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Marspedia Editorial Subcommittee

The Marspedia Editorial Subcommittee is chartered by the Marspedia Governing Council to improve and maintain the wiki though a group of volunteer content editors and authors.

Next Weekly Meeting

Thursday 11/2/2017

Our next meeting will be next Thursday 11/2 at 11am Eastern / 10am Central / 9am Mountain / 8am Pacific.

Join the meeting or dial in using one of the following US numbers (pick one close to you): +1 408 638 0968  or +1 646 876 9923  or +1 669 900 6833. The meeting passcode is 333-203-348 - International Numbers.

Previous Meetings / Minutes

Thursday 10/26/2017

The Editorial Subcommittee had its first weekly teleconference working session on the service on Thursday 10/26.

Full Meeting Minutes

Action Items

  • James Burk to meet with Nicole (& record call) to get her approval for Marspedia to publish her content with a specific content license, including attribution preservation.
  • Add a disclaimer section that our choice of licensing for content doesn't apply to the other wikis.
  • Add more needed articles to Needed Articles page and prioritize it.
  • Create a list of topics that we want to cover on Marspedia, and use that to add more to Needed Articles.
  • Create a teacher landing page with links to key articles and a call to action for teachers to write for us.
  • Set up an editorial calendar, and allow volunteer editors to sign up for shifts - James Burk to set up & manage this.
  • Referred to Technical Subcommittee: clean up tag templates so that there is a clear set that can be used for tagging articles as needing various things.
  • Referred to Technical Subcommittee: update the Mediawiki skin used from current Monobook to newer Vector (or a custom version of Vector). This is a prerequisite for updating the home page.


We have set up a Slack (which is a chat tool similar to IRC or instant messaging) to coordinate the activities of the Editorial Subcommittee.

Here is the invite to Join our Slack.

Editorial Shift Calendar

We have a Google Calendar we are using to monitor the wiki and to ensure there is always an editor "on call" to review new submissions. Here is a Read-Only View of the Editorial Calendar. To add events, you have to be invited to the calendar and visit the Google Calendar application. Email James Burk for an invite.

Email List

We can be reached using the email list You can join the list by visiting this link.

Marching Orders from the Council

We need to determine what content is needed on the wiki, the process for assigning out & approving new content, and how the editorial committee can keep momentum, either through regular weekly working sessions or some of type of Slack-like tool.  It would be great to redesign the home page as well to add some graphics and make it easy for new volunteers to plug in quickly.