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Welcome to the community

The mission of The Louverture Project is to collect as much information as possible about the Haitian revolution, to construct a narrative which provides context for that information, and to disseminate the collected knowledge as widely as possible. Your help is essential in achieving this mission, and this page is a good place to start if you're not sure where to dig in.

Discussion and Community

Talk (Discussion) pages are available for each article in the wiki to discuss issues related to those specific pages. General discussion related to the wiki can take place at the Village Pump. Finally, feel free to leave a note on the talk page for Stumax if you have suggestions or comments that don't seem appropriate anywhere else.

I've closed the mailing list for now; it never really got off the ground. If there's a demand for it, I'll be happy to open it back up.

What needs to be done

Pages Wanted

Many articles remain to be created.

Clean and Beautify

  • Almost all pages can be checked for wiki formatting and linking. These are in particular need:
Toussaint Louverture – The_Revolution_and_the_Louisiana_Purchase –

Build the Lists

The goal is to have be the most thorough and complete resource for Haitian history-related information on the web.

Feedback and Organize

Need to polish and refine how we categorize and organize articles on the site so that they can be found easily.

Also, please leave feedback via the mailing list or the talk pages about anything that could make the wiki more useful or easier to use or navigate. What is missing? What's difficult? What's frustrating? Feel free to take a whack at fixing it yourself, or just let us know.

Help and resources

Editorial Resources

The Blog

Wish List

  • Translations and localization in Creole and French.
  • Better organization.
  • A collection of digitized books, letters, and other documents.
  • All authors and books wikified and with individual pages.
  • Gallery of public domain paintings, engravings, and other images.

Notes and Acknowledgments

Notes

  • Several pages, including this one, have been locked due to spammers. Please use the discussion tab on a locked page to suggest changes or to request the page be unlocked.
  • Managing Editor Stuart Maxwell was interviewed recently by Lloyd Asato for Episode #4 of The Coffee Sessions podcast. Stuart had a chance to talk about The Louverture Project, among other things. Check out the podcast, and add Lloyd's Year of Coffee Blog to your RSS aggregator.

Acknowledgments

  • Milton Beckerman, for his keen interest in Haitian history, and for tireless work in seeking information and making connections with people and between events. His passion and dedication is the reason this project exists today.
  • Jay Beckerman, for his prompting, encouragement, and support.
  • Dorothy Devey Smith, for her encouragement, support, and keen editorial eye.
  • Marty Johnson, who worked with Milton to re-write and organize his notes and outlines.
  • Editor Doe has done a massive amount of work since September of 2005. We are a richer resource due largely to Doe's efforts.


Development

  • I'm still puzzling over how or whether to try to define and categorize the Who's Who list. Dealing with race is going to be a dodgy issue, and will it, in the end, be useful? What about separating by nationality or social class? I can imagine that it would be useful to pull up, say a list of British generals who had something to do with the revolution, but I'm wondering if trying to maintain a meaningful taxonomy will be more trouble than it's worth. This might be a good issue for the mailing list.
  • I added three "Who am I?" boxes to the top of the Main Page today. The idea is to begin to highlight human stories which will encourage those not well-versed in Haitian history to stick around and explore. I'd love some day to have a function which would automatically rotate these for each page visit. --Stumax 15:28, 9 Nov 2004 (PST)