MSF Jonathon Polonsky, 2014

The Encyclopedia project will become a living co-creation tool for all those concerned by humanitarian action, to reflect on humanitarian concepts and practices, share perspectives and access resources. The design of the platform will be a collaborative process in itself.

Quite unlike a static Encyclopedia, the project will become a living knowledge co-creation and crowdsourcing tool for all those concerned by humanitarian action to reflect on humanitarian concepts and practice, share perspectives and access resources.

Therefore, the platform must serve not only as an open-access core resource. It must also be designed to be an instrument of sustained co-creation. The platform will provide access to a variety of resources, as well as a space for practitioners to connect, share experiences and gain new insights to help advance their work and adopt best practices. The active engagement of humanitarian actors, including on the ground in various regions and contexts, will help design these tools and sustain the development, combining crowdsourcing with quality assurance processes.

Last, but not least, long term value will be secured with innovation in tools and platform design to meet the interests of the digital generation. The technology gap is diminishing with social and multimedia tools becoming more and more essential.

The project aims for a variety of products to be made available online on the open-access platform and, as appropriate, be disseminated in partnership with other groups.