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Welcome to the Jackson Heights wiki: where the neighborhood's past is shared and future imagined.

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Here current and former residents of Jackson Heights store and share information about the neighborhood's resources - its history, events, organizations, people, places, etc. The goal is to create an information base that will serve the civic, economic, and social needs of neighborhood residents and organizations.

The wiki is a collaboration - like Wikipedia - but focused on Jackson Heights. It is part of the Initiative, a broad effort to meet the information, communication, decision-making and organizing needs of the neighborhood in an era driven by digital technology.

Initial Pages

The following are the first pages that were added to the wiki. Many are "stubs," help improve them.

All Pages

Many pages have been created since the wiki's initiation in early May 2017. See a list of all the wiki's pages.

Make A New Page

  • Add a new page to the wiki by typing the desired page name into the below box, then click the Make This Page button.

  • To make a general request that someone create a new page, CLICK HERE.

Index Pages

To speed access to the wiki's resources, we're designing an INDEX feature to take users to pages with related content. Here are a few we're considering.

Parks Schools People Restaurants Religious Institutions
Clubs Calendar Local Government Homeless Health Facilities
Art & Culture Historic District Improvement Projects Real Estate Outdoor Events
History Start Something Meeting Facilities 311 Relativity News
Maps Culture Example Example Example

Editing & Edit-a-thons

Adding pages and editing the Jackson Heights wiki can be tricky, but doable with a little assistance, (find help here). We use the same software used by Wikipedia, so if you're an experienced Wikipedian (a Wikipedia editor), there's a zero learning curve. For the inexperienced we're arranging an edit-a-thon (training sessions).

The Bureaucracy Welcomes You

A bureaucracy? Well, yes and no. It's more of a governance structure to oversee the wiki - appropriate content, operating and business practices - with every resident invited to participate.

Finding an effective governance process - deciding who has decision making authority - will be a key factor if determining if our neighborhood can support its own information system and have a say in its future in our increasingly digital world. We need a neighborly bureaucracy that will smooth the inevitable conflicts that will arise over the wiki's content and operation. So while most neighborhood events, its history, organizations, people, and places fit comfortably, we don't want to trespass, or violate norms of personal privacy. See the "Appropriate content" and "Governance process" pages for more on this.

The wiki is part of the initiative that seeks to plan, design, develop, and operate our neighborhood domain name. Inc., a NYS nonprofit, was granted the city license to operate the domain. Its goal is to transition control of the initiative to an independent nonprofit by 2020.