Appeal for help
It's not a good time to start, I know, but the new year is, and it's not far away. I also shouldn't be thinking of new projects when my plate is already too full.
Still, I think this needs to be done. If anybody is interesting in helping me, so it's a team effort, I think it would be done as a much better job, and it'd be less work for everybody.
What's the problem?
Wikipedia. Well, there's nothing wrong with wikipedia itself, but the articles on wikipedia that cover the sort of things we discuss here are a mess. I think this is a pity.
I'd like to put together a team, to start work tidying up all the relevant articles on wikipedia.
The aim is not to abuse any copyrighted information, nor to replace, or compete with, any published guidance.
It would be good, though, to be able to include information from other initiatives, such as IT4IT and the ASM to the mix - as well as having good articles on recent areas of interest, such as SIAM.
How would we do it?
Once we have a team, we'd, together, agree priorities. We'd then produce a short-term, medium-term, and long-term plan of what needs to be done.
The short-term aim would be to remove out-of-date material, improve current citations, and provide some coherent linkage through categories.
The medium term aim would be to have a good set of articles that would help introduce somebody to the field, but, also, be a reliable source of information for a practitioner to look up details.
This is not an advertising initiative. Wikipedia is not there as an advertising medium. It's there to inform. So articles need to be objective, and independent, as far as possible.
Are you interested in helping?
If so, wonderful! Even if you haven't much time, just a few minutes a day, of well-directed work, can make a bit difference.