Human Systems

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Part of this wiki describes human systems. We organize ourselves into workgroups. These workgroups tap into shared resources to complete efforts, defined by a scope and schedule. Often we create documents to memorialize our efforts and teach others our knowledge, about different topics. Conservation work is often tied to place, which may be defined culturally, as well as by our ecosystem framework.

We start description of our human system with workgroup pages. As a workgroups work becomes more complicated it can sprawl into effort and resources pages, and may point to many documents. There are many features that can be used to make your workgroup page more sophisticated.

Create a new page to describe your corner of our human system.

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Workgroups define themselves. They are a group of people that share work toward a common goal. Workgroups may create a category using an acronym or abbreviation so they can easily tag pages (for example, using The Credit Box). An important type of workgroup are those that have jurisdiction over land under our laws.

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Efforts are what workgroups do to acheive their goals. It could be restoration, planning or research. Efforts relate to topics, and can generate documents, and may be specific to places.

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Resources include the various tools and technologies that workgroups can use in their efforts. Resources are 'free standing', and are freely available and don't require labor. A technical assistance service or funding program should be described as an effort.

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Documents are reports, articles or other pieces of writing. A document page may describe a file loaded on the wiki, or it might link to another on-line source (perhaps Google Scholar). You can cite document pages as you write.

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Topic pages are used to synthesize evidence and postulates about particular subject. A set of master topic pages have emerged to organize accumulations of information. Different authors may add statements and citations. The discussion tab may have additional talk about the strengths and weaknesses of topic page content.

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Our ecosystem model divides the landscape into units based on regional assessments. But people define place as they will at a variety of scales. Place pages describe the places surrounding or within our ecosystem site framework. Linking our wiki pages to spatial maps is the next step in our development.

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