The Local Government & Municipal Knowledge Base is a Wikipedia-like encyclopedia of Local Government related knowledge. It has been up-and-running since October 2008 and contains over 4000 pages of information.
All of the information on the site is published under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Licence, which means it can be freely re-used and adapted.
The main philosophy of the site is that openly sharing knowledge & ideas and is good for individuals, Councils and Australia, and that openly sharing knowledge & ideas is easy.
It is hoped that the LGAM Knowledge Base will:
a) become a place where people with an interest in local government related topics can pool their knowledge and collaboratively develop better ways of doing things, thereby providing a better service to ratepayers.
b) help any Councils interested in developing their own encyclopedic knowledge base by providing generic content with which to seed it.
One of the goals of the site is to try to document the terminology & acronyms used by local government across Australia & New Zealand. The individual content pages tackle these terms in depth often with pictures and usually with a few links to references, but as a quick reference there is also a glossary that is automatically compiled from the first paragraph of the more detailed articles.
The glossary currently contains about 700 definitions, and it is still growing.
The photo library is a collection of photos of of local government assets & activities. There are well over a hundred photos in the library.
The easiest way to get involved in the site is via the forum. There are two ways to participate in the forum, by clicking on the link in the side menu or clicking the discuss button at the bottom of any page.
As of 31 May 2012, the site has been visited on more than 200,000 occasions and just over 500,000 pages have been viewed.
As of 31 May 2012, 534 people had become members of the site.
The site is very easy to find using any of the major search engines. Typing "LGAM" into any of them should do the trick. What's more there are quite a few pages on the site that are now the No.1 Google search result for local government related terms.
Try typing any of the terms below into Google, and check out the results.
How to Help
- Forward a link to anyone you think might be interested in the site.
- Sign Up to the Site
- Link to Pages of Interest - Websites, Forums, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
- Spread the Word
- Use the Forum
- Add Content
- Fix Mistakes
- Add and vote on ideas.
- Donate Photos
This site is hosted by Wikidot.com, and when you sign up to this site you automatically become a Wikidot member too. There are a few advantages to this, not the least being that you get five free sites similar to this one. You can, if you wish set up a personal website, a council website, a site for your community group, and a site for your sporting club for a grand total of zero dollars. Sound too good to be true? It takes a little bit of effort to learn how to set up a site, but there is a strong community to support you, so why not ?