Will Richardson from Weblogg-ed
His definition: a website where anyone can edit the content at any time.
It’s an important part of the read/write web
Traditional html requires some skill
Blogging interfaces are an easy to create web content with little to no technical knowledge (about 5m active)
Podcasting and v-logging allows people to talk freely – and have a broad audience
Huge implications for schools and libraries
Internet as a notebook
Tons of capacity
Collaboration – “the social, collaborative, construction of knowledge and information”
Any one can edit
Page history (easy to revert to an older version, see how the content has evolved, see Jon Udell’s video of how wikipedia works with a particular case of a vandal)
Can include authentication
Can have notification features (RSS or e-mail)
Visits StarTrek Wiki … Demonstrates editing the page – demonstrates vandalizing the page… Nice… now everyone in the audience will feel that they should go out and vandalize a page. Does not fix it. ARGH! Discusses having faith that the page will be fixed – doesn’t encourage good wiki citizenship.
Shows a post he made this morning
Recommends it as a starting point for research
Discusses 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake
Collective/collaborative truth (with 6k edits for the tsunami disaster)
Offshoots – wikibooks, wikitravel, etc.
Northern Voice conference
Bimiji (sp?) State class wiki
UIUC Library wiki
Library Association of New Zealand
U Mn, Mt. Holyoke
Why use wikis in your library
Easy to create
Small learning curve
Keys to success:
Page naming conventions
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