Iraq Museum International
From Iraq Museum International
This is the new Iraq Museum International site, created by the Baghdad Museum Project to help save Iraq's cultural heritage. It allows you to freely communicate, coordinate and collaborate with all other members of the site. It contains news, announcements, new writings, reference articles, exhibition catalogs, directories, images, and open discussions.
The purposes of Iraq Museum International are to:
- rekindle archaeological discovery in Iraq
- recover cultural property stolen from Iraq
- address the economic plight of Iraqi families and tribes recruited to pillage archaeological sites
- restore and help protect archaeological and historical sites throughout Iraq
- facilitate community cultural development among Iraqis
- harmonize cultural preservation with reconstruction efforts
- promote around the world greater understanding of Iraq's rich history and culture
- reduce senseless hostility and stimulate cross-cultural dialogue
- enable Iraqis to use their culture to more fully participate in the international community
By joining Iraq Museum International, you are agreeing to support these purposes. And we are very grateful for your support.
This site is free for all members to edit, revise, expand, annotate and discuss.
Any member can create an article about anything related to Iraqi culture and heritage. Any article may be edited by any other member, until the article is "protected" by an administrator. This way, teams of writers and editors can freely collaborate on articles and see them published immediately on this site.
Every version of every article is saved, and can be retrieved, and even be reinstated as the "current version." Contributors are welcome to monitor revisions to their articles. If the author of an article does not want it to be edited, he or she may request that the article be "protected" -- preventing any edits by other members. However, administrators will continue to add to the article links to other articles, site directories, images, etc., for cross-reference purposes.
Also, every article will automatically have a discussion page attached. This discussion page will be open to all members, and will rarely be "protected."
How the Site Works
This site is self-organizing. A table of contents can be automatically generated for any article. As more and more links are made among articles, you will be able to see "What links here" for each article. Articles can be associated with one or more categories, including categories which do not yet exist on the site. A directory of categories and sub-categories is automatically generated, with listings of articles under each. The system will also list all contributions from a particular member. Members can be associated with one or more groups, and these groups can be categorized for browsing.
Iraq Museum International will have a large collection of images from contributors everywhere. Unless otherwise noted on the image source page, any image may be used within any article on this site. Each image source page will automatically show which articles are using that image.
This completely new version of Iraq Museum International was launched on Sunday, January 30, 2005. The building of the site will be an open, transparent process. You can easily view and comment on new articles, recently uploaded pictures, and changes to any page. You can also explore the technology for the site, even as new features are developed, tested and implemented.
The technology will be used at other sites focusing on specific Iraqi governorates or on other collections and cultures, and these sites will be able to link seamlessly to one another. In other words, Iraq Museum International will demonstrate a framework for interoperability among museums and cultural institutions around the world.
In addition, the entire system can be readily translated into any language, including Iraqi Arabic, Kurmanji, Sorani and Special English (an easy-to-understand version of English). From any translated article, visitors will be able to jump directly to versions of that article in other languages.
- To join Iraq Museum International, click "Create an account" at the top of the page. Then log in.
- To post something about yourself, click your user name at the top of the page. A "user page" will appear. Edit the page and, if you are interested, include a line about your wanting to volunteer some of your time to help build this site. This will be noted by an administrator.
- To create a new article, enter a short title for your article in the "search" box in the left margin of the page. Press "Go." If the title is already taken for an existing article, try another title in the search box. If the title is not taken, you will be instructed to "click here" to create an article with the title. (Check your spelling. Use upper and lower case as you would for a published title.)
- To edit an existing article, click "edit" at the top of the article. Preview your work as you go along. Include in the "Summary" box a few words about the nature of your edit. Then click "Save page."
- To upload an image, click "Upload file" in the "toolbox" in the left margin of the page, and follow the instructions. Make sure to include information about the source of the image, and any rights and permissions.
- General titles for articles (for example, "Assyria" or "cylinder seals") should not be used for long original contributions. General topic articles invite editing from the entire community.
- If you have a very long paper you want to contribute (over 5,000 words), please break it down into parts and submit each part separately. You may add words such as (Part 1), (Part 2), etc., as part of the titles. The separate parts can easily be linked to one another.