Marspedia:Editorial Minutes 9/24/2018

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Marspedia Editorial Subcommittee Weekly Meeting

We convened this meeting as a teleconference using the Zoom.US service on September 24, 2018.


James Burk, Bruce Mackenzie, Frank Crossman, Ryan Watson, Mike Delaney


  • Science Journalism Internship Program
  • Needed Articles Spreadsheet

Science Journalism Internship Program

We reviewed the draft of a flyer for the internship program. Bruce had some suggestions on how to improve it. We are going to start with 7 schools:

MIT - Bruce

Johns Hopkins (MD)

Columbia (NYC)

UC Santa Cruz - Frank

Berkeley - Frank

Boston U - Bruce

Emerson College - Bruce

Details from flyer pasted in below:

Marspedia is a free online encyclopedia with articles covering all aspects of the planet Mars, including past historical missions to the planet, current knowledge about Mars, technology related to ongoing exploration, future concepts such as terraforming, and plans for human exploration and settlement of the Red Planet.

The Marspedia project aims to a build out a great resource for people of all ages to learn more about the planet Mars, promote the human and robotic exploration of the Red Planet and encourage STEM education.

In Fall 2018, Marspedia is offering an unpaid internship program in partnership with several Universities worldwide. This program is perfect for Science Journalism students who’d like to build their skillset and work on a hands-on project that has tangible results to help the field they are entering. Marspedia staff will provide training on how to use Mediawiki (our publishing platform), will maintain a task board for interns, and will check in regularly and during our weekly editorial call to ensure they have everything they need to contribute effectively to the encyclopedia.

  • Exact Time commitment agreed upon ahead of time. A time tracking tool will be utilized.
    • Students completing an internship for academic credit must typically complete at least 120 hours over the course of the Fall/Spring/Summer program. Credit will be awarded separately by the university.
    • Non-credit internships have a time commitment but it’s soft, not hard.
  • Marspedia reserves the right to terminate an internship at any time.

Tentative Dates:

Fall 2018 Program

  • October 1st – Fall Program Begins
  • Mondays 11:30am PST / 2:30pm PST – Weekly Editorial Call
  • December 7th – final intern review meeting
  • December 10th – Fall Program Ends

Spring 2019 Program

  • Jan 9th - Applications Due for Spring 2019
  • Jan 21st – Spring Program Begins
  • May 31st – Spring Program Ends

Summer 2019 Program

  • June 1st – Summer Program Begins
  • Aug 15th – Summer Program Ends

Needed Articles Spreadsheet

We reviewed the progress of the Needed Articles Spreadsheet which the entire Editorial Subcommittee is working on.

The intent of the spreadsheet is to capture all the article ideas we've had in the course of creating our new Category Hierarchy, and to come up with any new ideas in looking at each category. The spreadsheet is organized with all the categories in column A, and columns B-C-D and beyond can be used for ideas for articles or article groups. Anybody is free to add to this spreadsheet.

Once we have enough ideas, we will prioritize this and update the Needed Articles page on the wiki. This will also be the source of work assignments for editorial team members and interns to improve the wiki long-term.

Action Items for Next Week

  • James to update flyer based on our discussion.
  • James to update the wiki with program info.
  • Everybody to continue adding to Needed Articles Spreadsheet.

Trello Board

Trello Board