Archive for the 'Wiki' Category

Enterprise adoption of Web 2.0 collaboration

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

Interesting discussion:

Britannica to Nature: Get your facts straight!

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

In its December 15, 2005, article Internet encyclopaedias go head to head, science journal Nature compared the accuracy of the online Encyclopædia Britannica with Wikipedia. The study received wide attention since it claimed that “Wikipedia comes close to Britannica in terms of the accuracy of its science entries.”

Now, three months later, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. has issued a response: Fatally Flawed — Refuting the recent study on encyclopedic accuracy by the journal Nature (PDF, 836kb).

In short:

Almost everything about the journal’s investigation, from the criteria for identifying inaccuracies to the discrepancy between the article text and its headline, was wrong and misleading.

Arriving amid the revelations of vandalism and errors in Wikipedia, such a finding was, not surprisingly, big news. Within hours of the article’s appearance on Nature’s Web site, media organizations worldwide proclaimed that Wikipedia was almost as accurate as the oldest continuously published reference work in the English language.

That conclusion was false, however, because Nature’s research was invalid. As we demonstrate below, almost everything about the journal’s investigation, from the criteria for identifying inaccuracies to the discrepancy between the article text and its headline, was wrong and misleading. Dozens of inaccuracies attributed to the Britannica were not inaccuracies at all, and a number of the articles Nature examined were not even in the Encyclopædia Britannica. The study was so poorly carried out and its findings so error-laden that it was completely without merit. We have produced this document to set the record straight, to reassure Britannica’s readers about the quality of our content, and to urge that Nature issue a full and public retraction of the article.


(via Tim)

Wiki seedling

Saturday, February 4th, 2006

Finally, a team wiki at work. Though it’s still tiny (it barely hatched today) and still somewhat semi-official, I look forward to a healthy adoption curve nonetheless.

Advanced wiki talk

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

All in one room tonight:

That’s Silicon Valley for you. Nice!

Peter Thoeny gave a presentation on TWiki Enterprise Collaboration Platform, Version 4 (released this morning), followed by a lively discussion about structure and wikis and the future of enterprise wikis in general.

Wikipedia Germany down following court order

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

Wikipedia Germany ( is currently not linking/redirecting to due to legal issues. Apparently, a court in Berlin, Germany has issued a restraining order.

May have to do with, according to heise online (in German).


Web Monday follow-up

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

I enjoy life in Silicon Valley. A whole lot. The energy here is tangible. The people, the conversations, the constant flow of ideas, this pervasive sense of opportunity, the can-do attitude — it can really get you excited sometimes.

Makes me wonder:

What if we could somehow borrow some of this energy and spark something similar in Germany? What if we could grow an environment as nourishing as the one here, attracting the world’s best and brightest? What if we could create a climate that values entrepreneurship and rewards innovation — a climate that would put Germany on the map of cool places to live, learn and invent (and start a business)?
Now, while I know this won’t happen overnight, I’m pretty sure it can be done. At the very least, it’s definitely worth aiming for.

So when I had a chance to go back for a quick visit to Cologne (Germany) a few weeks ago, I brought along the idea for a Web Monday — an informal gathering of people already working on some of the topics related to web 2.0 (in the broadest sense). I was curious to feel their pulse, if you will, and find out firsthand if and to what extent the future of the web might actually be “made in Germany”.

I’m happy to say Web Monday went really well. First of all, the infrastructure (nice location, with Wi-Fi, beamer etc.) was in place, thanks to the many who self-organized via the wiki. Second, the turnout was simply huge! A nice mix of well over 80 people attended, among them bloggers (some of Germany’s top-ranked, in fact), podcasters, wikipedians, software developers, designers, entrepreneurs, senior business people, internet veterans, students, journalists etc. as well as a few newbies or otherwise interested bystanders. Some people came all the way from Frankfurt, Stuttgart, or even Brussels (Belgium). There were a total of four brief standup presentations of current projects that night. And to top things off, we even had sponsors for the first couple rounds of drinks for everyone.

All in all, a pretty neat get-together, given the one-week notice.

Feedback has been very positive overall. In general, people seem to have enjoyed the open format, to the extent that immediately afterwards there was already talk of a next Web Monday in Cologne to be held some time soon.

Just to give you an idea who some of the people in the audience were (listed in no particular order and far from complete):

As of today, there are two Web Monday meetups taking shape, one in Cologne and the other one in Berlin. I have heard some people in Hamburg and Frankfurt express interest in setting up local editions of Web Monday in their respective city or region as well — we’ll have to see how that goes.

The Web Monday wiki has proven to be an invaluable tool in setting up all this. Its doors will remain open, and anyone interested is more than welcome to contribute — on both sides of the Atlantic.

Thanks once again to everyone who helped put this together. I see a lot of potential going into 2006.

With that said, here’s to a happy and venturesome New Year!

Taking on WikiSpam with Eaton

Thursday, October 20th, 2005

The first tangible results have come out of WikiSym 2005 already:

Peter Kaminski of Socialtext had the idea for a CGI wrapper which eventually - during the course of WikiSym 2005 - became Eaton - A Bouncer for WikiSpam and Blog Spam. Eric Kim describes Fighting WikiSpam: Eaton and Shared Blacklists. Sunir Shah prepared the WikiSpam Workshop at WikiSym, which gave an excellent overview of the state of the art tools and techniques for fighting spam.

I’m sure there will be a Wordpress plugin at some point that uses a shared blacklist to fight blog spam in the same way Eaton does.

Jimmy Wales: “Wikipedia and the Free Culture Revolution.”

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, talks about Wikipedia in the Free Culture Revolution.

Abstract: Wikipedia is one of the shining leaders of the free culture revolution taking place on the Internet. Wales will discuss how Wikipedia operates, what lessons can be learned for future projects, and what the future holds for free culture generally.

Here’s some coverage.

The Future of Wikis

Monday, October 17th, 2005

First panel today: The Future of Wikis.


  • Ward Cunningham
  • Jimbo Wales
  • Ross Mayfield
  • Sunir Shah, Moderator

Attendees can actively participate during this session on, what else, a wiki:

Interestingly, wiki-based mind mapping came up.

Going to WikiSym 2005

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

I’ll be going to San Diego, CA this weekend to attend WikiSym 2005 (October 16-18, 2005).