Volunteers will work at home using their own computer without compensation.
However, people who show a sincere interest in our work, are reliable, and
who demonstrate an ability to get things done, will be considered for a paid
position if and when we receive sufficient funding.
If you would like to help us with any of the tasks listed below, please contact
Cooperative Research is looking for one or two people to help recruit new
volunteers and then track and manage their projects.
We need help devising and implementing a strategy to create partnerships with
authors, scholars, journalists, and issue-specific organizations. Specifically,
we need one or two people to help design a networking campaign and several
other volunteers to search the Internet for potential partners.
We could use some assistance developing a Library-of-Congress-based classification
schema for organizing timelines by subject.
Writing and Research
Timelines - We are looking for volunteers with good writing and
research skills to help complete several unfinished timelines related to US,
Iraqi, Middle Eastern, and African history.
Public Relations/Newsletters - We are looking for people who would
be willing to spend a few hours each month writing letters, emails, and newsletters.
We need two or three people to help bring some life to our forum and moderate
it. To be eligible, you must have a verifiable history of posting high-quality
content elsewhere. Prior experience as a moderator is a plus.
Editors and Copyeditors
We need experienced editors and proofreaders. Once Cooperative Research's
contribution system is complete, developmental editors will work with contributors
on the organization and structure of their timelines. Other editors will fact-check
submitted entries. Editors will be able to specify a maximum number of entries
they are willing to edit per week.We encourage people with expert knowledge
on specific issues—journalists, scholars, graduate students, etc—to
participate in this effort. Copyeditors would check entries for correctness
and consistency in spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Cooperative Research needs help researching foundations that could potentially
provide us with funding.
We are looking for an exceptionally talented web designer
to brighten up the Cooperative Research website and make it look more professional.
We would need a design for the home page, the timeline pages (view),
and the project pages (view).
and graphic design expertise. We will take care of the task of incorporating
it into existing website. If we use your design, we will include a small “this
website was designed by” link at the bottom of all pages.
We would like to create multimedia presentations that explain the concept and
significance of collaborative research, perhaps something similar to the presentations
at Creative Commons.
Java and Php Development
Java - We are also looking for experienced Java programmers to assist in
the development of the website. Experience programming websites involving Java
1.5, JDO, JSP, MySql, XML and Tomcat technologies is essential, as is being
able to commit enough time to the work to make any initial learning-curve worthwhile
(we're not trying to be picky—we are of course only looking for volunteers
prepared to work without compensation—however it's just not worth your
or our time if you lack sufficient experience or time to be of use on this
Php - While most of the site is in Java, we are using a few php open-source
applications like phorum and
phprojekt and could
use some help customizing and tying the apps together.
xml - We need help developing an xml schema for the mapping of entity-relationships.