How to Use this Site
For those who are visiting this site and interested in submitting
for one of the partnership grants on this project, we would like to suggest how
to best utilize the information here in order to understand the concepts behind civic
networking and to prepare a good application.
We realize we've suggested a lot of hours of research and 'browsing,' but
feel that the time spent here will help give a better understanding of
civic networking as it exists today and how it might be best applied in
- Perhaps the best advice is to join the CivNet Russia e-mail
listserver where the various people who are involved and interested in
this project will discuss their questions, comments and suggestions about
the project. We will very closely monitor the discussions and
will be adding frequently asked questions (and answers) to the Questions and Answers section under the Community Corner.
- Next, please read carefully the Invitation
for Partnership (IFP) to understand how this program will work and the
amount of funding available for each community networking project. While
this first introduction to the IFP will be helpful, it will be good to come
back and re-read the IFP after studying the material found on the civic
- It should prove helpful to read carefully the various sections under
"Project Description" to
understand the history of this project, the definition and concepts behind
civic networking, and more information about specific goals.
- To gain a deeper understanding of civic networking, it is next
suggested that you visit the sites listed under "General Information" (under
the section "Civic Networking Info"). These are good references and
in some cases, studies, of civic networking in North America, Scandinavia,
and in Europe. There are some excellent insights presented into civic
networking. Also, please visit the "International Civic
Network" page and learn more about some of the very strong civic
networking initiatives elsewhere in the world. These should yield good
ideas about what other communities are doing with civic networking.
- Although the "Precedents in
Russia" is not finished (as of August 5, 1997) there will be
information posted very soon about the historical precedents for community
networking in Russia. Recognizing that the local culture and environment
for community networking is different in different countries, we feel that
a good understanding of the historical roots of community and community
development in Russia will be important for developing civic networks in
- Finally, we feel that it may be helpful to learn more about
Internet development in Russia. By visiting the various sites listed under
"Russian Internet", you can learn more about telecommunication
infrastructure in Russian, Internet
service providers in Russia, and communities in Russia who are already
represented on the Internet.
Once again, the most important advice we can give is to join the CivNet Russia e-mail
listserver. We will also be scheduling interactive chat sessions,
which will be announced on the e-mail listserver, so that we can have some
interactive discussions and some question and answer sessions.