ZineWiki is an open-source encyclopedia devoted to zines and independent media. It covers the history, production, distribution and culture of the small press. Feel free to add your project, contribute additional information to already existing pages, or to edit what’s already published. Subjects should be explained in terms of their relevance to zines and independent media.
ZineWiki was created by Alan Lastufka with help from Kate Sandler in June 2006. Early contributors included Webly Bowles, Emerson Dameron and Aaron Cynic. Alan hopes the project will expand to not only cover recent events, but past projects as well.
ZineWiki is powered by the Wikimedia software meaning anyone, anywhere can contribute directly to the site at any time. ZineWiki aspires to the same standards of quality, accuracy and neutrality as Wikipedia. If you are not familiar with Wikipedia, please have a look at its guidelines before contributing. After that, take us to school!
As content grows, it has been suggested that ZineWiki act as a central catalog for zine librarians. The ZineWiki site is the first of its kind, in that any zinester or librarian could catalog a new issue/title as it becomes available, and the result would be instantly searchable, for free, from anywhere around the globe. Building a universal cataloging system would also assist the effort towards persuading public libraries to include zines in their collection.
ZineWiki expects a flurry of activity as zine authors, distro owners and infoshop volunteers register their free accounts and add informational pages about their own projects, or make changes and additions to existing entries.