This website is part of the Digital Democracy Strand of the project, and during the coming months we will be building a content library that reflects the aims of the project with partners, volunteers, participants and supporters. We're starting off with the following content:
Hatpins to Hashtags Online Community: We're asking for each account to belong to an identifiable person rather than an organisation (so if multiple people from an organisation all want to participate, each should have their own account). The only information required is email address and user name, but we hope you'll upload an image for the Project Team and Supporters page. We're currently displaying the information entered in 'Name' under the image on this page. If you don't want your name to be displayed, you can copy your user name into this field. Each entry clicks through to a profile page. This will display additional information, including any information entered in 'Bio'. There's also an 'About Myself' field, which makes it possible to add further information that will only be seen by other logged in community members. There's a contact button on everyone's profile page that makes it possible for community members to contact one another direct (this isn't publicly visible) but it can be switched off if preferred. You can also ask for your profile to be hidden from the Project Team and Supporters page.
Organisations: As part of the project, we'd like to help promote organisations that are supporting the project and also those that are a useful resource for project participants. While most of the organisations will be local, we'll also be inviting global support communities to list information. Organisations can be uploaded by anyone with appropriate permissions (we're hoping they will mostly be uploaded by organisation members themselves) and we're currently working on further guidelines.
Projects: As with organisations, we'd like to help promote projects that are a useful resource for project participants. While most of the projects will be local, we'll also be inviting listings from appropriate national and global projects. Projects can be uploaded by anyone with appropriate permissions (we're hoping they will mostly be uploaded by organisation members themselves) and we're currently working on further guidelines.
Blogs: In the spirit of the project, we'd like to encourage and promote writing from women and non-binary people. This isn't a hard and fast rule, but we hope that participants who identify as male will understand and support this intention. Blog content should broadly reflect project values and, as content accumulates, we'll introduce appropriate categories to help make finding related content easier.
Online Software: We're planning on building a reference library of online software, with a difference. We won't be just listing software with technical descriptions, we'll be inviting women and non-binary people to write about their experiences with particular softwares - what they've used it for, what worked and what didn't. We're hoping that we'll be able to include more than one entry for each software, because what works for one person and in one situation isn't the same as what would work for another. As with blogs, we hope that participants who identify as male will understand and support our intention to limit who can publish entries in this section.
Other ideas: The list above isn't finished yet! We're open to all ideas an we're planning to add more categories as the project progresses. We're currently exploring the possibilities of interviewing women and non-binary people in tech, and writing about the histories of women in STEM.
If you'd like to join the Hatpins to Hashtags online community, please do get in touch and let us know what areas you'd like to participate in. We'll then send you details of how to join and a code. To help us maintain and inclusive and supportive environment, we'd really appreciate it if you could provide us with a way of knowing you are who you say you are - we know this is a difficult area, and we don't have any perfect solutions! - but we're hoping you will understand and support our intention. If you think there's a way we could handle this better, please do let us know.