Proposal:Involving older people

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    Increasing the participation of older people specifically those of retirement age


    Contacting age related organisations/clubs/sites with view to eliciting both interest in understanding, use and contribution to Wikipedia


    Older people are often isolated by the perceived(and actual)complexity of internet use. The physical limitations that age can place on a potential user/contributor may inhibit them from travelling to areas of interest in the physical world. They do, however, have a vast store of knowledge that is frequently overlooked. In the first instance the participation could be encouraged by eliciting 'memorable moments'. A WikiHistory. Additionally, there is likely to be a large amount of photgraphic media available for scanning. Likely benefits, apart from increased capability in internet usage, is stimulation of the mind. Another could be reuniting colleagues/friends/family separated by time and distance. Much of recent history information could be immeasurably enriched by the experience and media of people who were actually there

    Key Questions

    How to establish liasons with these people possibly through supervisor, carers or family. The segmentation of information received into time/event categories Finding the right editors capable of sifting and arranging information in a way that values participation

    Potential Costs

    Potentially time only. Though some data collection requiring travel and/or a physical presence


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