council.  We created Editorial and Technical subcommittees to do the day-to-day work.  The technical committee had a flurry of activity last year getting the wiki modernized and spam content cleaned up.  Now we are building a category selection tool and working on a bulk article creation process.

The Editorial committee meets weekly on a teleconference (Mondays at 11:30am Pacific time).  We created a new category system and are now in the process of coming up with article ideas.  We will also be launching an internship program for science journalism students.

Frank Crossman and I presented on Marspedia at the Mars Society Conference last month, and our video is here: https://youtu.be/kNSIXuZkpBU

If you would like to help the project, please email me and I can add you to our Slack communications tool and send you invites to the upcoming meetings.

More details are on Marspedia itself such as:
https://marspedia.org/Marspedia:About

and

https://marspedia.org/Marspedia:Editorial


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