Wiki Collaboration has permeated virtually to all forms of on-line collaboration and social media. It was a seed concept which was invented and developed in 1994, came to be used so widely today. The best example of Wiki collaboration, the Wikipedia, is the most referenced online content repository in the world. Talking about Wiki collaboration, James wales, the Founder of Wikipedia has recently announced that he will be starting a new publication called the ‘Wikitribune‘ to cover fake news. James says, ‘Wikitribune’ would be a ‘news site with a sense of community’ with ‘Evidence-based journalism’ on the underline. Wikitribune will bring together the public and the journalists on the same plane. Wikitribune will project facts as it is and news content will be taken out of bias. It will be unrestricted for all with a genuine sense of community. Commendable. I am not going to talk about -what ails Wikipedia? or the rise and decline of Wikipedia. There has been a number of articles written on the decline. I feel that there is a lot to learn from Wikipedia. Now with the announcement of the Wikitribune, my sincere hunch is that it would reverse the trend for the better. Vannevar Bush, the celebrated engineer, inventor and administrator must be one happy man in his grave. He left a legacy and passed away. His invention of the Memex in the 1930’s, led to the development of the internet as we know today. The memex also led to the development of the Wiki collaboration software. Please read our blog article “The global brain and graph theory”. Wiki collaboration It was in 1994, Ward Cunningham the inventor of Wiki software, was inspired by Vannevar’s ideas on Memex and further developed it into a software where people can share and collaboratively edit documents. His desire was that people can collaboratively contribute and talk about their experiences by adding and editing content without much technical know-how on computers. There are thousands of active wikis in use around the world. They are used as team collaboration software, knowledge management tools, corporate intranets and community forum websites. You can read more on ‘Wiki collaboration’ on this Wikipedia reference site. What is a Wiki? A wiki is an online software that lets you share and collaboratively modify and edit contents and documents with others using a simple web browser. Did you know: Wiki is a Hawaiian name, which means ‘Quick’. Wikipedia: the best known Wiki collaboration software I was amazed to know that about 10 billion people visit the Wikipedia in a month for the English version alone. No wonder it is the 6th most widely read magazine in the world. An article from MIT technology review from Tim simonite was a thought to provoke. Though the article was written in 2013, the title of the article ” The decline of Wikipedia’ caught my attention’. You can find the article here. I saw some valid points. Apart from that I have not seen much written about it ... Continue reading
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