What makes a ‘Transition Project’ for the purposes of the Project Sharing Engine project? There was a fair amount of talk about it at the webmasters group meeting in London in November, and we’ve been discussing it ever since as we moved to the first design phase.
It’s not very straightforward as there are no clear boundaries in or out of Transition and the projects associated to it. As well as that, when we open the widget up for use on a wide array of websites, we need to be pragmatic and inclusive at the same time – so not excluding projects that aren’t pure ‘Transition’ projects, but establishing some method of identifying them.
How about this?
Definition: what is a project for the Transition Project Sharing Engine project?
Any project can be added to the Transition Network Projects Sharing Engine via widgets on participating websites.
Participating websites have to be registered as Initiative Websites on the Transition Network Initiatives Directory. But anyone can add a project through these widgets. And not all of those projects will be strictly ‘Transition Projects’, nor is it clear what a ‘Transition project’ is.
Therefore the person submitting their project information via a widget on an initiative website will be asked to identify whether the project is directly related to that Transition Initiative or not, with a simple check box. This will set a ‘flag’ on the project item they add, and those that are specifically related to Transition Initiatives will be identified as ‘Transition Projects’, those that are not will be seen as ‘Other’. This flag can be reset by the submitter, initiative webmaster, or Transition administrator at a later date.