We want a fresh, clean, professional web2.0-ish logo for the History Commons, a website that provides an open space for members of the public to collaborate on the documentation of history and the oversight of governments and powerful private interests.
Brief summary of how website works:
Contributors write summaries of historical events which are published as entries in a timeline. "event-summaries" can be included in any number of timelines, which are often compiled for the purpose of investigating an issue or scandal. Our HistoryCommons database is in effect a library of event-summaries that anyone can use for any purpose, and which any one can modify (like a Wiki)
In addition to contributors, there are also researchers-journalists, authors, congress people, etc, who search through the database to find obscure documented information.
What we are looking for:
The winning design will convey the the core concepts of the History Commons project, some of which are listed below. A more in-depth discussion of our core objectives is described here:
So here's a summary of concepts:
- That a historical narrative written by the public can be more complete, and therefore accurate, than a history written by the narrow interests of Western governments and the corporate media.
- That a large community of historians, participatory journalists, and other concerned members of the public working together in a collaborative fashion can report on events and document history at a level of competency and thoroughness that rivals the efforts of the corporate media.
- That a *common* repository of historical data that is produced and consumed by the public is a valuable public asset that facilitates democratic action.
- That public ownership of the means of documenting history and distributing information about current events is fundamental to democracy.