[Imc-communication] Re: [www-features] imc information center
gdm at fifthhorseman.net
Tue May 10 10:21:23 PDT 2005
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hello Anna and everyone else,
> +++ summary: new idea for the global page +++ information about
> indymedia like cases of repression but also more to be collected on an
> 'indymedia information center' web page +++
sounds like developing some of the resources we already have :-)
> == what ==
> during the ahimsa seizure there was a static page (a page that can only
> be changed by page administrators) with information on the seizure, the
> indymedia press releases etc: http://www.indymedia.org/fbi/. this was
> originally set up when imc seattle had legal trouble.
> this was updated by the ad hoc ahimsa press group which dissolved when
> the attention on the seizure faded.
> during that time it was mentioned that it would be nice to have a 'press
> room' page with information for journalists. i didn't like the idea (the
> name) then because i think we're media ourselves and so who is 'the
> press' then?
i agree with your sentiments here. and also agree that comprehensive
information about imc is missing - e.g. what it is, examples, how to
make contact or to get involved, etc. a lot of this is contained on the
GlobalIssues page on the wiki  and is definitely stuff we should be
> == where ==
> this kind of information should be easily available on a page
> linked directly from the global page www.indymedia.org.
> it could be linked from the start page either as something like
> 'Indymedia Information' or 'Indymedia Information Center', or just
> simply as the 'about us' page. is anyone working on that? the one we
> have looks a bit like a work in progress?
definitely from www.indymedia.org
there are already some 'static' pages - and that is how i would envision
this page. i agree that it could probably be dealt with by working on
the 'about' page or some of the other links. indeed, many of the links
are outdated: that is, point to outdated links like process.indymedia.org
it would be better to update these pages and links - either by creating
new texts or pointing to pages on the wiki site.
some of this work was already started: there is a page on teh wiki 
which contains all the links already, as well as a copy of the old text
and some draft texts for the new version. some of these have been worked
on, some of them not; i'd encourage people to join in :-)
> == how ==
> assuming that most imc's who have had legal trouble have this
> information collected somewhere the easy way would be to link to
> that, maybe with a little summary of what happened.
> i'm also thinking of a collection of links pointing to coverage of major
> actions like summits, protests against nuclear waste transports or water
> privatisation, factory occupations, pga conferences etc. etc. . i think
> most imc's have 'their' big actions summarized in a big feature and so
> it shouldn't be too complicated to gather this information.
it might be interesting to compile these links in chronological order...?
> as long as there is only me there is no point in starting a new mailing
> list ;). but as soon as more people take part there will be one, and
> it'll obviously be announced on these same lists: communication,
> process, legal, global features - and other suggestions?. so far i
> propose that discussion about this idea should take place on
> imc-communication only. please don't cc all four lists.
i would actually say www-features as this is the main list where such
work has been done before (i think) and also all the people who have
admin access to the site should be signed up to either www-features or
www-editoriales (spanish/portuguese language list; same function)
> i would like to start with this soon and i'd really prefer to not stay
> by myself.
> if however anyone has objections against this project please say so and
> preferably propose how to do it differently.
well: i propose announcements on all the lists you mention (and maybe
others, too) but that the work should be carried out on www-features.
perhaps you could join, Anna?
> == who ==
> i have been asking around for a while whether anyone was interested in
> doing this but it seems most people are really busy with local things -
> which is good! - and don't have the time. so i'm asking again whether
> anyone would like to help, maybe just with little things like forwarding
> information or pointing out where to find older things?
me - amongst everything else! and i'm sure there would be others who
help admin the global site who would be interested in helping, too.
one suggestion might be to have another www-features/editoriales work
party: we had one in january that was a 24 hour period and we all came
into irc when we were able and i thought it was hugely successful.
> if you have suggestions about what else should be there or how to do it
> or who to contact or anything else but don't want to participate or
> commit to anything new: send an email or find me on irc
> (chat.indymedia.org #communication) please!
we also use #features for discussing the global site :-)
love and solidarity,
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 http://docs.indymedia.org/view/Global/GlobalMenuIdeas - iirc, i'm
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