Contribute to GIRAFFE

Who can contribute

As the GIRAFFE Network gets going, we would be very happy initially to hear from enthusiastic lecturers, researchers, PhD and MA students with or without any prior experience in generating learning and teaching material for the web within the field of Geography and Geographical Information Science.

Specifically, GIRAFFE encourages submissions from:

  • lecturers who would like to contribute to the wiki with material drawn from their lecture notes, Word documents, Powerpoint slides and any other resources
  • researchers who would like a space for publishing and promoting their research and/or teaching experience to support learning
  • PhD and MA students who would like to contribute to the wiki with their literature reviews, photographs and any other resource.

The wiki explained

A wiki is a website containing editable pages, where the users are also responsible for the construction and maintenance of the content. Wikipedia, one of the most visited websites in the world, is made of up millions of pages presented as encyclopaedic entries. By selecting and hyperlinkng some of the text contained in these entries with other entries, content is 'woven' by hand and the wiki as a resource grows.

For this reason, submissions to GIRAFFE should, as much as possible, consist of concise encyclopaedic paragraphs drawn from existing teaching/learning materials rather than a series of unedited lecture notes or presentation slides. We are asking that contributers in this early phase of development use the material submission form to deliver content for the wiki. This content will be harvested by the project's researcher, Rossana, to initially seed the wiki.

A word about copyright

As the GIRAFFE Network wiki will be an open access website, all resources included on the wiki must be copyright cleared. In other words, they should be distributed under a Creative Commons license. For example, if you submit a photograph, you must have the rights to distribute this photo if it isn't one you have taken yourself. Sites such as Flickr (make sure you search the correct CC area) and Wikimedia Commons offer copyright clear images.

It is very good practice today to ensure that all your teaching resources are created from Creative Commons material (or material you have produced yourself from scratch). It's a good habit to get into!

Further information on Creative Commons can be found on the OTTER project website.

Links for submission

If you are experiencing problems with the form, please email your material directly to Rossana at



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Beyond Distance Research Alliance
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Leicester, LE1 7LG
Tel:  +44 (0)116 252 3697
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