Entries in "Wiki" ( for this category only)

Professor Wikipedia Video

Video making fun of Wikipedia:

See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor.

Wikis and Collaboration Models for Active Learning

Case held this session on May 8, 2008. I was asked to participate and helped to organize this session, but was already scheduled to deliver a Plenary at another conference. I was glad to see the session was a success and left the participants with many things to consider.

Collaborative Technology and Engaging the Campus 2008
Track 4: Blogs and Wikis
Session: Wikis and Collaboration Models for Active Learning
Panelists: Ben Schechter, Bill Barrow, Bill Claspy, Brian Gray, Roger Zender

It was a discussion on how to use Wiki software in order to create an interface which provides an opportunity for collaboration among users.

Check out the others session from Collaborative Technology and Engaging the Campus 2008, which include sessions on blogging, virtual worlds like Second Life, mobile devices, VOIP, and many other topics:

Encyclopaedia Britannica to Accept User Submitted Articles

The Wired Campus Blog (Chronicle of Higher Education) on June 6, 2008, shared an announcement that the online Encyclopaedia Britannica will display user-submitted articles along side those written by the editors. It will even offer a reward system for contributors.

For full details, see the post on the Britannica blog.

Are we seeing the first major response to change following the success of Wikipedia?

Wikipedia Roundup

I was getting a little behind in my reading and blogging. In order to make a substantial dent, I will make several posts over the next few days (or weeks) that will bring in many thoughts around a specific topic.

Today's topic: Wikipedia

The battle for Wikipedia's soul
Mar 6th 2008
(From The Economist print edition)
IT IS the biggest encyclopedia in history and the most successful example of “user-generated content” on the internet, with over 9m articles in 250 languages contributed by volunteers collaborating online.
The article discusses the challenges of trying to "encompass every aspect of human knowledge" versus including including everything no matter how "trivial".

Does anyone else think that the restrictions on Wikipedia are getting tighter and tighter than advertised and originally planned?

Interview of Niko Pfund, Vice President and Publisher of the Academic and Trade division of Oxford University Press in New York
Blog entry on the OUPblog (April 8, 2008)
He was asked if "he hated Wikipedia". He said he was a regular user and appears to think that Wikipedia is helping people to better understand appropriateness of information and its source. He suggested that the development of the Oxford English Dictionary was based on the same method of utilizing the collective knowledge of people.

He does suggest that as Wikipedia's popularity grows it will bring its own end as the "one-stop shopping model will likely fragment".

I do not know of this will happen. We see this in our own library collections that we are pushing more resources to a one-stop approach. Do people really think that we will revert back to having to find information from only a single appropriate source?


MathSciJournalWiki is a freely-editable resource for information on scholarly journals, especially in mathematics. It aims to be a central resource for understanding the journal system, both in its academic and economic aspects.

It lists the price history and numbers of pages for many of the journals used in mathematics and physics. It also highlights various news in the math and science publishing industry.

Middlebury College Bans Wikipedia

The Middlebury College history department has adopted a policy to ban the use of Wikipedia as a citation in student papers.

My hope is that this policy includes an instruction component so students know how to best use Wikipedia and locate alternatives.

Library 2.0 Accepted by Wikipedia Users

I mentioned a couple of days ago that "Library 2.0" was marked for deletion from Wikipedia. People spoke up and it will remain in Wikipedia. The couple of "delete" votes were based in the dislike for the 2.0 marketing of everything and not specifically about the concept of Library 2.0.

Continue reading "Library 2.0 Accepted by Wikipedia Users"

Do Wikipedians Believe in Library 2.0

Someone has nominated Library 2.0 for deletion from Wikipedia. He believes it does not belong because it is a term "coined by a blogger and used by bloggers". Everyone that has voted so far as pointed out that the term is used in professional literature, conference programs, classes in graduate school, Masters/PhD papers, etc. Go vote and express your opinion.

I wonder what this person's experience with libraries is?

Thank you to David Lee King for pointing this out.

The Wiki has been Googlized

Will the Wiki go mainstream now that Google has bought JotSpot? Read more about the Google and JotSpot relationship.

USPTO Bans Wikipedia

Business Week (9/4/2006 Issue 3999, p12) has reported that the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) will no longer accept Wikipedia entries as "accepted sources of information". I am wondering why the practice was allowed in the first place.

The Patent Librarian conducted his own analysis to see how much the practice was utilized.

[VIA: The Patent Librarian's Notebook, September 10, 2006]

The Case community can find various sources of the Business Week article from the E-Journal Portal.

Wiki for Podcasts

Podcasting101 is a wiki about podcasting from a library perspective. This wiki was started by Greg Schwartz of the Open Stacks blog.

Public Commenting on Organizational Blogs or Websites

I have been participating in a virtual workshop designed by the American Library Association (ALA) to instruct in and establish best practices in utilizing Web 2.0 technologies. ALA Library 2.0 included many components from blogging, wikis, RSS feeds, etc. My personal ALA Library 2.0 blog also includes various details and links.

One part of the virtual workshop included an interview I conducted with some of the Kelvin Smith Library Freedman Center staff.

My group just completed our final project. We explored the best practices in allowing public comments on formal organizational blogs or websites.

Here is an alternative link to the presention.

UPDATE: The ALA blogs mentioned above have since been taken down. Any entries that I was involved in were moved to this blog and the links fixed.

Another Library 2.0 Job Description

Here is another Library 2.0 job ad: Wiki Analyst.

From EBSCO Publishing:

The basic function of the Wiki Analyst is to monitor information creation on TWiki, EP's web-based collaboration platform. The ideal candidate will be responsible for tracking wiki usage, guiding and shaping it's organization, and helping EP to get the most out of this powerful tool. Develop best practices. Other responsibilities include training and educating users, monitoring projects and activity, and linking content for maximum usefulness.

Work with departments and authors to ensure that content is linked appropriately and uses the best methods and practices. Monitor Wiki technology to understand the latest state of technology and plugins and make recommendations for usage at EP. The ideal candidate will have a solid understanding of web technology and be wiki savvy. Excellent communication, training, and writing skills are required.

How Today's Web Has Changed Technical Writing

The IEEE Professional Communication Society Newsletter (IEEE PCS, Volume 50, Number 5, May 2006) has two articles that address web development and how technical writers must adapt to "web 2.0" technologies and users.

Web Development…How Do You Define Web Development?
by Elizabeth Weise Moeller

The problem is that “web development” is such a broad term, unlike so long ago when the web was first getting started. In the end, I decided to talk about the past, the present, the future, and, in the process, highlight some trends you can watch to help keep visitors returning to your website.
What is Web 2.0 and How Will Technical Writers be Impacted?
by Amy Diehl
Web 2.0 is a movement away from understanding content as housed in websites, but instead views content as “granular.” In this way, the content can be syndicated and distributed in decentralized ways and without relying on the user visiting a site or page in order to find the information or content. With the advent of Web 2.0, or the web as platform, not place, technical writers and designers will need to rethink many of their strategies regarding how their writing works in relation to “place”.

Team One Project Draft: Best Practices/Policies For Public Comment on Library And/Or Association Websites

Best Practices/Policies For Public Comment on Library And/Or Association Websites

Client: All types of libraries and/or ALA.

Opportunity: To identify best practices for open comments and conversations on both ALA websites and individual library organizational websites. To explore the promotion of open partnerships and collaborations between library users and association members as partners and collaborators, engaged in a dialog with each other, that promotes individual ownership.

Product/Service: The integration of open commenting using a blog and/or wiki tool, plus other web social communication tools.

1. Determine best practices for the utilization of Web 2.0 communication tools.
2. Determine best practices for open commenting with blogs.
3. Determine best practices for open commenting or content creation by wiki tools.

What do you hate about wikis?

I just put a post up about wikis on my other blog that I thought the ALAL2 participants might find interesting. It is about what one blogger hated the most about wikis. I was surprised that most of their concerns were about the user's interaction with the interface, rather than the perceived accuracy concerns that the traditional media targets.

What do you hate about wikis?

A Little Madness blog posted a Top Ten list of things hated about wikis.

My summary of the 10:
1. Easier to create poor documentation
2. Syntax of topic names (i.e. WikiWords)
3. Varieties of syntax
4. A step backwords in how we format large documents
5. Poor navigation
6. Lack of structure or tables for data
7. Method of editing and formating text
8. Poor support for versioning
9. No autosave if something bas happens
10. Wiki discussions

I guess I was surprised when it read this list. I was expecting more complaints about the philosophy behind wikis, but most were just about implementation. I think developments are addressing many of these concerns.

(Via: Jeremy Smith's blog, April 19, 2006)

Information Systems Wiki

Wiki for IS Scholarship was established for summarizing and discussing articles in and related to the field of Information Systems. The site is hosted by the Information Systems Department at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

(Via: Jeremy Smith's blog, April 11, 2006)

Top 10 Sources

Top 10 Sources is a directory of sites developed to highlight the most relevant content on the Web as distributed by RSS feeds. The editors of Top 10 Sources search blogs, podcasts, wikis, news sites, and every kind of syndicated sources online for the best material. The lists are updated frequently and organized my subject categories. Several categories exist in science and technology, such as science news, controversial science, and thinkers of the web.

(Via: Librarian In Black, April 9, 2006)

Wiki as a Presentation Format

Here is an example of using a wiki to give a presentation, as an alternative to PowerPoint.

I think PowerPoint is quickly losing its hold on the presentation format, especially as reliability on Internet resources increase and discussions continue long afer the actual, physical presentation. Blog and wiki presentations promote discussion and collaboration into the future.

(Via: Library Stuff, October 20, 2005)

Me & Web 2.0

I guess this is an extension of my earlier introduction.

Since I am sure we are all at different levels of technology usage and knowledge, I thought I would post about my technology usage.

I am high on anything that will increase my productivity while supporting mobility. I have two offices on my campus, one in the main library and one in the School of Engineering, and I also drive about 80 miles per day. At work, I rely solely on a laptop. As our campus is totally wireless and I have docking stations in both offices, I can basically work from anywhere that is needed. I will often travel to faculty offices or student study areas to assist or instruction in research, and I can conveniently take my "whole" office with me. I also use a Dell Axim X50v handheld that supports wireless access, email, video, various applications, etc. I can throw it in my pocket and access the library catalog from within the stacks, listen to music while wlaking across campus, or access an urgent email to share with others during a meeting. I love my Axim.

My university supports both a blog system and wiki. I do maintain a work-related weblog (e3 Information Overload, E-resources for Engineering Education) that highlights resources or issues relevant to science and engineering faculty and students. I also add content to other library blogs within my organization, a Reference Weblog and general library news Weblog. The library offers various RSS feeds. I do not participate as much in the wiki, as I have not learned the editing structure yet and it is not straight forward from a user perspective.

I use Pluck to read RSS feeds as it offers the ability to go back and forth from an application on my computer to web-based access as needed. I look forward to seeing how BlogBridge compares. I am also experimenting with Attensa as it work with Microsoft Office.

Wikipedia versus Encyclopedia Britannica

Encylopedia Britannica has struck back at the Nature study described below. The 20-page PDF points out all the inaccuracies in the study.

On December 15, 2005, BBC News discussed the research conducted by the British journal Nature (v.438, pages 900-901, December 15, 2005) that looked at the accuracy of Wikipedia versus the Encyclopedia Britannica. The article, called Wikipedia Survives Research Test, specifically focused on the accuracy as it relates to scientific entries. The reviewers looked at articles from both sources, but were not told of their origin.
  • 4 major conceptual errors were found in each
  • Factual errors, omissions or misleading statements: 162 in Wikipedia and 123 in Britannica
  • Reviewers found that Wikipedia entries were often poorly structured and confused

For the Case community:
The Nature article can be accessed directly.
The Encyclopedia Britannica Online is also available.

Web 2.0 Mashup Matrix

If you are looking to develop some new web applications or are looking to take advantage of some current mashups, you have to check out the Web 2.0 Mashup Matrix or the Web 2.0 Mashup Center (database) on Programmable Web.

(Originally shared on Snarkmarket, March 24, 2006)


HigherEdBlogCon 2006

From April 3-28, 2006, make sure you participate in the HigherEd BlogCon. This brand-new, all-online event aims to bring together in a single Web space many of the leading players who are transforming academe with their use of the new tools of the Social Web. Higher Ed BlogCon 2006 will focus on the use of blogs, wikis, RSS, audio and video podcasts, and other digital tools in a range of areas in academe.

The program tracks appear to have something for everyone interested in using today's newest tools in education:

  • Teaching - April 3-7, 2006
  • Library & info resources - April 10-14, 2006
  • Admissions, alumni relations, and communications & marketing - April 17-21, 2006
  • Websites & web development - April 24-28, 2006.

English Wikipedia Publishes Millionth Article

On March 1, 2006, the English version of Wikipedia published its one millionth article. Now, over 3.3 million articles exists in more than 125 languages of Wikipedia. Wikipedia was originally created with a goal to create 100,000 articles, but shattered that goal on January 23, 2003!

Blogs, Wikis, & Podcasts for Beginners

Aaron Shaffer, who works in the Freedman Center of the Kelvin Smith Library, recently gave a talk on blogs, wikis, and podcasts. Even more exciting is that you can view the podcast of the presentation. It was very professionally done and I enjoyed the format.

Wikimania 2006

Wikimania is an annual international conference devoted to Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation projects. Wikimania is both a scientific conference and a community event, bringing together the various Wikimedia projects. It's an opportunity for Wikipedians to meet each other, exchange ideas, and report on research and projects, as well as a chance for Wikipedians and the general public to meet and interact. Wikimania will also provide an opportunity to meet and talk with people at the forefront of the Wikimedia communities and wiki software development.

As well as being a forum for research and ideas about the Wikimedia Foundation projects, Wikimania will bring together those interested in free and open source software, free knowledge initiatives, and other wiki projects worldwide. Wikimania will serve as a venue for people across fields, including software and hardware development, library and information science, knowledge management, journalism, law, policy, and education to share ideas about the future of free knowledge and open-source content projects.

Wikimania 2006 will be held from August 4-6th in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on the Harvard Law School campus.

Wikimania is currently accepting submissions for papers, posters, presentations, workshops, discussion groups and speaker panels, as well as suggestions for other activities. More information can be found on the Call for Participation page. Contributions from both members of the Wikimedia community and from those outside it are welcome.

Wikipedia's co-founder eyes a Digital Universe

CNET News reported that Wikipedia's co-founder eyes a Digital Universe. Larry Sanger, who is no longer involved with Wikipedia, has been brought on to work with the Digital Universe project. Sanger described the Digital Universe as the "PBS of the Web" and it will be the "largest reliable information source on the Web", due to the experts it will employ.

[What is the Digital Universe?]

The Digital Universe is an intuitively organized, multimedia Web that will inform, educate, engage and involve people worldwide. The mission is to realize the Internet’s potential as an open, non-commercial medium that inspires creativity, communication, collaboration and education.

Wikipedia Weakness

On December 4, 2005, Katharine Q. Seelye in The New York Times wrote an article called Snared in the Web of a Wikipedia Liar that reported that someone in Wikipedia falsely wrote that John Seigenthaler Sr. was responsible for the Kennedy assassinations.

Wikipedia quickly responded by requiring users to register. Listen to John Seigenthaler and Jimmy Wales (founder of the Wikimedia Foundation) discuss the situation on NPR's Talk of the Nation on December 6, 2005. Seigenthaler revealed that Wikipedia was not the only web site with the bad information.

Science in the Web Age

Thanks to Bob Michaelson on the CHMINF-L listserv for sharing that Nature published several article about "science in the web age." The initial commentary was on the Crooked River blog.

The articles published by Nature on December 1, 2005, focused on science research and how it driven or assisted by search engines, book digitization efforts, and blogs & wikis.

E-Mail Is So Five Minutes Ago

Evidence that demonstrates that email usage will decrease as collaboration becomes the key for success is presented in a November 28th, 2005, Business Week article, called E-Mail Is So Five Minutes Ago. It gives some examples of business usage of wikis, blogs, instant messaging, RSS, and groupware.

I particularly enjoyed some of the words or thoughts introduced, such as "e-waste" for all that junk email and email CC meaning "cover your ass".

Of great concern was the statistic that next year only 8% of all emails will be legitimate. I think this will just further drive alternative technologies such as RSS even harder into everyday usage.

Universities Are Warming Up to Wikis

I am catching up on my reading, and I see that Jeremy Smith shared how the Case Wiki is gaining attention.

Q&A with the Founder of Wikipedia

Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, was interviewed on C-SPAN's interview series called Q&A. The original interview was from Sunday, September 25, 2005. Watch the program with Real Player, read the transcript, or listen to the podcast.

Wikipedia to Enforce Editorial Rules?

Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia that can be edited by anyone. It has recently be discussed on Tim Robson's KSL blog, as well as other Case blogs.

On August 5th, Reuters circulated a story in which one of the founders of Wikipedia said that Wikipedia "needed to find a balance between protecting information from abuse and providing open access to improve entries." Wikipedia is talking about "freezing" content once the materials is widely accepted as truth.

I wonder if more open access collaborations will also have to take this lead in order to prevent online vandalism of content?

Case Wiki

Case Western now has an official Wiki.

[Announcing wiki.case.edu]

A wiki is a collaborative web site where almost every page is editable by any user. It is my hope and the hope of other proponents of the wiki that it become THE central resource for information on campus.

The range of topics covered by the wiki can be as varying as your brain can conceive. We are currently working on integrating the wiki with other services offered by the university, such as this blog system.

In 2.0 We Trust (or Do We?)

On the Library 2.0 blog, Michael Stephens posted a link to an article about trusting wikis and how it can translate to the ALAL2 project. I think Michael makes a good point.

I think people get scared by wikis and other social resources that allow user-created content. If you assume "good faith" in the content, that still leaves the door open to challenge the content when needed. I think too many people assume content is either perfect & reliable or total junk. People have gotten lazy in deciding what is truthful or corresponds with their beliefs. As socially driven applications increase, librarian instruction in finding and judging relevant sources becomes more critical. Instead of downgrading Wikipedia (or others sources) as useless or unreliable, librarians should be teaching users how to better use these types of resources. Users were already doing this long before the technology allowed it on a worldwide basis. How many times do you think patrons have asked their friend that they "trusted" a question rather than approaching the library?