Bhamwiki, part of a "Project to Document the Birmingham District", is an encyclopedic resource for anyone curious about Birmingham, Alabama and the surrounding region of North Alabama. Bhamwiki is based on the Wikipedia model and runs on MediaWiki software.
- Bhamwiki aims to be the foremost resource and guide for anyone curious about Birmingham and the region around it. The founders hope that by erecting a framework such as this, into which all manner of information can be added and interlinked, that we a body of work that with lasting and ever-growing value will be built. (For more, see Bhamwiki:Philosophy)
- The site's policies are based on those that have evolved at Wikipedia, with a little more tilt toward accountability, at the expense of rapid growth. (For more, see Bhamwiki:Policy).
- The model adopted for BhamWiki has both strengths and weaknesses. Though it constantly aims for a reliable publication, users should be aware of that Wiki-based projects are in a state of constant improvement (i.e. never complete) and that the process of editorial review is far different than would be expected of an authoritative work of reference. (For more, see Bhamwiki:General disclaimer).
- Bhamwiki, like Wikipedia, relies on good will. All contributions are made by volunteers. There is no business model behind this project. The site's contents are made available, for free, for any purpose, so long as the source is attributed and the same license is granted to all derivative works. (For more, see Bhamwiki:Copyrights)
Bhamwiki was launched on March 15, 2006. The first article was an early version of a "List of interstate accidents involving dropped steel loads".
Bhamwiki's current logo was adopted on June 13, 2008. The lower part is a partial geologic "structure section" of Red Mountain, taken from the U. S. Geological Survey's Geologic Map of Alabama (1926)
Currently there are approximately 11,914 entries on a wide variety of subjects (from "Aaatix" to "Zyp") and more than 5,401 illustrations. See Special:Statistics for current data.
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