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Content Editors and Copyeditors
We need experienced content editors and copy editors to review submitted timeline entries. Volunteer content editors would check that each entry is accurate and properly formatted. Entries that fail to pass muster would either be fixed or sent back to their creators with comments. We encourage people with expert knowledge on specific issues—journalists, scholars, graduate students, etc—to participate in this effort. If you do not have a lot of time, do not worry. You can elect to review as few as one entry per month. If you are interested in joining this effort, please send us an email describing your qualifications.
We need help devising and implementing a strategy to create partnerships with authors, scholars, journalists, and civil society organizations. Specifically,
we need one or two people to help design a networking campaign and several other volunteers to search the Internet for potential partners.
Public Relations/Newsletters - We are looking for people who would
be willing to spend a few hours each month writing letters, emails, and newsletters.
We need two or three people to help bring some life to our forum and moderate
it. To be eligible, you must have a verifiable history of posting high-quality content elsewhere. Prior experience as a moderator is a plus.
History Commons needs help researching foundations that could potentially
provide us with funding.
We are looking for an exceptionally talented web designer
to brighten up the History Commons website and make it look more professional. We would need a design for the home page, the timeline pages (view),
and the project pages (view).
it into existing website. If we use your design, we will include a small “this
website was designed by” link at the bottom of all pages.
We would like to create multimedia presentations that explain the concept and significance of collaborative research, perhaps something similar to the presentations
at Creative Commons.
Java and PHP Development
Java - We are also looking for experienced Java programmers to assist in
the development of the website. Experience programming websites involving Java 1.5, JDO, JSP, MySql, XML and Tomcat technologies is essential, as is being
able to commit enough time to the work to make any initial learning-curve worthwhile
(we're not trying to be picky—we are of course only looking for volunteers prepared to work without compensation—however it's just not worth your
or our time if you lack sufficient experience or time to be of use on this task).
PHP - While most of the site is in Java, we are using a few PHP open-source applications like Phorum and could
use some help customizing them.
xml - We need help developing an xml schema for the mapping of entity-relationships.