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== News releases == == News releases ==
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 +*'''[[Press release: Debatepedia breaks-down "don't ask don't tell" for National Debate Series]]''' - November 3rd, 2009.
 +*'''[[Press release: Debatepedia hosts pro/con articles for the National Debate Series: Boston]]''' - September 20, 2009.
 +*'''[[Press release: Debatepedia completes pro/con resource on public health insurance option]]''' - September 7, 2009.
 +*'''[[Press release: Debatepedia awarded $30k grant from Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation]]''' - August 11, 2009.
 +*'''[[Press release: Debatepedia completes article on going to the Moon vs. Mars]]''' - August 6, 2009.
 +*'''[[Debatepedia completes definitive article on labeling genetically modified foods| Press release: Debatepedia completes definitive article on labeling genetically modified foods]]''' - August 2, 2009.
 +*'''[[Press release: Debatepedia creates definitive pro/con article on the Filibuster]]''' - July 23, 2009.
 +*'''[[Press release: Debatepedia posts definitive pro/con article on Needle exchanges]]''' - July 14, 2009.
 +*'''[[Press release: Debatepedia completes definitive pro/con article on Holocaust denial ban]]''' - July 13, 2009.
 +*'''[[Press release: Debatepedia makes site fully categorized, searchable, usable]]''' - June 30th, 2009.
 +*'''[[Press release: Debatepedia completes robust pro/con guide on US joining the ICC]]''' - June 30th, 2009.
 +*'''[[Press release: Debatepedia launches robust community-building initiative]]''' - June 10th, 2009.
 +*'''[[Press release: Debatepedia documents all pros and cons of merit pay for teachers]]''' - May 19th, 2009.
 +*'''[[Press release: Debatepedia outlines pros and cons of government bailout of journalism]]''' - May 4th, 2009.
 +*'''[[Press release: Debatepedia compiles all the pros and cons of enhanced interrogations]]''' - April 29th, 2009.
 +*'''[[Press release: Debatepedia completes world’s best pro/con earmarks resource]]''' - March 30th, 2009.
 +*'''[[Press release: Debatepedia concludes promotional effort at South By South West]]''' - March 26, 2009.
 +*'''[[Press release: Debatepedia Unites Leaders of Online Public Debate at Politics Online 2009]]''' - March 23, 2008.
 +*'''[[Press release: Debatepedia works with The People Speak on climate change debate]]''' - March, 12, 2009.
 +*'''[[Press release: Debatepedia outlines all the pros and cons of 2009 US stimulus]]''' - February 12, 2009.
 +*'''[[Press release: Debatepedia completes world’s most thorough pro/con article on Guantanamo]]''' - January 24th, 2009.
*'''[[Debatepedia partners with UN Foundation on Global Warming Debates Series| Press release - October 2nd, 2008]]''' - Debatepedia partners with UN Foundation on Global Warming Debates Series. *'''[[Debatepedia partners with UN Foundation on Global Warming Debates Series| Press release - October 2nd, 2008]]''' - Debatepedia partners with UN Foundation on Global Warming Debates Series.
*'''[[Debatepedia wins grant from Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation| Press release - August 17th, 2008]]''' - Debatepedia wins grant from Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. *'''[[Debatepedia wins grant from Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation| Press release - August 17th, 2008]]''' - Debatepedia wins grant from Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.
*'''[[Press release - June 9th, 2008]]''' - As general elections heat-up, Debatepedia.org unveils a definitive pro/con article on "Withdrawing from Iraq". *'''[[Press release - June 9th, 2008]]''' - As general elections heat-up, Debatepedia.org unveils a definitive pro/con article on "Withdrawing from Iraq".
*'''[http://wiki.idebate.org/images/f/f2/Debatepedia_10-12-07.pdf Press release - October 12th, 2007]''' - NEW YORK, NY: The International Debate Education Association Launches Debatepedia. *'''[http://wiki.idebate.org/images/f/f2/Debatepedia_10-12-07.pdf Press release - October 12th, 2007]''' - NEW YORK, NY: The International Debate Education Association Launches Debatepedia.
 +== Upcoming press releases ==
-== Testimonials and articles about Debatepedia ==+*[[Press release: Debatepedia creates pro/con article on colonization of the Moon]]
-*[http://www.nationalpost.com/life/footprint/story.html?id=882970 October 15, 2008. Vanessa Farquharson. "Bawk! I came first, not the egg!". National Post]+*[[Press release: Debatepedia completes Mars and Moon space exploration debates]]
-*[http://www.celsias.com/article/un-foundation-global-warming-debate-series-debatep/ October 13th, 2008. "UN Foundation Global Warming Debate Series on Debatepedia". Article on Celsias, an energy and environment media company.] +== Articles and blog posts about Debatepedia ==
-*[http://www.kuow.org/program.php?id=15929 September 29th, 2008. Debatepedia founder Brooks Lindsay interviewed on KUOW/NPR radio] +*[http://teachinghistory.org/teaching-materials/ask-a-master-teacher/24471 Ben Bohmfalk. "Web Resources for Controversial Issues" Teaching History.org. February 1, 2011]
-*[http://www.blogtalkradio.com/stations/bc/btrtoday/2008/09/09/BLOGTALKRADIO-Today- 9 Sept. 2008. Debatepedia founder interviewed on Blog Talk Radio]+*[http://web.spotcoolstuff.com/civil-public-conversation/debatepedia/ December 23rd, 2011. "Debatepedia: The Cool Website of Pros and Cons" Spot Cool Stuff]
-*[http://jennylu.wordpress.com/2008/07/10/debatepedia-a-resource-worth-looking-at/ July 10, 2008. "Debatepedia - a resource worth looking at." Lucacept]+*[http://www.nationalpost.com/life/footprint/story.html?id=882970 October 15th, 2008. Vanessa Farquharson. "Bawk! I came first, not the egg!". National Post]
 +*[http://www.celsias.com/article/un-foundation-global-warming-debate-series-debatep/ October 13th, 2008. "UN Foundation Global Warming Debate Series on Debatepedia". Article on Celsias, an energy and environment media company.]
 +*[http://blogs.asaecenter.org/Acronym/2008/10/the_great_debate_soundingoffwh.html October 2nd, 2008. "The Great Debate: Sounding-Off-While-Making-Sense Tool". Acronym]
 +*[http://www.kuow.org/program.php?id=15929 September 29th, 2008. Debatepedia founder Brooks Lindsay interviewed on KUOW/NPR radio]
 +*[http://www.blogtalkradio.com/stations/bc/btrtoday/2008/09/09/BLOGTALKRADIO-Today- September 9th, 2008. Debatepedia founder interviewed on Blog Talk Radio]
 +*[http://blogs.learnnc.org/instructify/2008/08/06/debatepedia-debate-forensics-speech/ August 6th, 2008. "The art of the argument: Debatepedia". Instructify]
 +*[http://jennylu.wordpress.com/2008/07/10/debatepedia-a-resource-worth-looking-at/ July 10th, 2008. "Debatepedia - a resource worth looking at." Lucacept]
 +*[http://nmckeand.wordpress.com/2008/07/10/debatepedia/ July 10th, 2008. "Debatepedia". Random Thoughts]
*[http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Wikinews_interviews_Brooks_Lindsay,_founder_of_Debatepedia April 8th, 2008. "Wikinews interviews Brooks Lindsay, founder of Debatepedia". Wiki News.] *[http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Wikinews_interviews_Brooks_Lindsay,_founder_of_Debatepedia April 8th, 2008. "Wikinews interviews Brooks Lindsay, founder of Debatepedia". Wiki News.]
*[http://interviews.liveinterviewsonline.com/content/interview/detail/935/ April 3rd, 2008. "Interview with Brooks Lindsay on Debatepedia: Where it is, where it is going, and what it all means". Live Interviews Online.] *[http://interviews.liveinterviewsonline.com/content/interview/detail/935/ April 3rd, 2008. "Interview with Brooks Lindsay on Debatepedia: Where it is, where it is going, and what it all means". Live Interviews Online.]
 +*[http://opinionsystems.wordpress.com/2008/03/13/debatepedia/ March 13, 2008. "Debatepedia". Opinion Systems]
 +*[http://wiki.idebate.org/index.php?title=Debatepedia:Media_Kit&action=edit&section=2 February 13th, 2008. "The two-column approach to resolving life’s biggest questions". We Media Miami 2008]
 +*[http://www.toeflblog.com/2007/12/15/debatepedia/ December 15th, 2007. Debatepedia. TOEFL.]
 +*[http://opendotdotdot.blogspot.com/2007/11/is-debatepedia-good-idea-well-yes-and.html November 27th, 2007. "Is Debatepedia a good idea? Well, Yes and No". Open...]
 +*[http://locus.cwrl.utexas.edu/jbrown/taxonomy/term/91 November 19, 2007. "Debatepedia". Clinamen blog]
*[http://ifocos.org/2007/10/31/debatepedia-is-a-wiki-alternative-with-a-point-of-view/ October 31st, 2007. Andrew Nachison. "Debatepedia is a wiki alternative with a point of view". Ifocos] *[http://ifocos.org/2007/10/31/debatepedia-is-a-wiki-alternative-with-a-point-of-view/ October 31st, 2007. Andrew Nachison. "Debatepedia is a wiki alternative with a point of view". Ifocos]
*[http://nedbatchelder.com/blog/200710/debatepedia.html October 27th, 2007. Ned Batchelder. "Debatepedia". Blog.] *[http://nedbatchelder.com/blog/200710/debatepedia.html October 27th, 2007. Ned Batchelder. "Debatepedia". Blog.]
-*[http://elgg.net/samr/weblog/152607.html October 2nd, 2007. Sam Rose, Information Technology and Services Consultant and Contractor. "Beyond the wiki consensus: Debatepedia".]+*[http://www.everythingismiscellaneous.com/2007/10/23/debatepedia-launches/ October 23rd, 2007. "Debatepedia launches". Everything is Miscellaneous]
 +*[http://eduspaces.net/samr/weblog/152607.html October 2nd, 2007. Sam Rose, Information Technology and Services Consultant and Contractor. "Beyond the wiki consensus: Debatepedia".]
 +*[http://sphereless.blogspot.com/2007/09/debatepedia-mapping-rational-argument.html September 28, 2007. "Debatepedia: Mapping the Rational Argument". Sphereless]
 +*[http://schol.wordpress.com/2008/07/10/debatepedia/ July 10th, 2007. "Debatepedia". scholarship@kkc]
 +*[http://newassignment.net/tags/debatepedia June 29, 2007. "debatepedia: Rise of the Amateur, The Debate Continues". New Assignment]
*[http://www.personaldemocracy.com/blog/entry/1645/daily_digest_the_politics_of_double_speak_and_video_follow_ups May 11th, 2007. Joshua Levy. Personal Democracy Forum.] *[http://www.personaldemocracy.com/blog/entry/1645/daily_digest_the_politics_of_double_speak_and_video_follow_ups May 11th, 2007. Joshua Levy. Personal Democracy Forum.]
*[http://www.egovblog.com/2007/02/22/debatepedia-a-wiki-encyclopedia-for-public-debate/ February 22nd, 2007. "Debatepedia, a wiki encyclopedia for public debate". EGove Blog] *[http://www.egovblog.com/2007/02/22/debatepedia-a-wiki-encyclopedia-for-public-debate/ February 22nd, 2007. "Debatepedia, a wiki encyclopedia for public debate". EGove Blog]
*[http://www.dowire.org/notes/?p=334 February 21st, 2007. Stephen Clift, Founder of Do Wire. "Project - Debatepedia.Org". DoWire.] *[http://www.dowire.org/notes/?p=334 February 21st, 2007. Stephen Clift, Founder of Do Wire. "Project - Debatepedia.Org". DoWire.]
 +*[http://blog.pfdebate.com/2007/02/14/debatepedia/ February 14, 2007. "Debatepedia". PFDebate Blog]
*[http://www.hyperorg.com/blogger/mtarchive/debatepedia_for_when_neutralit.html February 13th, 2007. David Weinberger, Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, "Debatepedia for when neutrality is premature". Joho Blog.] *[http://www.hyperorg.com/blogger/mtarchive/debatepedia_for_when_neutralit.html February 13th, 2007. David Weinberger, Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, "Debatepedia for when neutrality is premature". Joho Blog.]
-==Contents==+*[http://blog.p2pfoundation.net/beyond-the-wiki-consensus-debatepedia/2007/02/10 February 10th, 2007. "Beyond the wiki consensus: Debatepedia". Michel Bauwens]
-*[[#Debatepedia|About Debatepadia]]+*[http://rossnotes.com/2007/01/19/a-few-minutes-with-debatepedia/ January 19th, 2007. "a few minutes with Debatepedia". Ross Notes]
-*[[#Developmental History|History of Debatepedia]]+== Summary of Debatepedia ==
-*[[#Developmental History|Debatepedia news]]+
-*[[#Testimonials and articles about Debatepedia|Testimonials]]+
-*[[#Brief Bios Of the Developers|Biographies]]+
-*[[#Contact Debatepedia|Contact us]] +
-*[[#IDEA Resources|IDEA Resources]] +
-*[[#Images|Images]] +
-==IDEA launches Debatepedia.org on October 12th, 2007==+
-*See [[Debatepedia:Press release]] +
- +
-== Debatepedia ==+
[[IDEA]]'s Debatepedia is the new online encyclopedia of debate, [[argumentation]], and critical analysis. Developed by an international team of researchers and educators, Debatepedia serves as a handy resource for knowledge-seekers on the net. Using Wikipedia software, and like Wikipedia[http://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page], Debatepedia allows for contributors around the world to comment on, enhance, and even create their own articles. Unlike Wikipedia, Debatepedia utilizes a unique logic tree, which, most notably, presents both the [[pros and cons]] of an issue in a simultaneous fashion. So, if you are worried about researching articles that are slanted one way or the other, Debatepedia makes it clear, by presenting two opposing sides of provocative and engaging issues. Along with its appealing affirmative/negative presentation of public debates, Debatepedia also serves as a more traditional encyclopedia, with educational articles on debate/argumentation, and informational articles on a variety of related topics. Finally, as an international resource, Debatepedia is also a place where schools, clubs, communities, and countries can post information about themselves, with links to their own websites. Overall, Debatepedia is an important and multi-functional resource for debaters, debate educators, or just about anyone who enjoys a good [[argument]]. Most importantly, with its wiki-technology and its democratic vision, Debatepedia allows and encourages you to get in on the [[debate]]. Debatepedia is transparency, technology, and [[democracy]] at its best, working to serve and to include you. [[IDEA]]'s Debatepedia is the new online encyclopedia of debate, [[argumentation]], and critical analysis. Developed by an international team of researchers and educators, Debatepedia serves as a handy resource for knowledge-seekers on the net. Using Wikipedia software, and like Wikipedia[http://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page], Debatepedia allows for contributors around the world to comment on, enhance, and even create their own articles. Unlike Wikipedia, Debatepedia utilizes a unique logic tree, which, most notably, presents both the [[pros and cons]] of an issue in a simultaneous fashion. So, if you are worried about researching articles that are slanted one way or the other, Debatepedia makes it clear, by presenting two opposing sides of provocative and engaging issues. Along with its appealing affirmative/negative presentation of public debates, Debatepedia also serves as a more traditional encyclopedia, with educational articles on debate/argumentation, and informational articles on a variety of related topics. Finally, as an international resource, Debatepedia is also a place where schools, clubs, communities, and countries can post information about themselves, with links to their own websites. Overall, Debatepedia is an important and multi-functional resource for debaters, debate educators, or just about anyone who enjoys a good [[argument]]. Most importantly, with its wiki-technology and its democratic vision, Debatepedia allows and encourages you to get in on the [[debate]]. Debatepedia is transparency, technology, and [[democracy]] at its best, working to serve and to include you.
-== Developmental History ==+== Developmental history ==
Certainly, debate is not new, in fact, neither is presenting two sides of an issue. But, in this media saturated world, oddly enough, two sides of an issue presented with reasoned, researched, and respectable arguments on either side is a rarity. Unfortunately, many of the most accessible sources of information (television news, radio, and so on) do not have the time to present meaningful debates; rather, due to competition and other reasons, they opt for sound-bites and spectacle, instead of reason and logic. Certainly, debate is not new, in fact, neither is presenting two sides of an issue. But, in this media saturated world, oddly enough, two sides of an issue presented with reasoned, researched, and respectable arguments on either side is a rarity. Unfortunately, many of the most accessible sources of information (television news, radio, and so on) do not have the time to present meaningful debates; rather, due to competition and other reasons, they opt for sound-bites and spectacle, instead of reason and logic.
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By the summer of 2007, however, Brooks Lindsay and Noel Selegzi decided to merge their projects, resulting in IDEA's new Debatepedia, a Pro/Con wiki, with educational articles, and organizational profiles, making it a complete online reference site for debate and argumentation. By the summer of 2007, however, Brooks Lindsay and Noel Selegzi decided to merge their projects, resulting in IDEA's new Debatepedia, a Pro/Con wiki, with educational articles, and organizational profiles, making it a complete online reference site for debate and argumentation.
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== Brief Bios Of the Developers == == Brief Bios Of the Developers ==
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*[[User:Brooks Lindsay| Brooks Lindsay]]: Founder of Debatepedia and chief editor. Brooks lives in Logan Circle in Washington, DC, and works full-time on the development of Debatepedia. He graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in 2006, earning a bachelor's degree in International Politics, with a specialization in US Foreign Policy Processes. Brooks Lindsay was born in Seattle, Washington in 1983. *[[User:Brooks Lindsay| Brooks Lindsay]]: Founder of Debatepedia and chief editor. Brooks lives in Logan Circle in Washington, DC, and works full-time on the development of Debatepedia. He graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in 2006, earning a bachelor's degree in International Politics, with a specialization in US Foreign Policy Processes. Brooks Lindsay was born in Seattle, Washington in 1983.
-*[[User:Noel Selegzi| Noel Selegzi]]: President of IDEA. Mr. Selegzi founded the IDEA wiki in February of 2007, and initiated the dialogue that led to the merging of the original Debatepedia and Debatepedia team with the International Debate Education Association. He is a central figure in the big-thinking surrounding Debatepedia, and its marketing and fund raising components. He has also been a Program Director at the Open Society Institute since 1997. +*Noel Selegzi. President of IDEA. Mr. Selegzi founded the IDEA wiki in February of 2007, and initiated the dialogue that led to the merging of the original Debatepedia and Debatepedia team with the International Debate Education Association. He is a central figure in the big-thinking surrounding Debatepedia, and its marketing and fund raising components. He has also been a Program Director at the Open Society Institute since 1997.
*[[User:William Wnekowicz| William Wnekowicz]]: Co-Founder of Debatepedia and information technology specialist. William is currently studying Management, Operations and Information Management and Finance at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. William Wnekowicz was born in New Jersey in 1986. *[[User:William Wnekowicz| William Wnekowicz]]: Co-Founder of Debatepedia and information technology specialist. William is currently studying Management, Operations and Information Management and Finance at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. William Wnekowicz was born in New Jersey in 1986.
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-*[[User:Dalbir Sehmby| Dalbir Sehmby]]: Content/article developer and editor. Originally from Canada, Dalbir currently lives in Kaunas, Lithuania. He is an IDEA[http://www.idebate.org] Consultant for the The People Speak[http://www.thepeoplespeak.org], an initiative from the United Nations Foundation (UNF)[http://www.unfoundation.org/]. He is also currently serving as the Head of Curriculum for the Mazas Pasaulis Language and Communication Center, where he teaches English. A graduate of the University of Alberta's[http://www.ualberta.ca/] Office of Interdisciplinary Studies, Dalbir completed his doctorate in Film/Media Studies and Comparative Literature under the co-supervision of Prof. E.D. Blodgett and Prof. Jonathan Hart.  
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-*Marjan Stojnev: Marjan has been called the "IDEA Tech Genius". He was fundamental in scripting the migration of disparate pieces of information into the coherent, current Debatepedia.  
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-*Hernan Bonomo: Hernan is the designer for the International Debate Education Association, and is responsible for having crafted all of the branding elements of the IDEA website. He has worked on Debatepedia to help coordinate its branding with the broader IDEA image. 
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-*Clayton Keir: Clay is an editor on Debatepedia. Clayton graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service with a bachelor's degree in International Politics, with a specialization in Security Studies. Clayton was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1985, and was the 2003 Debate Champion of the state. Clayton was also a debate instructor at the National Debate Forum summer institute in Boston, Massachussets.  
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-*Britt Blaser: Britt is the Founder of Open Resource Group and Independence Year. He is a technologist and adviser to Debatepedia.  
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-*Arminda Lathrop: 
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-*Rachel Aicher: 
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-*Melissa Hagemann: 
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==Contact Debatepedia== ==Contact Debatepedia==
-Press Contact: Brooks Lindsay Founder and chief editor of Debatepedia, President of Debatemedia, Inc. (Phone) (+1)206-406-7558, (Email) brooks@debatepedia.org. Based in Washington, DC.+Press Contact: Brooks Lindsay Founder and chief editor of Debatepedia, President of Debatemedia, Inc. (Phone) (+1)206-406-7558, (Email) brooks[at]debatepedia[dot]org. Based in Washington, DC.
 +==Images==
-==Images== 
<gallery> <gallery>
Image:Idea logo.jpg Image:Idea logo.jpg
</gallery> </gallery>
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-== IDEA Resources == 
-*IDEA[http://www.idebate.org]] 
-*IDEA's Debatabase[http://www.idebate.org/debatabase/index.php] 
-*IDEA Portal[http://www.idebate.org/portal/index.php] 
-*Teaching Tools[http://www.idebate.org/teaching/index.php] 
-*idebate magazine[http://www.idebate.org/resources/publications/idebate_magazine.php] 
-*Controversia[http://www.idebate.org/resources/publications/controversia.php] 
-*iDebate Press[http://www.idebate.org/resources/publications/idea_press.php] 
-*Donations[http://www.idebate.org/donate.php] 
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-== See Also == 
-*[[Being critical versus critical thinking]] 
-*[[Core elements of debate]] 
-*[[Discovering the World through Debate]] 
-*[[Educational debate]] 
-*[[Logical fallacy]] 
-*[[Principle of charity]] 
-*[[Standard of evaluation]] 
-*[[Structure of an argument]] 
-*[[Terminology]] 
-*[[The principle of cooperation]] 
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-==Other About pages:== 
-*[[Debatepedia:About]] 
-*[[Debatepedia:Editing Policies]] 
-*[[Debatepedia:Citation]] 
-*[[Debatepedia:Feature article]] 
-*[[Debatepedia:Guide to Editing]] 
-*[[Debatepedia:Help Desk]] 
-*[[Debatepedia:Language Handbook]] 
-*[[Debatepedia:Media Kit]] 
-*[[Debatepedia:Mission]] 
-*[[Debatepedia:Navigation and Browsing]] 
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News releases

Upcoming press releases

Articles and blog posts about Debatepedia

Summary of Debatepedia

IDEA's Debatepedia is the new online encyclopedia of debate, argumentation, and critical analysis. Developed by an international team of researchers and educators, Debatepedia serves as a handy resource for knowledge-seekers on the net. Using Wikipedia software, and like Wikipedia[1], Debatepedia allows for contributors around the world to comment on, enhance, and even create their own articles. Unlike Wikipedia, Debatepedia utilizes a unique logic tree, which, most notably, presents both the pros and cons of an issue in a simultaneous fashion. So, if you are worried about researching articles that are slanted one way or the other, Debatepedia makes it clear, by presenting two opposing sides of provocative and engaging issues. Along with its appealing affirmative/negative presentation of public debates, Debatepedia also serves as a more traditional encyclopedia, with educational articles on debate/argumentation, and informational articles on a variety of related topics. Finally, as an international resource, Debatepedia is also a place where schools, clubs, communities, and countries can post information about themselves, with links to their own websites. Overall, Debatepedia is an important and multi-functional resource for debaters, debate educators, or just about anyone who enjoys a good argument. Most importantly, with its wiki-technology and its democratic vision, Debatepedia allows and encourages you to get in on the debate. Debatepedia is transparency, technology, and democracy at its best, working to serve and to include you.

Developmental history

Certainly, debate is not new, in fact, neither is presenting two sides of an issue. But, in this media saturated world, oddly enough, two sides of an issue presented with reasoned, researched, and respectable arguments on either side is a rarity. Unfortunately, many of the most accessible sources of information (television news, radio, and so on) do not have the time to present meaningful debates; rather, due to competition and other reasons, they opt for sound-bites and spectacle, instead of reason and logic.

To an information world that can be at times off-kilter, Debatepedia brings balance. Rather than dismissing the other side, Debatepedia presents both sides, because it believes in the process of open-minded critical analysis, a fundamental trait of democracy, and a necessary principle for a global community, where ideas and ideologies may otherwise simply slip into the ease of dramatic clashes, instead of the patient cooperation of intellectual and educational exchange. Debatepedia is less about trouncing the other side, than it is about respecting the other side, whatever the other side may be.

The history of Debatepedia dates as far back as 1999. In May of 1999, the International Debate Education Association (IDEA)[2] released [Debatabase http://www.idebate.org/debatabase/index.php], an online resource that presented both the affirmative and the negative sides to a debate. (In a way, Debatabase itself relates to older print presentations of simultaneous argumentation, such as the Pro/Con series of print books, which date back to 1896)[3]. Built especially as a resource for its debaters the world over, Debatabase soon became a handy resource for debaters and educators alike, who could directly contribute to and who continue to contribute to Debatabase [4]. In fact, Debatabase continues to commission topics[5], many of which are adapted into the present Debatepedia.

In the summer of 2006, at Georgetown University, User:Brooks Lindsay and User:William Wnekowicz founded the original version of Debatepedia, a Pro/Con presentation of debates utilizing Wiki technology. Their innovation provided a useful step-forward in online debate/argument resources, because with Debatepedia, users could contribute articles (as they would for a wiki), but within a format that simultaneously presented both sides to a debate topic or motion. Brooks Lindsay and William Wnekowicz were joined by the 2003 state debate champion and debate instructor Clayton Keir; together, they successfully launched Debatepedia.

In the fall of 2006 , Noel S. Selgzi of the International Debate Education Association[6] (IDEA) began proposing the development of IDEAWiki, an online encyclopedia on debate, debate theory, and argumentation, by employing a team that included himself, Marjan Stojnev, and Dalbir S. Sehmby. In honour of Black History Month, IDEAWiki was launched in February of 2007. Complimenting IDEA's existing educational debate resources, such as the Pro/Con format of Debatabase and its audio and video resources, IDEAWiki presented articles in the more traditional and commonplace fashion of print encyclopedia or online wiki.

By the summer of 2007, however, Brooks Lindsay and Noel Selegzi decided to merge their projects, resulting in IDEA's new Debatepedia, a Pro/Con wiki, with educational articles, and organizational profiles, making it a complete online reference site for debate and argumentation.

Brief Bios Of the Developers

  • Brooks Lindsay: Founder of Debatepedia and chief editor. Brooks lives in Logan Circle in Washington, DC, and works full-time on the development of Debatepedia. He graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in 2006, earning a bachelor's degree in International Politics, with a specialization in US Foreign Policy Processes. Brooks Lindsay was born in Seattle, Washington in 1983.
  • Noel Selegzi. President of IDEA. Mr. Selegzi founded the IDEA wiki in February of 2007, and initiated the dialogue that led to the merging of the original Debatepedia and Debatepedia team with the International Debate Education Association. He is a central figure in the big-thinking surrounding Debatepedia, and its marketing and fund raising components. He has also been a Program Director at the Open Society Institute since 1997.
  • William Wnekowicz: Co-Founder of Debatepedia and information technology specialist. William is currently studying Management, Operations and Information Management and Finance at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. William Wnekowicz was born in New Jersey in 1986.

Contact Debatepedia

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