Archive for the 'Wiki' Category

He says, she says: Conflict and coordination in Wikipedia

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

At Wiki Wednesday tonight, PARC researcher Bryan Pendleton just talked about his recent research project: He says, she says: Conflict and coordination in Wikipedia (to be published at CHI 2007 in April if I’m guessing correctly).

Lots of analysis, visualization and insights into the phenomenon that is Wikipedia. Very cool stuff!

Wiki Wednesday back with a vengeance!

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

There are well over 50 people at Wiki Wednesday tonight. We’re just going through some interesting stuff that got hacked during today’s Wikithon:

  • Wiki References
  • Wiki Analytics
  • SocialZork
  • Who What When (tag cloud)
  • Tag Cloud
  • Top 10/Bottom 21 Best
  • Purple Transclusion (more on the concept of purple wiki)


Update: Christine has more details.

Jimmy Wales: Three principles for building the Wikipedia community

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

At last week’s Social Media Club meeting in San Francisco, Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia shared some of the guiding principles used for building the Wikipedia community:

  1. “Assume good faith!”
  2. Intentional vulnerability
  3. Accountability rather than gatekeeping

He says these principles also apply to a wide range of internet or social media projects.

You can listen to his 6-minute speech here (starts at around 20′55).

More on AssumeGoodFaith on the Meatball wiki.

Campaigns Wikia: Six months in, progress slowing?

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

I noticed in my previous post that the Campaigns Wikia does not seem to be very active at the moment (see their recent changes).

They’ve only seen 500 edits in January so far, coming from anywhere between 30 and 50 contributors (including spammers), and of those, only a handful seem to be carrying the bulkload of the work.

There’s currently a total of 686 article pages in the entire wiki.


Monday, January 22nd, 2007

From the Beehive State comes another wiki project that aims at bridging the gap between citizens and people in office:

Politicopia gives people a solid handle on the Utah Legislature. Users create summaries of bills, pro and con arguments, comments, links, and more. For example, check out these pages:

Payday Lending
Vouchers for Private School Tuition
In-State Tuition for Illegal Aliens

Help Wanted. Anyone can edit or create a page. To discourage trolls and spammers, registration is required. This is an experiment in open democracy.

On the pro and con arguments, please stick to your side. If you don’t like the other side’s argument, rebut it on the other side of the ledger or tear it apart in the comments.

Be cool.

This is in some ways similar to Campaigns Wikia (which doesn’t seem to be very active at this point, as far as I can tell).

One challenge I see with a pure wiki approach in this context is the fact that in order for participants to contribute they must make edits. And while that is ok when collaboratively writing a document, it does not scale well when it comes to any type of polling or voting.

Secondly, the unstructured nature of the data makes filtering, aggregation, or visualization — in short, anything that helps with the consumption of large amounts of data — very difficult.

Via Personal Democracy Forum: The Revolution Will Be Wikified


Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

Another large-scale wiki project:

Wikileaks is developing an uncensorable Wikipedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis. Our primary interests are oppressive regimes in Asia, the former Soviet bloc, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, but we also expect to be of assistance to those in the west who wish to reveal unethical behavior in their own governments and corporations. We aim for maximum political impact; this means our interface is identical to Wikipedia and usable by non-technical people. We have received over 1.2 million documents so far from dissident communities and anonymous sources.

We believe that transparency in government activities leads to reduced corruption, better government and stronger democracies. Many governments would benefit from increased scrutiny by the world community, as well as their own people. We believe this scrutiny requires information. Historically that information has been costly - in terms of human life and human rights. Wikileaks will facilitate safety in the ethical leaking movement.

Wikileaks opens leaked documents up to a much more exacting scrutiny than any media organization or intelligence agency could provide. Wikileaks will provide a forum for the entire global community to examine any document for credibility, plausibility, veracity and falsifiability. They will be able to interpret documents and explain their relevance to the public. If a document comes from the Chinese government, the entire Chinese dissident community can freely scrutinize and discuss it; if a document arrives from Iran, the entire Farsi community can analyze it and put it in context.

Who is behind Wikileaks?

Wikileaks was founded by Chinese dissidents, mathematicians and startup company technologists, from the US, Taiwan, Europe, Australia and South Africa.

Our advisory board, which is still forming, includes representatives from expatriate Russian and Tibetan refugee communities, reporters, a former US intelligence analyst and cryptographers.

There are currently 22 people directly involved in the project and counting.

Via SmartMobs: Freedom of Information, the Wiki Way

Web Monday, January 2007: Bielefeld, Berlin, Kiel, Stuttgart, Vienna, Bremen, Cologne, Karlsruhe, Jena, Frankfurt, Silicon Valley

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

With a total of eleven Web Mondays, January is shaping up to be our busiest month yet.

You know what to do:

  • Mark your calendars, spread the word, bring your friends, bring your colleagues (heck, bring your boss)!
  • Share your insights, give a remarkable talk, or demo your hot, new, curve-jumping, paradigm-shifting, patent-pending, world-changing, revolutionary, first-mover app!!
  • Have fun inventing the future of the internet!

January 15:

January 22:

January 29:

One of my key goals for the development and further growth of Web Monday in 2007 is better sharing across what will soon be 20 different locations.

I would like to take the opportunity and encourage everyone to make sure their demos, presentations and talks at every event get recorded or otherwise properly documented (photos, podcasts, videos — you name it) so we can make them available online.

Yes, Web Monday is about to get its own blog shortly (and podcast, I assume).

Happy New Year!

Creating Building Blocks for Independents

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

Earlier this year, Tantek Çelik gave a presentation at the SXSW Interactive conference on “Building Blocks for Independents” and has meanwhile launched a wiki to help expand these ideas.

Web Monday 2007 — Take the poll!

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

For everyone who has attended any of the more than 50 Web Monday meetups over the past twelve months, I would like to invite you to take part in a little survey that I just set up.

It’s absolutely low-tech, simply email me your answers to the following questions:

  • The meaning of life — Who are you and what brings you to Web Monday?
  • Pretty good stuff — What do you like most so far?
  • Not so hot — What do you see needs the most improvement?
  • Eureka! — What did you learn?
  • This way, please! — Your suggestions and ideas going into 2007!

The poll will be active through November 21, 2006. The results will be published shortly thereafter on the Web Monday wiki.

Thank you all very much!

At Wiki Wednesday

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

Some recent news from Socialtext:

And, more pizza is on the way.