Networking is usually initiated by NGOs and interested groups rather than the government. The process of making contacts through meetings and conversation, the printed word, increasingly through electronic media such as the Internet. It is self-organising, prompted by concern to get to know how an area or an issue works by involving all relevant interest groups and agencies through direct personal contact, rather than through normal bureaucratic channels. This method assists the sharing the experiences at any scale whatsoever, including global. Networks usually works through the maintenance of a database, telephone numbers or even holding periodic meetings or video conferencing.