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Revision as of 08:23, 2 February 2010

Contents

Contributors

Coach -- Jimmy B. Parker
Wiki Advisor -- Michael Ritchey
Content Specialists -- Joan Healey, JoLynne Harline
Contributors -- Rose Adams, Dixie Cragun, Norma Dalton, Jan Edwards, LaShelle Fisher, Tauna Hinckley, JoAnne Kartchner, Charles Smith, Karen Soliday, Frances Taylor, Robert Vann, Lana Whiting
Uploader -- Claudia Jean Heaston

Roles of Contributors

Wiki projects need people playing various roles. Here are some possible roles or skill sets that are needed in the Indians of North America Project. If you have a particular interest in one or more of these roles, please communicate those interests to the Project Coach.:

Volunteer: an entry-level member of the project, this person can handle simple assignments such as "copy and paste" tasks and adding links.

Googler: a team member who can do everything a Volunteer can do plus use search engines to find relevant Web sites and add links to those Web sites.

Uploader: a team member who is interested in locating images appropriate for the project and uploading those images to American Indian pages.

Researcher: A team member who can do everything Googlers can do plus be assigned to conduct research on a subject, make a list of references located, and recommend what should be written.

Writing Specialist/Editor: A team member who can do everything a Researcher can do, plus synthesize what was found by other team members into a succinct wiki page or section of a page. These folks are good at grammar, writing bridges between ideas, adding intuitive headings, etc.

Content Specialist: A team member who can do everything done by Researchers, plus review and recommend additional content.

Coach: Alternately called Team Lead, Mentor, Master (as in Master Craftsman), Craftsman, Subject Coordinator, Subject Moderator, Project Coach, Coach, or Team Coach, this person is knowledgeable about the subject in question. This person usually has a legacy of knowledge he desires to leave to the community, and could use some help fulfilling other project roles.

Scope of the project

There is much to learn of the Indians of North America, including their history, types of records, the location of those records, web sites of interest, and much more. The study is large enough to justify approaching this project in phases.

The purpose of the FamilySearch Wiki is to provide its users with enough information about the history of the group, locality, or record type to explain something of the content, location, and use of records. It is NOT the intent to have the Research Wiki be the end-all location of the history of all tribes, bands, etc. The focus for the Research Wiki is to be on records and their use. For that reason, we must focus on where known records exist, describe those records and their custodians, and explain the content of the records to those wishing to trace their ancestors.

Foundation: state pages

A foundation has been laid for the project by establishing a page for the Indians of each state of the United States. Those pages include a list of the tribes and bands of Indians currently residing in the state and those historically associated with it. The state pages also list reservations, Bureau of Indian Affairs agencies, Indian schools and health facilities, important web sites, and a bibliography for further reading. Each of these tribes, agencies, reservations, etc. are deserving of a page of their own.

Phase 1: Tribes and agencies

Phase One of this project will seek to address:

  1. The Indian tribes of the United States, a brief history of each tribe and its records, the location of tribal headquarters, the reservations and BIA agencies related to those tribes, and some significant web sites of interest.
  2. The BIA agencies in the United States, their history and name changes, changes of their jurisdiction, the tribes for which they were responsible, the types and locations of the agency records, especially those in the National Archives and its regional archives, with internal links to other records and their location.

Tribal pages

In the United States, there are 562 federally-recognized Indian entities, including nearly 200 Indian villages and other groups in the State of Alaska. In Phase One of this project, only the 364 tribes and bands in the "lower 48" will be addressed. In addition, there are some historical name changes of those tribes that must be addressed. Of these, stub articles have already been established for 394 of them, leaving only 6 more for which stub articles need to be established. Of the 400 tribes, approximately 15 of them have significant content already included in their pages, leaving content to be added to some 385 others.  All of the stub articles will be added by 15 December 2009. Content will be added to the remaining tribal pages in sprints between 15 December 2009 and 1 April 2010.

Agency pages

There are approximately 368 BIA agencies which currently exist or have existed within the borders of the "lower 48" since their establishment in the 1800s. Some have undergone name changes, the tribes for which they have been responsible have changed, and some have ceased to exist. If records were created by those agencies, a separate page must be created, with cross-references to related agencies. Pages for 342 of these agencies have already been created, leaving only 26 more to be created. Most of the agency pages already have significant content, but many need some additions, and internal links to and from the tribal pages need to be established.  The remaining agency pages will all be added by 2 February 2010. Content will be added to the remaining agency pages in sprints between 2 February 2010 and 1 April 2010.

Phase 2: Reservations

Phase Two will deal with the reservations, Pueblos of New Mexico, and California rancherias. Four hundred forty reservations and pueblos have been identified in the United States, with stub articles created for 285 of them. Of the 66 identified California rancherias, stub articles have been created for 61 of them. Content must still be added to virtually all of the pages in these categories.

Additional phases will be added in the future.

Requirements and tasks

This table tracks the requirements the team is trying to fulfill in the current sprint. A sprint is a period of days in which a team seeks to fulfill certain project requirements. Several tasks may have to be done to fulfill a single requirement; hence the Task column. If there are instructions needed for the task, those instructions will be added to the "Notes" column. As you volunteer for a task, place three tildes like this ~~~ in the "Sign Up" column. This places your User Name in that column. More than one person may sign up for a single task, in which case, the task will be coordinated by the Team Coach. Team members should report their progress at least weekly to the Team Coach who will complete the final five columns.

Current Sprint: 7 January 2010 to 2 February 2010

Focus for this sprint will be on adding content to the Tribal pages, adding internal links between tribal pages, agencies, reservations, and states.

Requirement  Task Notes Sign Up by inserting three tildes here (~~~)
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Add content to tribal pages Complete the adding of names and addresses of tribal headquarters
Requires "Google" searches for official tribal addresses Jbparker A few historical tribes do not have a current tribal headquarters 400 360 90%
Add content to tribal pages Continue to add external links to important web sites Requires "Google" searches to find the 5 most important web sites for each tribe

Gmajande

User:HealeyJE


Not all tribes have 5 important sites. The figure for no. done represents tribes for which at least one important site has been added. 400 411 103%
Add content to tribal pages Continue to add external links to Tribal constitutions Requires "Google" searches to find them

Gmajande

Not all the tribes have Constitutions and some who do, do not have them online. 400 232 58%
Add internal links to tribal pages from state Indian page Check "Indians of _______" and add internal links to tribal pages Requires finding tribal pages and cross-linking them, as instructed

Moody

User:HealeyJE

Many are already linked from state pages to tribes. The figure for no. done represents those states where all tribes in the state have been linked to the current tribal pages in the Wiki. 48 11 23%
Add internal links from state Indian pages to agencies Check "Indians of _______" and add internal links to agency pages Requires finding agency pages and cross-linking them, as instructed Jimmy B. Parker 48 10 21%
Add internal links from state Indian pages to reservations Check "Indians of _______" and add internal links to reservation pages Requires finding reservation pages and cross-linking them, as instructed 48 10 21%
Add remaining agency pages Requires a content specialist Jimmy B. Parker 26
Add content to tribal pages Add treaty information to tribal pages Requires a content specialist HealeyJE 400 43  11%


Additional tasks will continue to be worked on over several sprints. Those tasks are reflected in the following chart.

Requirement  Task Notes Sign Up by inserting three tildes here
 
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Add content to tribal pages Continue to add links to tribal websites

Gmajande

Not all tribes have a tribal website 400 256 64%
Add content to tribal pages Continue to add brief timeline for each tribe User:HealeyJE 400 56 14%
Add content to tribal pages Continue to add brief histories for each tribe

Moody

User:HealeyJE

400 30 8%
Add content to tribal pages Continue to add reservations to each tribe User:Jbparker Not all tribes have a current reservation 400 130 33%
Add content to tribal pages Continue to add descriptions of records for each tribe User:HealeyJE 400 100 25%
Add content to tribal pages Add links to additional references to history of the tribes 400 96 24%


Requirements Backlog

This is a list of possible requirements or features of this project. Before each sprint, each member of the team may vote on his/her top 5 requirement and/or task (the most important gets a 5, the least important gets a 1). After the vote we cut and paste requirements from this table to the Current Sprint table and assign to a contributor.

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See Also

American Indian Genealogy -- a portal for all things Native American that was created in Jan 2010.

Indians of North America