History of NCpedia
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Copyright, writing, citing and re-use of NCpedia content
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Invitation for new contributors and partnerships
NCpedia highlights North Carolina's unique resources, people, and culture to enrich, educate and inform.
It is coordinated and managed by the North Carolina Government & Heritage Library at the State Library of North Carolina, a part of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The encyclopedia contains articles covering a broad spectrum of topics and resources about North Carolina, including: historical time periods, subjects, and events; biographies, including North Carolina’s governors; counties and government; geography and environment; business and economy; historical places and monuments; natural resources and natural heritage; and many others. NCpedia also includes thousands of images.
NCpedia is considered a trusted resource for North Carolina information. Contributors include professional and independent historians, librarians and archivists, museum professionals and many subject specialists. Institutional partners include: North Carolina Museum of History; the North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries; the Research Branch at the North Carolina Office of Archives and History and the State Archives of North Carolina; the University of North Carolina Press; the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation; NC (NC Wildlife Information Network Shares); the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program; North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission;North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences; North Carolina Aquariums; North Carolina Arts Council; East Carolina University; Appalachian State University; North Carolina State University Libraries; and others.
NCpedia began with a collection of several hundred static HTML pages contributed by a number of partners and collaborators including North Carolina Government & Heritage Library staff; historians at the Research Branch at the North Carolina Office of Archives and History and archivists from the State Archives of North Carolina; curators at the North Carolina Museum of History and contributions from the Museum’s publication Tar Heel Junior Historian magazine; and others. An expansion project began in early 2010’s to integrate content from the University of North Carolina Press's Encyclopedia of North Carolina and Dictionary of North Carolina Biography. This project was funded through a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.
For a short history on the development of NCpedia, visit the "History of NCpedia" page.
NCpedia now contains more than 8,400 articles and more than 9,200 images.
In some cases, two or more articles on the same topic are included in NCpedia. These articles may contain slightly different information or be targeted toward different audiences. For example, articles reprinted from the Tar Heel Junior Historian, have been written for students in grades 4-12 and may supplement other articles on the same subject. NCpedia also has a K-8 collection with entries written at the 5th-grade reading level.
Many articles are reprinted from other sources with permission, and many articles are under copyright from the authors and/or publishers. Please assume that entries are under copyright unless otherwise stated (for example, some authors have shared their content with a Creative Commons license allowing re-use with certain stated permissions; see the individual statements for individual articles with this designation). Requests to reprint or republish may be directed to individual contributors or NCpedia, and NCpedia will help viewers with content information as needed. NCpedia articles span several decades, so please note the publication and copyright date of individual articles.
References for article content are provided along with citations for additional resources. Additional resources often include web links for content available online and, in some cases, include additional and updated information on topics.
For a list of NCpedia contributors and authors, click here.
For a list of print resources that appear in NCpedia, click here.
Please visit this NCpedia article for information on copyright, writing, citing and re-use of NCpedia content: https://www.ncpedia.org/writing-and-citing-ncpedia-articles
We strive to keep NCpedia as up-to-date and relevant as possible! If you find a suspected error, typographical or factual, in an NCpedia entry, please let us know. And if you can provide source and page citations, that will help us speed along the process of investigating and updating.
The resource is a project of many partnerships and contributors, and it contains content with a variety of copyright and re-use statements. Articles range from some written in the 1970s and 1980s to many written in the 21st century.
Because our knowledge of history and approaches to historical interpretation change over time, an encyclopedia is always a work in progress. We strive to ensure that the content remains accurate, relevant, and useful for viewers. When we find mistakes or errors in content or questions are raised about omissions, interpretations and presentation, we strive to evaluate these, conduct research, and include updates to the published record as needed. Because many articles come from external contributors and include different licensing restrictions, we work with the contributors to evaluate and update content.
And we are grateful for and rely on viewers to bring issues and errors to our attention when they see them! If you have questions about NCpedia content, please email the State Library of North Carolina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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As an educational resource, NCpedia provides the comments feature as a way for viewers to engage with our content and share links, citations, or information about other resources as well as new information that may be of interest to other viewers. Please note: All comments are subject to North Carolina Public Records Laws and may be disclosed to third parties.
Comments are reviewed by NCpedia editors at the State Library of NC, and the editors reserve the right to not publish any comment submitted that is considered inappropriate for this resource. As a division of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, we adhere to DNCR's Social Media Public Comments Guidelines and Social Media Policy.
We reserve the right to moderate comments that contain any of the following:
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If you have a question or comment related to information on NCpedia but would prefer to not have it posted publicly, please contact us via email at email@example.com.
If you have a research or genealogical question, please contact the State Library of North Carolina's NC Government & Heritage Library's reference staff via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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NCpedia is constantly seeking new content, contributors and partnerships!
Visit our “How to Contribute” page for more information and guidelines.
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Significant content contributions have been provided by the institutions:
North Carolina Atlas Revisited, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries.
North Carolina Museum of History and Tar Heel Junior Historian magazine
NC WINS (NC Wildlife Information Network Shares), includes: North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, North Carolina Aquariums, North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, East Carolina University, Appalachian State University.
Research Branch, North Carolina Office of Archives and History
State Archives, North Carolina Office of Archives and History
University of North Carolina Press
North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation
Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina, UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries
NCpedia received the 2011 Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Services.
The April 2013 Choice Reviews Online (CRO3), a subscription-based publication from the American Library Association/Association of College and Research Libraries, lists NCpedia as a "highly recommended" Internet resource in a review written by C. D. Vidas from the University of South Carolina Upstate.
3 April 2014 | Agan, Kelly