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ZineWiki is an open-source online wiki devoted to zines, fanzines, small press publications, chapbooks, and independent media. It covers the history, production, distribution and culture of the small press.
ZineWiki was created in July 2006 by Alan Lastufka and Kate Sandler and includes hundreds of contributors from the independent press.
Like Wikipedia, ZineWiki strives for neutrality and accuracy. Because of its attempt to document often small and ephemeral small press publications, the relevancy tag is not used on ZineWiki, as the editors believe all independent publications are worth documenting.
During a September 2006 broadcast, the host of Flat Four Radio in London remarked that there's "nothing to stop it (ZineWiki) from becoming the world's main source of information on zines," while Karl Wenclas, founder of the Underground Literary Alliance, has called ZineWiki "a sign of new life."
In October 2006 ZineWiki became a featured website on the Small Press Exchange.
In February 2007 ZineWiki was a featured website on Rivet Magazine.
In spring of 2007 Broken Pencil magazine published a two-page article about ZineWiki entitled "Zine Wiki and the Great Indie Cultureal Reservoir" in Issue 35.
In September 2006, the Chicago-based print magazine Punk Planet partnered with ZineWiki to offer exclusive online content. The first of these articles was entitled "Unofficial Histories: Zine and Ephemeral Print Archivists" by Anne Elizabeth Moore.
- "Blogtown PDX: Hey Zinesters!". The Portland Mercury. September 2006.
- "AudioPop Episode #18". Flat Four Radio. September 18, 2006.
- "Zeen Corner". Karl Wenclas. September 22, 2006.
- "Featured Website". Small Press Exchange. October 20, 2006.
- "A Week in the Life of an Independent Bookseller". Punk Planet. October 3, 2006.
- "Wikimania". Rivet Magazine. February 20, 2007.