Critical Project Update - April 2, 2009

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The Dictionary of Ethical Politics

Project Update - April 2, 2009

Greetings Contributors,

Last week I sent you a rough quarterly outline of the project. We've since refined it it down to some helpful specifics. Please take time to review it in detail. There are three months left of the initial writing phase before we begin editing.

Over the next couple of weeks we will suspend weekly updates while I follow up with each of you individually to discuss the status of your contribution and to offer any assistance I can.

We are also looking to add up to ten more contributors this month, to cap the core contributors list at 50. Please, if you can, offer any referrals or recommendations, and/or direct your colleagues to me.

As always, if you have any trouble with the Wiki, questions, concerns, comments, or anything you wish to share with the larger group, please contact me immediately.

With profound respect and gratitude,

Charles Shaw
Editor - The Dictionary of Ethical Politics

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I) First/Invitational Writing Phase: Jan - June 2009

   * Jan 2009 - Pre-selected authors, activists, journalists, policy makers, and academics are invited to participate in the Dictionary of Ethical Politics project, forming the intellectual, philosophical, and lexicographical core.
   * Contributors identify two or more terms they will author themselves, and propose up to five more terms not already listed in the Index.
   * Contributors enter first versions of definitions by June 30

II) First Editing Phase: July 2009

   * Wiki is shut down on July 1 for two weeks
   * Satish, Tony, and Charles will edit the first round of entries

III) Second Writing Phase - August 2009

   * Wiki reopens mid-July
   * Authors modify their existing definitions and comment on other contributors definitions July-August.

IV) Second Editing Phase - September 2009

   * Wiki is shut down September 1 - Obligations of core contributors are complete. Thank You!
   * Satish, Tony, and Charles will edit the second round of entries, incorporating contributor comments into existing definitions
   * Core Contributor version of the dictionary is finalized Oct 1 - This version of the dictionary will remain frozen and intact, accessible to all as a stand-alone document, and will serve as the foundational lexicon for the expanded dictionary

V) Redesign Phase - October 2009

   * Wiki is archived and main website undergoes a redesign, implementing Drupal or comparable open source CMS with detailed editing functionality
   * Core contributor dictionary is migrated to new website
   * Begin screening volunteer contributors

VI) Open Writing Phase - November - December 2009

   * New Website launches Mid-October - November 1
   * Approved volunteer contributors begin identifying terms and authoring definitions, and commenting on existing definitions

The Dictionary is scheduled to be fully completed and published sometime in 2010 (TBA)

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Index of Terms and Definitions

Author Index To see a continually updated list of all Contributing Authors, their terms, and their professional bios, go to

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