Getting Started Info for Reference Groups

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Welcome to the Emergency 2.0 Wiki Reference Group community and thank you for your leadership in helping to build resilient communities, empowered with the knowledge use social media to better prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.


Responsibilities (to be shared among the group):

The role of the Reference Groups is to lead the content development, management and promotion of key sections of the Wiki. Members are encouraged to focus on the activities below that they are comfortable with:

  • Adding content (eg from #SMEM content shared on Twitter, blog posts)
  • Adding resources/reference material (eg links to research reports, presentations, case studies, guidelines)
  • Peer reviewing content
  • Announcing when new content has been added (and calling for input if needed)
  • Moderating any discussions around content (including on LinkedIn Group and Twitter)
  • Adjudicating over editorial conflicts (we haven't had any yet!)
  • Promoting the Wiki to your networks


The Reference Group leader (nominated by the group) will be responsible for managing the table of contents for the section.

Group members

  • Please make contact with the members of your reference group Reference Groups.
  • Ideally each reference group will consist of a person from each of the key sectors (Emergency, government, community, health, business). You are encouraged to invite suitable people to apply to join the groups. Here's the link you can send them [1]

Connecting with others

  • As well as contributing to content for your group, you are also encouraged to connect with the Emergency 2.0 Wiki community eg:
  • Contributing to LinkedIn group discussions (eg posting content, liking or commenting on others content)
  • Joining the Twitter conversation. Follow #SMEM,#SMEMchat (Fridays 12pm US EDT), #MSGU, #Em2au, #smemau


  • Members will be recognised on the Reference Groups page, listing your name, professional role, and a link to your LinkedIn profile.
  • A special ‘contributors info’ panel on relevant Wiki pages lists contributing reference groups


  • You are encouraged to promote the Emergency 2.0 Wiki and your role and input to its creation via your own websites and blogs and other media.
  • You will also have the opportunity to ‘guest blog’ on the Wiki, just contact Eileen Culleton ( first to get your login.
  • If liaising with the media, please it clear that you are speaking about your role as a reference group member. Please also provide the media with the contact details for the media spokesperson, Emergency 2.0 Wiki CEO Eileen Culleton ( and also send an email so that we know to expect contact.


  • You are encouraged to present at conferences in your country, representing the Emergency 2.0 Wiki; we just need you to make contact with us first (
  • You are welcome to adapt presentations that we have already delivered. Checkout our Events Page on the Blog for a list of these and also our SlideShare Account.

Getting Started

  • Please view the User Participation Guidelines [2]before you get started.
  • From the main page [3] look for your reference group topic and click on it.
  • You will see on the top right corner of each page a box listing the reference group responsible for that page
  • Some Reference Groups (looking after a number of topics) will have their own section page
  • Review the existing content including the References and links to familiarise yourself with what's already there.
  • Checkout the Future Scenarios links (the vision of what we are aiming for) and;
  • Links to “Tips for the Public” and guidelines content “Establishing social media channels”, so you can see the content we already have that you can adapt for your section.

Promotion for new content of your section

  • Share the link to that section via Twitter, the Wiki LinkedIn Group and Google+ Page.

Tip: link to the page using a link shortener like and use #smem

Once again, thank you for your leadership in this ground breaking initiative to empower communities with the knowledge to use social media in emergencies.

If there is anything else we can do to assist, please contact us via

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