Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Cvillepedia -- Bringing the Wiki Home

If you live in or around Charlottesville, VA, you should know about the Cvillepedia. If you don't, you should consider constructing a version for where do you live.

The concept's not brand new. But that's alright. It's the content that matters here, and that's where the Cvillepedia's value lies.

Simply put, the Cvillepedia is an on-line open source free encyclopedia about the city of Charlottesville and surrounding Albermarle County. The form, structure, and ethos are modeled after Wikipedia with an important distinction.

Launched by Charlottesville Tomorrow, the stated goal is to
inform and engage the public by providing clear, non-partisan information and research on land use, transportation, and community design issues with the confidence an informed public will make decisions that will protect and build upon the distinctive character of the Charlottesville-Albemarle area.
The exurbs are encroaching from the north (Washington, D.C.), the east (Richmond) and the south (Lynchburg), and Charlottesville itself is flowing outwards into Albermarle. As with many similar communities across the country, critical decisions about growth and development need to be made.

The value of something like the Cvillepedia is that it pulls together all the information, resource lists, and news about core issues into a single place. And as Charlottesville Tomorrow makes very clear, that single place is to be non-partisan. Not pro-growth, or anti-growth; neither liberal nor conservative -- simply a place where all the facts can be examined.

Would that we had something like it where I live.

- Ralph

Day 37 of the WJMA Podwatch.

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