I'm the managing editor of the Congresspedia project on SourceWatch. It's my job to help out citizen editors and sysops with any needs they might have, blog about Congress and Congresspedia, resolve disputes, recruit new editors and help develop the wiki, as well as making edits, correcting errors and checking facts like any other editor. I also work with the staff of the Sunlight Foundation, the co-operators of Congresspedia.
I used to work for Congress Watch division of Public Citizen, a national, non-profit public-interest organization. At Congress Watch I spent several years researching and reporting on influence and corruption in the federal government. I studied political economy at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA and Deep Springs College in California. I live in Washington, DC.
"I dearly love the state of Texas, but I consider that a harmless perversion on my part, and discuss it only with consenting adults." -Molly Ivins (Yeah, I"m from Texas)
- 1 Current meta-SourceWatch/Congresspedia projects
- 2 Meta projects not started yet
- 3 Current research projects
- 4 Thoughts on design
- 5 Useful shortcuts
- 6 Things I'm looking at that are cool
- 7 Thoughts on wikis and news
- 8 Stuff of utility to me
- 9 Congress upcoming week news
Current meta-SourceWatch/Congresspedia projects
- A proposal for a set of "ground rules" for SourceWatch
- A proposal for a standard referencing format
- SourceWatch:How to run a good working group - A guide for people using our new working groups.
Revamping Help pages
- Wikipedia's Help:Contents
Actions on SourceWatch/CP
Meta projects not started yet
Debating points on SourceWatch
Wikipedia has put a lot of thought into this and in general I'd like to move SourceWatch away from depending on case-by-case judgments from the sysops and managing editors. This should include a way of debating topics on SourceWatch.
- An example of debate on Wikipedia.
Original research policies
- Wikipedia has a policy banning synthesis of sources to advance a point (WP:SYN) as part of its policy on no original research. We need to write a more complete policy on original research for SourceWatch and I think I have no problem with what is banned under WP:SYN. This should be looked at thoroughly, however.
Keeping track of changes
- Wikipedia's Wikipedia:Recent changes patrol
- Drupal has a 255 character limit for RSS feeds?
Updating OpenTasks through the pearlebot
- See conversation with User:Beland on Wikipedia
- w:Wikipedia:Navigational templates
- w:Wikipedia:Embedded list
- w:Category:Navigational templates
- w:Wikipedia:Article series
- w:Wikipedia:Series templates
Opening up the policy-making process
Differences between Wikipedia and SourceWatch
Articles that need revamping:
Current research projects
Thoughts on design
One of the things I think about a lot is the design and display of SourceWatch and Congresspedia. If you like, you can see my notes on the matter and share some wisdom with me:
- For orgs -> SourceWatch:For research and advocacy organizations
- Voting Record Resource Center -> Help:Congresspedia Voting Record Resource Center
Things I'm looking at that are cool
Thoughts on wikis and news
- "Most notably, wikis can transcend the short attention span and fragmented view of issues and events inherent in traditional story-format reporting. With a wiki, no topic ever really "scrolls off the home page." Wiki pages are forever active -- even if they lie fallow for long stretches of time. And interested people can continue to watch and edit these pages indefinitely."
- Amy Gahran, "Where Are the News Org Wikis?" Poynter Online, March 20, 2007.
Stuff of utility to me
- My scratchpad
- Conor Kenny/user greeting
- List of interns
- Conor Kenny/Monsanto
- User:Conor Kenny/Using del.icio.us with SourceWatch
Congress upcoming week news
These are other sources of upcoming-week-in-Congress news: