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About this website

 

Aim

SouthSudanCivics.info (SSCinfo) aims to promote basic rights and well-being for all in South Sudan, by making social and political information more conveniently accessible to citizens, students and officials. This is intended to increase the transparency of institutions and processes, and help people engage with them better.

 

Approach

SSCinfo does not seek to be an original source of news, field research or socio-political argument. Rather it assembles and organizes relevant information from texts and other works that have already been published. Care is taken to cite sources – hyperlinked where possible – so that readers can evaluate the purported facts relayed here, and follow up ideas in more detail.

Although SSCinfo is not primarily a forum for debate, user participation is welcomed. This will help us minimize dependence on charitable funding (and avoid having to charge for access to the site, or take advertising). We also believe that we learn best when the learning process is active and inter-active. Users sympathetic with the aim and approach of SSCinfo are therefore encouraged to contribute by sharing information in various forms, and helping identify gaps and inaccuracies.

SSCinfo might be seen as a kind of Wikipedia for social studies in South Sudan. But it imposes more structure in the handling of its information. Its two main structural features are:

  • the use of a particular repertoire of content types (articles, bibliography items, snippets, statistics etc)
  • the searching and cross-referencing of these using a system of topic tagging. (You can explore the topic tag tree by clicking this link, or through the 'Topic branches' menu on the left, which leads you to actual content.

This opens many possibilities for making connections between information from disparate sources.

Another difference from Wikipedia is that all content on SSCinfo is screened by a staff editor before publication. This makes it easier to maintain quality on a relatively small site, and to uphold an ethos in line with the site's aim. To avoid making an unmanageable workload for editors, site users are not normally given direct power to micro-edit site content; their contributions have to be delivered in formal chunks. This also allows them to be credited for their work.

 

History

Work began on building the website in December 2012. It was opened to the public on 24 September 2013.

 

Who we are

SSCinfo is an initiative of Dr Michael Medley. At present he is the site's owner and carries out all its core functions: editor, main writer, web-designer and administrator. For more on his personal background, see his contributor page.

At present, also, the site has no financial backing. For the short-to-medium term Michael is looking for charitable donors. Such donors will support the existing aim and approach of the site. All donations will be declared on the site, along with an account of how the money is used.

The contributors of text and pictures for the site are listed in (as you might guess) our list of contributors. Anyone with a valid e-mail account can register as a user of the site, and submit items for possible publication. The submitted material is screened by an editor, and if necessary amended by agreement with the contributor before publication. The names and other details of contributors are provided by the contributors themselves, and in most cases are not specially verified. Readers who want to identify a contributor name here with anyone in another context must try to make their own checks.

 

Copying and citing

The contributors of text or images to this website individually declare that they own copyright of the material which they have contributed, or otherwise have a right to forward it for publication. Copyright remains with the authors. However, in submitting work to SouthSudanCivics.info, a contributor gives permission for it to be published here under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Roughly speaking, this means that site visitors may copy and distribute any page of the site in its entirety (including credits and license notice), so long as they do not modify it or exploit it commercially.

The license allows users to quote short excerpts of text, but only if it is not misrepresented (by misquotation or misleading context), and only if it credits the author(s) who are credited here, and mentions the publication: SouthSudanCivics.info.

 

Contact

Email: editor@SouthSudanCivics.info

 

Privacy policy

SouthSudanCivics.info does not collect or store any personally identifiable information from casual (unregistered) users of the website.

SouthSudanCivics.info collects and stores email addresses given by people who register as users of the site. This is only for communications from the site and its editors on site business. No user's email address is revealed publicly or passed to third parties without that user's express permission.

Each user's email address is linked to a username, which the user chooses and which may or may not correspond with the name(s) they use in other contexts. The username may appear as a credit for any text or image submitted by the user. In effect, a registered user can choose whether or not their pubished contributions are likely to be associated with their persona in the outside world.

 

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