A wiki community on a city-wide scale


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About the project Edit

The Economic Development Board in the city of Calgary (Alberta, Canada) launched in 2008 an online initiative called Calgarypedia - the first wiki community that aims to connect Calgarians with each other and the rest of the world. Calgarypedia is both a central and collaborative platform where city residents can share their opinions and ideas of what they love about Calgary. In addition, the project is also intended to be used as a Web resource to attract and retain talent in Calgary.


In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Just like Wikipedia, the content is created, monitored and verified by a strong community of contributors and collaborative partners. Calgarypedia ensures that the site remains a relevant source of information about Calgary, created and maintained by Calgarians. At the launch of the initiative, Calgary residents were invited to participate in a contest by submitting their best pictures and videos of their city.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Calgarypedia is a creative initiative that combines public participation with economic development efforts. The initiative is an economic development strategy and a new and different way to attract people, given that it focuses on the power of the digital generation (a new generation of Calgarians) and social media to discuss the benefits and the quality of life in Calgary. The strategy also adapts to the new reality of the Web in the race for talent where professionals and companies are now consulting online resources to determine where they wish to settle. The objective of Calgarypedia is to support the economic development of the city by supporting the creation of an attractive living and work environment. The initiative aims to make Calgary a destination of choice for professionals and businesses. By including local citizens, the initiative also creates a sense of community and pride in the city of Calgary.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

This initiative can be implemented in cities around the world.

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