Thursday, May 29, 2014

Lives of the First Word War - Creating a Community

Just a short post today, I've decided my plan for adding the men from the St James Memorial to Lives of the First World War is to create a community and see how many of the men are 'seeded' already.

A community is pretty much what you'd expect from the title: a group of people who are connected in some way.

Creating a community is simple, on your dashboard click on the 'communities' link, then scroll down to 'add a community' you don't have to justify why you are grouping these people, just give your community a name, a brief description and if you represent an organisation connected to this community you can give details. I of course called this community St James, Toxteth, War Memorial and my organisation as the St James War Memorial Project.

To add a person to the community you first locate them in the bank of names already in the database, then when you have their profile open you have the option 'add to community' by their name. Select the community you wish to add them to (from your own managed communities only) and that's it. 

I've added 30 names to the community so far but there have been a few that haven't been in the database. Some of them will be added by the IWM in time - this is a long term project! but others will not be on their lists at all - I am thinking of Ernest C Benn who's death was not due to enemy action so he isn't on the CWGC and in the 'deaths at sea' register his death was recorded under his brother's name. There is no official record of him dying in WW1. I believe that at a later stage in the project I will be able to put forward a case for including him. 

Thanks for reading! 

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