Wikis all around the world and all the way

How does YOUR community use its wiki? Does it have one? Could it use a wiki more effectively? What would be the implications of adding a wiki or stimulating its use in various ways?

CPsquare’s January conference is about wikis and these very questions. You are invited to join us to discuss these questions and more.

“Wiki all around the world and all the way” will be a short, intensive internet-based conference that’s a follow-on to CPsquare’s Long Live the Platform conference in January of 2008. We will look at wikis from the perspective of communities of practice and as tools for communities. How do wikis work as the principal platform for a community? as an add-on or auxiliary tool? What is the logic of a wiki as a tool for community use? Where did wikis come from and how are they evolving? What other tools work with wikis? What are some of the commercial and open source offerings? What kind of integration issues do communities experience when other tools are added on to a wiki or when a wiki is added on to another tool? Are there some communities that take more naturally to using wikis than others? Are there strategies for hastening wiki adoption in a wiki?

Here’s a tentative schedule (confirmed names are in bold). All teleconferences would be at 20:00 GMT. Each session needs a host and others to summarize and pull it off.

  • Jan 7 – conference opening: wiki videos and resources, open wiki sandbox, basic wiki resources – Peter+Trudy Johnson-Lenz
  • Jan 9 – Wiki as basic community software or add-on? KM4Dev (Nancy White) and Kehilliyot (Naava Frank / Caren Levine)
  • Jan 12 – The of core of the wiki way and its evolution – Ward Cunningham
  • Jan 14 – Wiki case study: non-profit and government examples
  • Jan 16 – Wiki as platform element: Moodle and Ecco (Sylvia Currie on SCOPE / Moodle & Eric Sauve on Tomoye’s Ecco’s wiki, and how the SharePoint wiki is integrated into it)
  • Other sessions to be scheduled
  • Ongoing a-synchronous discussions

Conference Tag: waatwaat –

Join CPsquare now or register for the conference separately.

3 thoughts on “Wikis all around the world and all the way

  1. John Abbe

    In Sri Lanka seeing friends, etc. for the first time in three years, so unlikely to make much of this, but hope you have a great conference, and to see you all at RecentChangesCamp in February in Portland!

    p.s. you’ve got the conference tag as waawaat and waatwaat – it’s the latter i’m guessing?

  2. John Smith Post author

    Thanks for catching that typo, John. I fixed it, so your comment might mystify some people. I do plan to be at the RecentChangesCamp and am talking it up to everyone I know.

  3. Mark Neff

    Looks like a great conference. I can’t attend ($) . However, I wanted to let you know that we use wikis to support our internal communities. They use them to share what they are doing and what they would like to work on. They use them to develop competency frameworks. They use them to work remotely on projects for clients. They use them as a way for people to build profiles and find expertise across the company. They use them to document their research and to share that research with others across the company that may be interested in the reseach that they are doing. Some communities use them exclusively because they are so much easier to use than our internal portal for sharing content even though it is not made to support that. It is very easy to work in a wiki so people use it. Ask your questions or send me an email and I will share what I can. Not sure where else to share this information so felt a comment may get others to jump on board and share how they use wikis in their communities even if they do not have the ($) to attend the conference or join this group.


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