There are very different ways how people are involved in the AMA project and its community. The following roles describe these different levels of engagement.
- Self-selectable roles:
Observers are interested in the AMA project but would like to stay anonymous. They are on the AMA mailing list to be updated about events or developments. Yet, they are not personally visible in the database. Observers can see only public content of the database and cannot see e.g. contact details of other users. They can still make contributions to the database using the “contribute” function”.
Users have a personal profile in the AMA web-database that is visible to the network. Through their visibility they make themselves available to be approached by others in the network. They are on the mailing list of the AMA project and would like to be updated about events or recent developments.
Contributors are users who contribute content to the database more or less regularly. Their contributions are not published automatically but become visible once they are approved by a curator.
Endorsers are people or institutions who would like to express their support for the aspiration of the AMA community without taking any formal or continuous active role in the project work. Everyone who would like to do so can upload an endorsement which will then await approval by the board of curators.
2. Roles invited or assigned by the AMA project team
Guests are people who have been invited as speakers, experts or impulse givers to any of our activities. They do not declare any kind of formal support to the AMA project.
Collaborators are or have been collaborating with the AMA project for a specific activity, i.e. research process or event. They do not declare any longer term commitment of support to the AMA project.
Eagles are personally committed advisors (usually seniors) who provide strategic guidance, advice and support to members of staff and the overall course of the project.
Partners are institutions (or individuals) collaborating actively with AMA on a longer term basis. They support the intention of the platform and help developing the direction and framing of the project
Curators are in charge of editing and curating the content of the web-database. They add content themselves and review contributions uploaded from other community members (users, contributors). Through their work they make sure that only such content enters the database that truly resonates with the intention and framing of the community. Curators do not receive any financial support but feel personally committed at continuously developing the content and scope of the database.
The network of curators is the central facilitating organ of the platform and has emerged from the closest networks of the AMA project (former fellows, visitors etc.). It is based on trusting personal relationships around a shared understanding of the intention and values of the project and database. New members join the board of curators through personal invitation by one member of the board and agreement by at least two other board members. People who would like to proactively become part of the board of curators can express their interest to any one member of the board. The board of curators aims at always representing all six perspectives of the project at eye level.
Visiting researchers are invited to join and work with the project team for a short time (usually less than four weeks), sometimes with and sometimes without financial compensation.
Fellows are working with the AMA project and supported financially through a stipend or honorary contract for a limited period of time.
Members of staff are people employed for the AMA project at the IASS Potsdam. They are responsible for the overall project framework, strategy and administration.