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Goals and Aims

The ThinkTank is an environment in which to exchange, collect and supplement best practices and any useful information oriented primarily towards

  • Commission and/or EU jargon, acronyms and abbreviations, often incomprehensible even to EU servants
  • web analytics of governmental web projects.
It is not only about gathering items of knowledge,
but also about arranging them in a consistent and intelligible manner.

The focus should be on matters of specific interest to Commission staff. If your information is of equal interest to people outside the Commission, consider putting it on Wikipedia instead, where anyone can find it easily. Also remember that the EU's official terminology database is IATE containing a huge amount of information - terms, definitions, notes, terms in context, all arranged by concept - in multiple languages.


The users are the staff of EU institutions and EU Member State authorities, and domain experts.


Collective ownership is the rule, i.e. anyone can - and is encouraged to - improve anybody else's article. No silo ownership here! For example, you are free to improve this About page.

Be bold! [1]

Language policy

British English (en) is the pivot language.

French (fr) is the second language being implemented. Articles written in French have a title followed by (fr) to allow the reader to know in advance the language of a page.

But linguistic renditions in other EU official languages are also planned.

Let us know that you wish to start a new language.

Style guide

  • Articles should be short with references to any existing resource.
  • Articles should follow Wikipedia style, i.e.
    • No external link in the body text, only internal links to the wiki. Enclose external links with <ref> .... </ref>.
    • References grouped at bottom of page with
    • External links at the bottom of page within a See also section
  • Acronyms and initialisms
    • Acronyms and initialisms should first give a hint of the meaning of individual letters, in the original language, in italics, then in English.
    • Acronym pages may contain a short definition.
    • When an acronym has more than one meaning, definitions move to individual pages and the acronym article becomes a {{disambiguation}} page.
    • Please use the {{Acronym}} template and variants to link to external acronym search engines.
  • Categories
    • Categories follow Wikipedia's usage[2] on the topic.
  • Footnotes and references go at the bottom of the page, i.e. no inline external link. Please use <ref>footnote, link</ref> and the {{Ref}} template at bottom to display all references.
  • Stub articles: {{Stub}} at top of page, which will then belong to Category:Stub pages.

Content restrictions

Only content which is directly or indirectly connected with the goals and aims is allowed. (This could be changed by the consensus of the contributors.)

Personal information

Do not post any restricted or personal information as it could in principle be accessed by anybody from anywhere in the world. In other words, all posted content has to comply with the Privacy policy.

Copyrighted material

... to be developed ...


  1. Wikipedia, Be bold
  2. Wikipedia, Help:Categories
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