Category & Page Relationships
The relationships between categories and pages provide some structure for content in the Wiki, which will be useful as the Wiki matures with more content, or becomes a repository for additional research projects. The typical relationship between categories or categories and pages is a parent-child relationship, although in some instances a page or category will have multiple parents. A parent is a page or category with at least one child. A child is a page or category that includes the [[Category:something]] tag. Below is an explanation of the relationship between different levels of content.
- Group of categories (eg: Category:Internal strategies, Category:External strategies). These are top-level groupings, and for this project these categories have no parents. This level can be thought of as Parts of a report.
- Category - items at this second level have a parent (a level 1 group of categories) and at least two "children" outcome (eg: Operations planning)
- Outcome or result is a category that describes a desired outcome for which a transit agency would employ strategies. Content at this level has at least one parent and two children. While content at this level will usually take the form of a category, it can take the form of a page if the content for none of the children strategies is (or is anticipated to be) long enough to warrant its own strategy page.
- Strategy - a strategy usually takes the form of a page. This page includes:
- an introduction to the concept covered in the page that gives the intelligent but unfamiliar reader context
- an overview of the benefits and drawbacks involved with pursuing the strategy, including how the strategy can help an agency in pursuit of any desired parent outcome or result , but also any adverse effects the strategy may have on other strategies, aspects of transit service delivery, or stakeholders
- examples of the strategy in action
- further reading for those interested in learning more, including academic literature and case studies, with link to content or DOI/library page. Each item linked in further reading should include at a minimum of two sentences that inform the reader's decision to follow or not follow the link.
- Sub-page - When some content provided on a strategy page would be too narrowly-focused or detailed for the typical reader, this additional information should be linked in a sub-page. A sub-page differs from a strategy page in that it is not a strategy in-and-of itself (and therefore does not have a [[category:whatever]] tag, and it usually only linked by a parent page.
Page titles should describe strategies, measures, or concepts as clearly and accurately as possible please:
- use active voice
- use simple language
- avoid prepositions
- avoid redundancy when possible (eg: transit, bus, rail)
A presents information related to a strategy or measure. Each page should have:
- an introduction to the concept for the intelligent reader who may not be familiar with this specific concept (required),
- an overview of the benefits and drawbacks involved with pursuing the strategy, including how the strategy can help an agency in pursuit of any desired parent outcome or result, but also any adverse effects the strategy may have on other strategies, aspects of transit service delivery, or stakeholders (required)
- examples of agencies which have studied or employed the concept (preferred)
- at least one link to further reading (required)
The minimum length of a mature page should be 10 lines or longer. Any mature page not meeting these criteria is considered a "stub" and should be rolled up into its parent.
Always include a link and short abstract that helps the reader answer the question "should I follow this link?". A major feature of this wiki is that it can facilitate the identification of cost effective strategies that are appropriate to an agency, and connect agency staff with the additional information they need to explore and implement the strategy.
Standards for further reading and citations
Please cite authoritative sources such as studies, reports, and journal articles from reputable authors or organizations. For the most part, blog entries or news articles should be avoided. In some cases, an especially well-developed encyclopedia (Wikipedia) article can be offered for further reading with a proper introduction that is a well-done survey of a topic, but shouldn't be the sole source of research for a plan or strategy.
Citations, references, and links to further reading should take the form:
Author or Institution Name. "Publication Title." Year of Publication
References and footnotes
Occasionally you will want to cite statements made in pages. Any in-line citation should use the the following code to produce a footnote citing a specific source:
<ref>[http://linkurl.com/example Author or Institution Name. "Publication Title." Year of Publication.]</ref>
Alternatively, one can produce a text-only footnote by omitting the link code brackets
Produce a list of footnotes using the
<refrences /> tag at the bottom of the page under a </nowiki>== Notes == section. </nowiki>.