There are 3 main stages to an Appropedia volunteer role, of increasing complexity and responsibility.

Stage 1[edit source]

A simple project of around 4 hours work. To be completed within 2 weeks.

  • For most volunteers, this will mean creating or improving a page on Appropedia. (Or you may prefer to create more than one stub article, or improve more than one existing article.)
  • For [[tech volunteers, it can be researching a particular function or extension for Appropedia - choose one of the mid to high priorities in our workstream, and report on how to implement it.
  • For a law/IP volunteer, this may mean a report on particular organization or body of work, identifying suitable material which can be legally used in Appropedia.

Stage 2[edit source]

Stage 2 involves around 4 hrs/wk for 4 weeks (or 8 hrs/wk for 2 weeks, on the accelerated program).

Week 1 of Stage 2: follow the same guidelines as Stage 1 (e.g. create another article, or research another tech request).

Week 2-4 of Stage 2, as follows:

For content volunteers,

  • Creating or improving a set of pages on Appropedia. It's usually a good idea to stick to one topic area - but if you want to be exposed to a range of topics, discuss this with us.
  • Porting public domain or open licensed content to Appropedia.
  • If entering the documentation volunteer program, communicate with local organizations and arrange to work with two or three, documenting their work and programs.
  • If entering the travel internship program, arrange your trip (which might mean fundraising). Talk to your mentor and arrange with local before finalizing plans.

For communications volunteers,

  • Creating articles on prominent topics.
  • Working on processes to keep track of topics that people are looking for.
  • Identifying good pages on Appropedia, adding them to our social bookmarking, preparing a tweet for each article and sharing on Facebook.

For tech volunteer:

  • Installing/implementing extensions or settings or other functionality on our dev site.

For a law/IP volunteer,

  • Communicating with copyright owners with good information who we think would be willing to share that information on Appropedia
  • Refining the Public Domain Search.

Stage 3[edit source]

Stage 3 involves around 4 hrs/wk for 14 weeks (or 8 hours per week for 7 weeks on the accelerated program).

This will extend the work of stage 2. The details of Stage 3 will be worked out between you and your mentor(s), taking into account your interests.