This site was an experiment and as of April 7th, 2009 is no longer accepting changes. It is kept up for archival and reference purposes. New work is ongoing in the direction of having a Pointrel Social Semantic Desktop instead of a Halo Semantic MediaWiki.
A WikiProject is a collection of pages devoted to the management of a specific topic or family of topics within Wikipedia; and, simultaneously, a group of editors that use said pages to collaborate on related work. It is not a place to write articles directly, but a resource to help coordinate and organize article writing and editing. Any attached talk pages are a convenient forum for those interested in the OpenVirgle Project See also: Wikipedia WikiProject
As a chaordic group, organization isn't exactly one of our top priorities. However, some degree of it is needed to make things easy to find, particularly in a semantic media. Here is the current proposed structure:
-Their are two types of articles, information/ideas and projects. The information ones will mostly be gathered from the public domain and other legal sources. Projects will identify some physical project that needs to be done, for example identify which of two species of tomatoes is more productive when a given nutrient is in short supply.
-See Information Gathering Tips for writting traditional articles.
-Project articles can be created when you see the need for information that can't be found anywhere else. You don't have any obligation to continue the project further after you propose it. After a summary of the information required is written, the community can help outline the best way to proceed and break the project up into pieces that multiple people can work on. External resources like code, data, or websites can be presented here. Members (or non-members, for that matter) can sign up and later post results which can be integrated into a information article.
-Remember that as we are writting articles this way, members are working on superior ways to do this, by either programming a whole new repository or extending the halo wiki so that things such as CAD files can be uploaded to a project for use by all members. Of course, this is just an idea and you should feel free to contribute however you see fit.
Organization of standard information articles
Overviews of general plans are named something like this: "Overview of Mars Habitation" and are in the "general overviews" category. These are where the most basic plans are presented, and are outlines showing all of the gaps that need to be filled in. For example, one section in Mars Habitation (we avoid colony due to imperialist connotations) is titled energy production. It will have a summary of methods such as solar and nuclear, which will each have there own page. The solar energy page will have an overview of things like efficiency in different atmospheres, and a parallel page called "how to make a solar panel" will have some information on basic construction techniques, and hopefully some more advanced chemical/materials engineering information. From here, specific materials can be identified that are needed. That material can be further researched, given its own page, and have sources on places such as Mars identified.
At this point it might be decided that some information is needed, perhaps how efficiently a certain technique can be used to extract a mineral from something like jasperite. This is when a project page should be created requesting someone designs and executes an experiment.
Rare vocabulary that is common here
You have probably noticed that words like "chaordic," "post-scarcity," "trans-humanism," and "stigmergy" are common here. This isn't indicating our advocation of these philosophical and political terms; just our belief that every aspect of socio-political beliefs should be at least evaluated with this great opportunity of extraterrestrial habitation. Please don't be scared away by such out there opinions, our philosophy is as open-source and free as the rest of this project.
Nicolas Cage presents an alternative vision of the future: "Our intention is to affirm this life, not to bring order out of chaos nor to suggest improvements in creation, but simply to wake up to the very life we're living, which is so excellent once one gets one's mind and one's desires out of its way and lets it act of its own accord."
Both can be supported here.
Bryan's SKDB plans
Bryan's SKDB, as I have come to understand it, is a framework that can encompass all of the work that we do, and unite it into a cross referenced and cross linked network of resources. There is work being done on investigating what shape this framework will take, ranging from a superset of tools which indexes and externally connects all of our resources, to being the fabric which makes up the resources themselves, enabling them to link and organize themselves. Efforts are also underway investigating how to make the framework as reliable, distributable, and flexible as possible.
Since part of the goal of the SKDB is collecting and organizing/absorbing information, it is expected that preliminary work in this Wiki will be entirely adaptable to the future design, and that makes it beneficial to begin collecting information here, as a work in progress.