It’s National Constitution Day today in the USA, and for the second year in a row Atlassian is helping to sponsor the event with the donation of Confluence, our enterprise wiki. We did a case study about the Constitution Center and Constitution Day last year, you can read it here, or click below to see the full press release that we put on the wires today.
Constitution Day Celebrates Mix of History, High-Tech
Based on wiki collaboration, educational Constitution Center allows teachers, students to share curricula, exchange ideas
San Francisco, Calif. (Business Wire) September 17, 2007 – Atlassian Software Systems, builder of lightweight collaboration tools, is sponsoring the National Constitution Center’s Constitution Day event today. The National Constitution Center is an independent, non-partisan, non-partisan, and non-profit organization in Philadelphia dedicated to increasing public understanding of the U.S. Constitution. The Center serves as the nation’s resource for education on the Constitution for Constitution Day 2007. The Constitution Day website has been designed with four different audiences in mind — educators, students, federal personnel, and community leaders — in order to reach a wide spectrum of participants and help all Americans mark the birthday of their government.
The date is significant because on September 17, 1787, exactly 230 years ago, the U.S. Constitution signed and the government was born.
The website is powered by Atlassian Confluence, an enterprise wiki. The wiki is a web-based tool that makes it easy for anyone to edit content and upload files; unlike traditional websites that only allow users to publish content for visitors to read, wikis facilitate collaboration and sharing by the online community.
“This is the second year we’ve sponsored the National Constitution Center’s Constitution Day event, and we couldn’t be more pleased to be involved,” said Jeffrey Walker, President of Atlassian. “Business isn’t always just about making money. Donating to a project like this worth it for a score of other great reasons.”
The Constitution Day website is an interactive community of resources where K-12 educators can upload, share, collaborate on, and even rate lesson plans, A/V materials, books, and other resources and ideas. Easy search tools help visitors find and download resources from multiple sources. The goal of the website is for educators and students to learn about the Constitution, develop a sense of national community, and support each other’s efforts to celebrate Constitution Day and the year-round appreciation of constitutional values, issues, and challenges.
About the National Constitution Center
The National Constitution Center, located at 525 Arch St. on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall, is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing public understanding of the U.S. Constitution and the ideas and values it represents. The Center serves as a museum, an education center, and a forum for debate on constitutional issues. The museum dramatically tells the story of the Constitution from Revolutionary times to the present through more than 100 interactive, multimedia exhibits, film, photographs, text, sculpture and artifacts, and features a powerful, award-winning theatrical performance, “Freedom Rising”. The Center also houses the Annenberg Center for Education and Outreach, which serves as the hub for national constitutional education. Also, as a nonpartisan forum for constitutional discourse, the Center presents – without endorsement – programs that contain diverse viewpoints on a broad range of issues. For more information, call 215.409.6700 or visit www.constitutioncenter.org.
Atlassian Software Systems is a global company that builds lightweight software to help distributed teams collaborate. Atlassian’s affordable, enterprise software products include JIRA, one of the world’s most popular issue trackers for IT project management, and Confluence, widely recognized as the most-advanced enterprise wiki. The company has more than 7,500 customers in over 90 countries, including 30 of the world’s top 50 corporations, spanning the Fortune 1000, public enterprise, government, academic, science and technology sectors. All products are free to qualified open source and non-profit organizations.