Here is a detailed explanation of all types of content expected for Urantiapedia, how is accessed, organized, and who can change it.
As in any Wiki in Urantiapedia there are pages, each one with a unique title and URL. For example:
Each page can be an article, a chapter of a book, the index page of a book, an index grouping links to other pages, and so on. What pages comprise is up to the creativity of users and can be modified at any time as needs change, although once a page is created it is recommended to make it permanent and use redirections if it is needed.
The table summarizes the user groups inside the web:
|Group||Description of users in the group|
|ADMIN||User that can do everything|
|EDITOR (1)||User that after a request has been validated and authorized by an ADMIN user to edit books, articles & study aids, slides, maps, 3D models and assets (images, audio, video).|
|AUTHOR (2)||User inside a group with his name that acts as EDITOR but only for a restricted collection of books, articles, etc. authored by the user.|
|REVIEWER||User that only can view pages, view the history and make comments.|
|USER||Any user not registered. Only for viewing pages.|
(1) At first stages of the project some types of content are only editable using Urantiapedia Tools by users called Chief Editors, outside Urantiapedia web. Once the starting content is uploaded in each milestone of the project, Urantiapedia Tools is no more used and users in EDITOR group will be able to edit content through this web.
(2) AUTHOR means that there will be several groups of type AUTHOR, each one contaning users that are the authors (or authorized by the authors) for given pages. For example, if there are two users named Han Solo and Obi Wan that want to be authors, there will be a pair or groups named HANSOLO and OBIWAN, the first with Han Solo user, the second with Obi Wan user. The first will be the only user that could edit pages in paths like
/en/article/hansolo/ (and any other locale apart from English),
/en/slides/hansolo, and so on. On the other hand, Obi Wan user could edit pages in paths like
/en/slides/obiwan/ and so on. This way some users will be the only editors of certain pages.
Be aware that the only users that can delete pages are ADMIN users to ensure that links are not broken. There is only one exception to this rule. So the process with a page is:
The table summarizes the types of pages. Table shows the minimum user group required to edit the type of page. ADMIN users can do everything so when table says EDITOR or AUTHOR it implies also ADMIN. When the table says AUTHOR user, it means that there are several users of this type and each one controls the pages within the indicated folder, being the only one with permissions to edit them.
The table shows the URL path to add to https://urantiapedia.org domain to obtain the URL for english. Replace language code with the one desired for other languages. For example, the URL to obtain the index of The Urantia Book is:
More on URLs in section below.
|WEBPAGE||Pages of Wiki itself like start page, help pages, roadmap||ADMIN||ADMIN||ADMIN||/en/help/|
|BOOK_UB||The Urantia Book||ADMIN||ADMIN||ADMIN||/en/The_Urantia_Book/|
|BOOK_AUTHORED||Book from an author user||AUTHOR||AUTHOR||AUTHOR||/en/book/user_name/book_title/|
|BOOK_PUBLIC||Book that anyone can edit||EDITOR||EDITOR||ADMIN||/en/book/author/book_title/|
|TOPIC||Term, topic or concept mentioned in The Urantia Book||ADMIN||EDITOR||ADMIN||/en/topic/topic_name/|
|INDEX||Pages with collections of links||ADMIN||EDITOR||ADMIN||/en/index/index_name|
|ARTICLE_AUTHORED||Article from an author user||AUTHOR||AUTHOR||AUTHOR||/en/article/user_name/article_title|
|ARTICLE_PUBLIC||Article that can be edited by anyone||EDITOR||EDITOR||ADMIN||/en/article/author/article_title|
|SLIDES_AUTHORED||Slides from an author||AUTHOR||AUTHOR||AUTHOR||/en/slides/user_name/slides_title|
|SLIDES_PUBLIC||Slides that can be edited by anyone||EDITOR||EDITOR||ADMIN||/en/slides/slides_title|
|MAPS_AUTHORED||Map (1) from an author||AUTHOR||AUTHOR||AUTHOR||/en/map/user_name/map_title|
|MAPS_PUBLIC||Map (1) that can be edited by anyone||EDITOR||EDITOR||ADMIN||/en/map/map_title|
|3DMODEL_AUTHORED||A 3D model from an author||AUTHOR||AUTHOR||AUTHOR||/en/3dmodel/user_name/3dmodel_name|
|3DMODEL_PUBLIC||A public 3D model||EDITOR||EDITOR||ADMIN (2)||/en/3dmodel/3dmodel_name|
|IMAGE||An image, either a drawing or a graph schema or illustration||EDITOR or AUTHOR||EDITOR or AUTHOR||ADMIN (3)||/en/image/image_name|
These are pages with content about Urantiapedia itself, like user manuals, recommendations, policy documents, progress status and the like. These pages have this URL pattern:
This includes not only The Urantia Book in all its translations but also the Bible and any public-domain book that is assumed to be a source used by revelators or with content that can explain topics of The Urantia Book. Also can be included books that are derivative works from The Urantia Book whose authors want to offer with an open license. All this could comprise a kind of urantian library, something like Wikisource but everything related with Urantia Book.
Regarding The Urantia Book there is a main page for each translation with the title, copyright, year, etc, one page for the index of the papers, one page for the extended version of the index, and finally one page for each paper. For english, some examples of these pages:
Other content as the Publishing mandate also can be included under the same path.
Each paper page has, apart from the content itself with sections, some extra sections:
This sections with References, Links and External links will be a common pattern in most of Urantiapedia pages.
Regarding The Bible, as it is a main book massively quoted from The Urantia Book authors, it has a short path to it. Each book of the Bible has one page, and each chapter one page for it. For example, these are links for books and chapters of Genesis an gospel of John:
Valid book names to use in the URL:
Other book related with Bible as non canonical books can be placed under the same path if they are related to The Urantia Book in some way. One good example is the book of Enoch, that is mentioned explicitly.
Regarding any other book apart from Bible that is a possible source of The Urantia Book, they can be added in a
book path, with one page for book title, author, copyright and date, one for the index, and one for each chapter. It is important that if books are old and have been scanned, both the scanned images and the text be made available. Images can be added as a collection of images linked in an Original section at the bottom of each chapter text.
For example, Matthew Block is a reader that has done a great work finding source material of The Urantia Book, as explained in https://urantiabooksources.com/. One of the books he has identified as a possible source of revelators is The Universe Around Us, from sir James Jeans, published in 1930. As this book has entered public domain, it can be added to Urantiapedia, and links to this book can be like this:
Readers can also add to Urantipedia their own written books if they want to share as a public license. The way to add them is as with any other book, in the
book path, with one page for title, author, copyright notice and date, one page for index, and one page per chapter. Books, of course, must have a relation with The Urantia Book and provide some kind of help in the understanding of the book, not be novels or any inspired work with few relations to the book.
The URL pattern for these books is like this:
https://urantiapedia.org/en/book/[author]/[book_title] for books with a known author or
https://urantiapedia.org/en/book/[book_title] for anonymous books. Be aware that book title in URL is recommended to be in english even if the original language in which the book is written is not english. Check more about this in a section below.
This includes any article, help material and opinion document that may be interesting for studying and understanding The Urantia Book.
Each will be a page with sections. It is highly recommended to have the common sections References, Links and External links. Images will be added so that they are linkable as entities by themselves, so that many articles can share the same images without repeating them. References are important. Many readers have written articles in which they do not correctly include the reference to a quote from Urantia book or from any scientific paper. Whenever possible, these articles should be amended to add these missing references. Without references, the information is not true.
The URL pattern for an article should follow this:
https://urantiapedia.org/en/article/[author]/[article_title] for articles with known author or
https://urantiapedia.org/en/article/[article_title] for anonymous articles. Be aware that although articles has a title in the original language in which they were written by its author, it is a good practice to use a translated name in english. This way URL may have a consistent pattern.
Let’s put an example. Imagine a spanish reader has created an article titled Nazaret en tiempos de Jesús, that we can translate to Nazareth in Jesus times. The better choice for URL would be
Be aware that the purpose of Urantiapedia is allow a multi-language content for everybody, and any page uploaded to it is expected to be translated to all supported languages at some point in future. English titles provide a unified common way to identify URLs. This do no affects the title of the page, that is always a different value from the URL. More on this in a section below.
This type of content includes also schemas or drawings with schematics. The are a number of technologies that allow easy creation of diagrams and charts that are currently supported in Urantiapedia: Kroki, Mermaid and PlantUML. If previous diagram generators are not enough for The Urantia Book purposes (because they are mainly for software development) it is possible to use any content in SVG format, that is the best recommended format to create diagrams, schemas or charts.
These are a type of article related to a specific topic of The Urantia Book. For example, could be concepts like absonity, or people like Grandfanda, or types of beings like Thought Adjusters, or places like Nazareth or Orvonton, or events like the arrival of Adam and Eve, etc.
Each topic will have the common sections References with links to The Urantia Book, Links with links to other pages in Urantiapedia, and External links section for more links outside the page. For example, the page about Nazareth can contain a brief and basic explanation about Nazareth (where it is, why it is important, geographic coordinates with links to maps), but the Links section can have a link to an article in which a reader delves into the city of Jesus, what it was like in Jesus time and what archaeological finds have been found that seem to corroborate or not the book’s claims.
The URL pattern for a topic is:
https://urantiapedia.org/en/topic/[topic_name]. Topic names are always in english although the title in the page will be in each given language.
Different indexes are included here. If the number of elements obtained in the index is very high, there can be a main page with main sections and then secondary pages. Whenever possible it is preferable that each index is only one page, so that it is easier to locate something.
These could be some of the indexes:
|List of indexes||List of all indexes||As this table||/en/index/index|
|Index of topics||Known as Glossary||Alphabetically||/en/index/topics|
|Index of people||Subset of Glossary for proper names for persons or personalities||Alphabetically||/en/index/people|
|Index of beings||Subset of Glossary for types of beings in the universe (1)||Alphabetically||/en/index/beings|
|Index of places||Subset of Glossary for places, in the universe or on Earth||Alphabetically||/en/index/places|
|Biblical Index||For each book of Bible, links to The Urantia Book where a verse is relevant||By biblical order (Genesis, Exodus, etc.)||/en/index/biblical|
|Index of References||For each document of The Urantia Book, all references in other books, either Bible or others||By book paper||/en/index/references|
|Index of quotes||List of references in the book to emblematic sentences||By themes (God, the Universe, the Angels, Jesus, etc.)||/en/index/quotes|
|Chronology of the Earth||Events in Earth (2)||Chronologically||/en/index/earth_timeline|
|Chronology of the life of Jesus||Description of main Jesus events and links to the book||By year, month and day||/en/index/Jesus_timeline|
(1) If a type of being receives different names (for example, Third Source and Center = Conjoint Actor), each entry will have next to it the list of the rest of equivalent terms.
(2) Chronologies can be considered a type of event index. In this case it would be a chronology, ordered by date, of the events of the earth’s evolutionary development. It could include the historical events mentioned in the book.
Images for all the webpage:
svgformat or if they use HTML image maps.
The URL pattern for images is:
https://urantiapedia.org/en/image/[image_name].jpg. The names of images must always be in English as explained above. If the images do not need to be localized to any language, they can be left in the default English path, so the URL pattern for them would be:
https://urantiapedia.org/image/[image_name].jpg , which is more compact.
Notice that in the URL pattern we have add
jpg as the format but it could be any of the supported ones:
Images do not have their own web page by default. Images are accessed through the URL like any public resource. But if it were interesting, pages could be created that offer information about an image itself. For example, in the following URLs the first is the URL to the official cover image of The Urantia Book in English, and the second is the possible page with information about this image:
Maps will not be simple static images. This type of maps will be saved inside the images section. The maps will be interactive applications that will allow:
The URL pattern for maps is:
Maps will allow to link to a position within the map through parameters, either by a name or by coordinates. For example, let’s imagine a map page of Jesus’ flight journey north with his apostles. This map could have this URL:
And two ways to open this map centered on Ramah would be:
The names of the maps in URL have already been explained that it is needed to be in English.
Slides are text documents that are displayed on the page as animated presentations. It’s basically like an article in which you can move through it by pressing the forward and back keys or by scrolling your finger on a touch device, moving from one slide to another.
The URL pattern for slides is:
The URLs will have a parameter to open on a given slide.
3D models are applications, like maps. They will allow you to move freely around the model within certain limits, focus on the whole model and show an information panel about clickable elements. It could also contain different animations that would be executable independently, to show something animated.
The URL pattern for 3D models is:
Like maps, 3D models will support centering on an item using a name, such as:
Each page in Urantiapedia has both a title and an URL. Titles can be repeated throughout the site if needed, but each URL must be unique. To achieve this URLs must follow this generic pattern:
[lan]is the code of any language supported, that are the languages with a translation for The Urantia Book. Check Languages supported.
[path]is the path depending in the type of page:
[user_name], if it exists, is the name of the author, either the name of a user that can modify pages, or a public author. It is recommended not to use accented characters in the name to make it easier to write.
[page name]is the name that appears in URL, that must have underscores instad of white spaces. For books each page is a chapter, so
[page name]must just a number, the one of the chapter. If the book contains a preface that chapter is numbered zero.
[book title] and
[page name] should have short names whenever possible and preferably in english. English is the default language of the site. The reason for this is The Urantia Book was written in english and today is a universal language used everywhere. Having different page_names for different languages make it harder to switch between languages and should require a system to connect sibling pages. By using a unique page name for all translations it is easier to know how to reach any page in any language once the english page is known.
Examples of URLs:
It is a good idea to mantain these conventions so URL have a consistent way of being constructed and this way are easier to remember.