The PhilanthropyWiki Category structure
The category structure for PhilanthropyWiki was developed to provide a reliable structure within which resources could be stored and located. At the same time, the structure was developed to also provide room for expansion, should the need arise, as the Administrators recognise that not only is the sector organic in the way it expands its knowledge, but the language and classification systems used to organise that knowledge also.
The PhilanthropyWiki category structure is based around five main categories:
- Category:Structures & Models
- Category:Theories & Debates
- Category:Program Areas
Within those categories are a set number of sub-categories. Within those sub-categories, if the volume of information increases to a certain level (decided by Administrators on a case-by-case basis), further sub-sub-categories may be created to better organise the information contained within.
There are also some "floating" categories, that exist more for ease of use than to fit with the above. These are:
See the Sitemap to view the complete PhilanthropyWiki category structure.
How and what to Categorise a page (or category)
To categorise a page, include the following wikicode (with the 'Philanthropedia' category used as an example here):
For consistency, put this code at the very end of the page text you are editing. (However, wherever you place the wikicode, it will always display at the very bottom of the page.)
To link to a category, put a colon after the first set of square brackets, for example:
This will display as Category:Philanthropedia. To rename that link, you may wish to use a 'pipe': |
[[:Category:Philanthropedia|the Philanthropedia Category]]
will display as the Philanthropedia Category.
Protocol for categorising Categories
Categories should ONLY be categorised with the category immediately above it in the hierarchy.
All categories should be categorised, bar the core ones (see below).
Please speak to the Administrators if you would like to create a new category.
Protocol for categorising pages/Articles
Articles should be categorised with ALL categories above it.
To ensure this hierarchy of where the page is located is displayed as "breadcrumbs", reflect it in the order you list the categories:
Articles may be cross-categorised into any categories that are relevant. Ensure that you follow the above rule of categorising it in ALL categories. For example, if the article on fundraising is specific to fundraising in Indigenous health, the categories code on the page will look like this:
[[Category:Practices]][[Category:Seeking Funding]][[Category:Fundraising]] [[Category:Program Areas]][[Category:Indigenous Australians]][[Category:Indigenous Health]]
How it works
The main principle behind the way the PhilanthropyWiki category structure is organised is one of 'refinement' rather than the need to 'dig down' when browsing.
We've decided to consider the "Articles in this category" and "Sub-categories in this category" sections as two different components with different functions.
The "Sub-categories" component reflects the hierarchical nature of the Category structure. Therefore, on a category page, in the "sub-categories" section you will only see sub-categories on the level immediately below the current one listed. To view sub-sub-categories, you must click on the relevant sub-categories.
This is because the software the PhilanthropyWiki is built on, MediaWiki, is only able to display one level of sub-categories, not sub-sub categories.
When it comes to how Articles (or pages) are listed on Category pages, the refinement principle comes more into play. Rather than have users 'dig' to find articles in subcategories, all articles that occur in a category are listed on each category page within its hierarchy. For example, all articles that are categorised under Category:People will appear not only on the People category page, but within the Category:Philanthropedia page, as it is within that broader category.
In other words, all articles that exist within a category, even if they do so within other sub-categories, appear on that category's page. Users can refine the listing of all those articles by clicking on the subcategories.
See the above subheading on "how to categorise a page" for the simple rules for working within these protocols.