IranDebate.org is an effort to expand the debate over the nuclear deal with Iran through a collaborative wiki-like tool for structured debate on a topic. The project is modeled after Wikipedia, but instead of focusing on developing an encyclopedia it invites users to help edit and expand an 'argument tree' that reflects the various positions in the debate. Users can browse the argument tree or an extensive database of resources, including links to relevant news articles, authoritative quotes, and a comprehensive bibliography of sources.
The project is part of a larger effort, nicknamed the "Open Debate Engine", which is creating a hybrid wiki platform that will be conducive to handling larger policy debate topics.
The intent is not to create another place where users can go to engage in a debate (though we certainly expect there to be lively discussions across our sites) but rather to create a resource where users can expect to find the best format of an argument in the debate to further their own discussions or research.
There are three complementary goals for this project:
- To provide a resource for students and practitioners on the issues involved in the debate over the nuclear deal with Iran;
- To expand and further the debate over the nuclear deal with Iran;
- To develop an open-source system for the collabrative development and editing of an argument tree that can be re-used for other topics (i.e. the Open Debate Engine).