Within the project community stakeholders are invited to fulfill various roles that are critical to its ongoing development and success. These roles include:
Users include both (1) institutions and individuals utilizing the tool via its public online interface, as well as (2) institutions and individuals downloading or adapting the tool to their own private environments. In both cases, users are considered as active participants in the project’s development and are encouraged to share feedback and contribute to the project by fulfilling additional roles to ensure their needs as users are truly met.
Contributors are institutions and individuals lending their time and skills to the project on a voluntary basis. Their commitment and contribution may be casual or long-term and may extend to a range of specialized tasks or areas of project development. Contributors may include indexers, developers, translators, or participants in the project’s working groups and committees including the Board of Directors, Advisory Committee, Content Working Group, Technical Working Group, Internationalization Working Group and Marketing and Fundraising Working Group.
Staff are paid contributors to the project who are tasked with coordinating and executing specialized administrative and technical aspects of project development. Staff are contracted for a period of one year or more. As a lean organization, staffing is kept to a minimum as dictated by the needs of the project at each Phase. Staff may include a System Administrator, System Development Coordinator, Data Technicians, Metadata Librarian, Senior Indexer and Engagement Coordinators.
Partners are institutions or individuals lending in-kind resources or collaborative support to the project as Strategic Partners or offering financial support to the project as Funding Partners. Partners may contribute on a casual or ongoing basis.
To facilitate communication and collaboration among stakeholders and community members in all roles the following channels will be utilized:
The project website at www.k4all.ca will serve as a central hub for project information and activity. As Knowledge for All’s public facing site, it will host all project plans and documentation and serve as a connecting point to other project channels via posted contact information, sign up and links. In addition, the project website will function as a community portal for existing and prospective community members in all roles. The portal will be accessed by registration and login via the website and will include interactive features to facilitate collaboration among community members including discussion forums, groups, wiki pages and news feeds.
The project newsletter will be published monthly and will include linked content with relevant updates on key areas of project development including system development, content development and fundraising. It will reach all community members registered on the project website or signed up via the online sign up form.
Social media and online community presence
Knowledge for All will establish accounts on all relevant social media channels to broadcast project developments and connect with community members. Social media accounts will include, but are not limited to LinkedIn, Twitter and Vimeo. The project will also establish presence in relevant online communities such as Wikipedia by establishing profiles or pages.
Project meetings and events
Knowledge for All will establish a schedule of regular meetings for stakeholders and community members to receive updates and share feedback on project development as well as for contributors working on specific aspects of project development. Meetings and events will take place online via web-conferencing. To compliment its regular schedule of project meetings an annual flagship event might also be launched that invites stakeholders and members of the project community to address challenges and developments within the broader project landscape.