In this section, we have tried to provide answers to most of the anticipated questions. It will grow and expand as questions are raised and answered.
 

Being involved - why ?

As the Introduction said - its all about YOUR story and history. Its a lot more than just the snippets of topical information you might put on facebook, or on your club website. It is the life and times of your club and its people in depth, complete with pictures, audio and video.
It can also be your permanent archive.
 
With the technology, it is now easy and cost effective to add real video of activities that help bring the story to life
 

What is a Wiki ?

A Wiki is essentially an encylopedia. It is a content management system (CMS).
The largest and most well known wiki is Wikipedia.
 
 

What is the difference between this Wiki and our club websites/facebook posts.

There are significant differences between a website and an encylopedia - or knowledge store.
 
A website does not have many of the characteristics and functionality required to be a knowledge store
There are two key aspects that differentiate a website from a Wiki.
 
Purpose
The purpose and goal of  a website is very different to that of a knowledge store. Our Rotary websites are essentially our store front. The world can find us and understand what the organisation is and what we do and what we stand for. To be effective, a website has to be topical and concise and deliver specific messages. So "stores" appear and disappear. The website also provides resources for Clubs and Rotarians needed to carry out some of their work, so websites are also an operating tool for Rotarians.
 
In contrast, wiki's - or "knowledge stores" - have a very different focus. It is the aggregate record of the people, the club, who they were and the things they and their clubs did - ie knowledge and facts - which can have many elements to it. So knowledge stores have very different - and greater- capabilities than websites. 
 
Management and control
Websites are the organisation's store front - they represent the brand as well as what they "sell". So they are a critical part of running the organisation. So websites are structured around permissions to do specific tasks. It is not a free-for-all. As a "store front", it is important to ensure accuracy, veracity and conformance with legislation, branding and to avoid vandalism. So there is far more control of access to editing and change.
 
In contrast, Wiki's are encyclopedias storing and presenting knowledge as people know it.  So many people can potentially contribute. Knowledge today can be presented in so many different ways. Pictures have been with us for a long time, but today there is enormous potential richness in audio and video content. So they are based around a democracy of people (community) who can create and modify the content at will and the systems are designed and build to handle vast quantities of files in almost any format.  For the Rotaryoceania Wiki, the community are the members of the Rotary clubs of Zone 7b.
 

A simple message to your Club

This project enables you to collect and permanently record your club history online - complete with pictures, audio, video playback.
It is your permanent club archive without having to store lots of boxes and files which nobody wants to look after.
 
Get a (big) cardboard box.
Bring it to your meetings
Ask people to find old and current photos, records, documents and books.
Newspaper articles about your club and its projects.
Your list of past presidents.
Special people in the life of your club or community that either supported you or you supported.
Special organisations that you may have helped get under way.
The greater the variety, the richer your history will be.
 

How do we categorise and organise the information ?

There are millions of ways we could store our knowledge and history. So we have provided some structure to enable the creation of common themes and make it easy to find.
Our history and stories will be created as articles based around pre-defined categories
 
From a club activity point of view, there are 3 categories of information:  The Club, Projects, Notable Rotarian.
 
However, there is more. Rotary has many programmes. Some have been with us for decades. Some are new as they are created to meet current society needs. So we have Programmes content. Well known examples are RYE, RYLA, RYPEN, ERK's, Summer Science School, DARE and others created by clubs all over NZ. NZ Blood Pressure Monitoring.
 
Over the years, many of the projects and programmes created by a Rotary club, then taken up on a larger scale  have grown into stand-alone organisation. For example, ROMAC, IHC, Kure Kids. So we have another category Rotary Organisations.
 

How do I find the Wiki and login ?

To get your login - read this