Help Wanted: Streetswiki Writing Talent

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Description: As a part of Streetsblog’s impending redesign we are launching a new web site called Streetswiki. Streetswiki is a free, web-based, community-created encyclopedia dedicated to sharing knowledge about sustainable transportation policies, practices and ideas from around the world. Like Wikipedia, its articles will be written and edited by anyone with a bit of unique knowledge and access to the Internet. Through Streetswiki, we hope to provide a means for Livable Streets practitioners in cities around the world to share information, ideas and best practices.

The Open Planning Project, the publisher of Streetsblog and Streetfilms, is seeking to hire one or more writers to help get Streetswiki off the ground. Our goal is to have a healthy number of Streetswiki articles written and published when the new site launches this spring. As such, we are looking for individuals with professional writing or editing experience and a background in urban planning, transportation policy or livable streets advocacy to help us seed Streetswiki.


Hours:
We are looking for someone who can commit a minimum of 20 hours per week and can focus intensively on this project for the next four to six weeks.


Pay:
A rate of $20 per hour or we can work out payment on a per article, per word or per week basis. Let’s discuss.


Sample Streetswiki article topics:

  • Jan Gehl, Danish urban designer
  • Ciclovia
  • Woonerf
  • Milennium Park Bike Station, Chicago
  • Park(ing) Day
  • Enrique Penalosa
  • A complete list of all known public bike-sharing programs
  • The Velib bike-sharing program in Paris, France
  • Chicanes
  • Le Mobilien
  • Hans Monderman
  • TransMilenio
  • Donald Shoup
  • Cheonggyecheon River Highway removal project, Seoul, South Korea
  • Physically Separated Bike Lanes
  • Christine Berthet of the Clinton / Hell’s Kitchen Pedestrian Safety Coalition
  • CHEKPEDS: The Clinton / Hell’s Kitchen Pedestrian Safety Coalition
  • Mode Shift
  • Curbside Vacancy Rates
  • Transit-Oriented Development
  • Ghost Bikes
  • Las Ramblas, Barcelona, Spain
  • Traffic Justice
  • Vauban, Freiburg, Germany
  • VMT
  • London Mayor Ken Livingstone
  • Janette Sadik-Khan

If the gestalt of this list is immediately clear to you and you have professional writing and editing experience and you can devote at least 20 hours a week to this project for the next four weeks (and you may be interested in editing Streetswiki as a full-time job), send a cover letter, resume and clips to aaron [at] streetsblog [dot] org. Please write, "Streetswiki" in the subject line of your e-mail.

  • Niccolo Machiavelli

    I can’t wait to post on the Christine Berthet entry.

  • Dave H.

    This is an excellent idea. I can’t wait.

  • How about an entry on Bike Boxes!! BIKE BOX! New lexicon!

    Hee Hee!

  • how about:

    complete streets

    and

    context sensitive design

  • What great news. There has been a preponderance of separate wikis for various topics popping up. Many have joined with Appropedia.org, a wiki for appropriate technology. Might Streetsblog also consider teaming up with Appropedia? This might provide a more fertile ground for cross-pollination. Appropedia is extremely ready to work on collaborative partnerships.

    More at http://www.appropedia.org

  • Oh, in particular check out the “Transport” category at appropedia:
    http://www.appropedia.org/Category:Transport

    It is one of the least well-developed categories at this point. Full-disclosure: I am the “moderator” of that category.

  • Angus Grieve-Smith

    Cool, another Aaron!

    I was also wondering why the OPP wants to create a new wiki rather than just putting stuff in an existing wiki, even Wikipedia.

  • Wiki is right up my alley — and why not have one on the subject of sustainable transportation. I am sure, given the vast amount of linkage provided here, there is tons of source material available. It’s really just a more convenient way for the reader to gain insight into those magic WikiWords, without having to following 5x worth of backlinks!

    Great ideas guys… I don’t have a resume 😉

  • NT

    On somewhat of a tangent, how about an ADA transit-wiki? It would be great to have a reference for mobility impaired transit users to get detailed information about the configuration of different subway, PATH, commuter rails stops, etc.

    Something that provides things like how long of a walk is it to reach the “convenient” elevator, major train terminals that lack high-platforms like Hoboken, etc..

    Something that would go above and beyond the official transit provider websites, which are sometimes lacking.

  • dbs

    It would be nice to have a repository of global streetsblog-worthy legislation on streetswiki — a la http://www.newrules.org

  • This is a great idea. Hopefully some European citizens will contribute. Europe has some of the best “green” roadways and transportation.

    Mike

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