The Coastal Wiki (CW), hosted by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), has experienced strong growth since its inception in 2007, both in quantity and quality. Besides many contributions written on invitation, several European projects have contributed to the Coastal Wiki (e.g. ENCORA, MarBEF, SPICOSA, PEGASO, THESEUS, MERMAID, EUR-OCEANS, Marine Genomics). The CW is intended to facilitate cooperation between coastal experts of different disciplines, by filling the gap between the basic introductions of Wikipedia and the specialized articles of scientific journals.
The current practice for contributing to the site is that authors submit their draft, which is then commented on by CW manager Job Dronkers or by a member of the editorial board. After revision the article is uploaded, taking care of internal links, copyright aspects and layout. The number of new articles is currently no higher than 10/year on average. Most of the editorial time is devoted to reviewing existing articles. The CW is now looking to expand their editorial board.
Interested scientists are invited to express their interest by sending an email to Hannah Jansen (hannah [dot] jansenleibniz-zmt [dot] de) or Sebastian Ferse (sebastian [dot] ferseleibniz-zmt [dot] de).