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March 31, 2008

Actuarial Outpost Launches Actuarial Wiki

New Wiki Will Create New Opportunities for Actuarial Exam Students and Actuaries alike

aowiki.gifCHICAGO, IL., March 20, 2008 – The Actuarial Outpost announced today that it has launched its actuarial wiki. The wiki will be used to compile information about each Actuarial Exam, the different areas of actuarial practice, current actuarial research, and other general information about the profession. The wiki can be found at this link - Actuarial Wiki.

The wiki is based off of the same powerful wiki software that runs Wikipedia.org, the online encyclopedia. The wiki currently has nine actuaries contributing to the wiki that range from current students to actuarial science professors and even moderators from Wikipedia.org. It is our hopes to create the single most valuable wiki based study tool for actuaries online, completely free of charge.

The wiki is organized into four basic sections: General Actuarial Information (Finance, Investments, Health, Life, Pensions, Property & Casualty, Actuarial Software, Enterprise Risk Management, Actuarial Science Universities, and List of Actuarial Societies), Preliminary Exams (P, FM, MLC, MFE, C, VEE, CAS Exams 1-4), SOA Exams (Modules 1-8, DP, CSP, Fellowship Modules, EA Exams), and CAS Exams (CAS Parts 5-9).

The formation of the wiki is only the groundwork for the vast amount of actuarial knowledge that it will soon offer. Currently the Actuarial Outpost’s Administrator, Tom, is setting up the structure for all of the information in the wiki, which is based off of the current actuarial exam syllabi. As it is 85% complete, it is ready to take on more detailed information on all of the topics covered by each exam.

Currently, only registered members who contact Tom for a wiki contributor account are allowed to edit the wiki. If you would like to join us in this project, the first step is to join the Actuarial Outpost Community by going to http://www.actuarialoutpost.com/register. Once a member, you can send a Private Message to Tom and let him know that you would like to help out.

Once your account has been upgraded to a Wiki Contributor account, you will be sent a basic wiki editor’s crash course. It’s easier than you think, and Tom and Avi are more than willing to help you with any questions you may have.

About The Actuarial Outpost
The Actuarial Outpost is the world’s largest social networking site specifically made for actuaries. The Outpost itself has three basic subsections: jobs listings, actuarial news, and by far the most important, the discussion forums. These forums are broken into five major sections, subsections, and various number of forums in each subsection. This partitioning allows for the ability to find a specific forum dealing with near any area of actuarial science, as well as having sections exclusive to specific actuarial exams. One of the largest sections is one that deals with non-actuarial topics such as politics, surveys, and a special forum, known as “The Reef” where nearly anything goes; a place where actuaries may “let down their hair” as it were. To see it in action, go to – Actuarial Outpost Discussion Forum

Our Stats
Our stats speak for themselves. With well over 14,000 members, 125,000 discussion threads and over 2.7 million posts, it not hard to see that we are the largest gathering of actuaries world wide. With over 1,500 members logging in daily, and about 84,000 unique visitors per month, questions are answered/discussed usually within minutes of being posted. Join our actuarial community and see how we help each other pass actuarial exams – http://www.actuarialoutpost.com/register

Posted by Tom Troceen