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July 11, 2005

Bloggers Capture First Draft of News

"Even as the last shockwaves of Thursday’s horrible bomb blasts ripped through London, the first photographs and eyewitness accounts had begun to circulate. But it wasn’t through the mainstream media that many of these stories and pictures first gained traction. Through photo sharing Web sites like flickr.com and individual and group blogs, the citizen journalist played as vital a role in disseminating information this week as any brand-name media outlet.

"Take, as a case study, the most instantly iconic photo to emerge from the bombings: a hazy picture of a man in a crowded, eerily lit subway tunnel, holding a handkerchief to his mouth. That picture was taken on a camera phone by Adam Stacey, by no means a professional photographer, who happened to be on the subway train that was hit in a tunnel outside the Kings Cross tube station."

Brian Braiker. History's New First Draft. Newsweek. July 9, 2005.

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July 08, 2005

SourceLabs Launches Wiki-Based Open Source Catalog

"SourceLabs Inc., a service provider for open-source software, Wednesday announced a new community-based catalog of open-source projects that also serves as a wiki and features RSS technology.

"Seattle-based SourceLabs introduced the new technology, called Swik, as a service to the open-source community, said Brad Silverberg, managing partner at venture capital firm Ignition Partners—which has invested in SourceLabs—and a SourceLabs board member.

"'It's primarily for developers and end users to find out about all the different open-source projects, including documentation, download sites, reviews, descriptions, tips, tricks, all that kind of stuff,' Silverberg said."

Darryl K. Taft. SourceLabs Open-Source Catalog Boasts Wiki, RSS Support. eWeek. July 6, 2005.

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July 06, 2005

K. Matthew Dames Gives SLA Virtual Presentation

K. Matthew Dames, managing partner of Seso Group Digital Information Advisors and the executive editor of SNTReport.com and Search & Text Mining Report, is this month's speaker for SLA's Virtual Seminar series. Dames will present a two-part series on digital collaboration projects for information professionals, with the first live session being Webcast at 2:00 EST on July 6. and the second live session being Webcast at 2:00 EST on July 20.

Attendance & Registration
Want to view Dames' presentation live? Check the SLA Virtual Seminar page for more information. If you have any additional questions, e-mail SLA at learning@sla.org or call the Professional Development Center at (703) 647-4925.

This session will be taped and available for viewing within one week of the Webcast.

Description
Whatever you call it – digital collaboration, social software, social networking – working across the Web is about more than technology or devices. Ultimately, it is about developing a community of practice where people readily share their information and knowledge, regardless of distance.

Many clients and end-users will suggest that the trend toward using digital collaboration lessens the need for librarians and other information professionals. Instead, the opposite is true: online information sharing increases the need for librarians as facilitators, researchers, and knowledge managers. With some work and initiative, technology-savvy Info Pros can position themselves inside their organizations as critically important team members at a time when their value is being questioned.

This two-part series looks at the tools and issues involved in creating an effective digital collaboration environment, and shares some ideas on how best to establish a digital collaboration initiative within an organization. The first part of the series, part of SLA's Virtual Learning Series, will explain the tools and terminology of digital collaboration, and how different organizations are using these tools to improve productivity and knowledge sharing.

Slides
K. Matthew Dames. Digital Collaboration: Tools & Terms. (.pdf, 2.7 MB) July 6, 2005.

Webliography
Covad. "The Ringing" (Flash movie; Flash Player required.)

Salesforce.com: Hosted customer relationship management tool, with contact management, marketing campaign budgeting and analysis, and mobile and wireless capability.

Bloglines: Hosted RSS and news aggregator.

37Signals: Developer of several hosted business tools, including Backpack (a collaborative online planner and to-do list), and the highly regarded Basecamp (hosted project management application).

Thomas Bleha. Down to the Wire. Foreign Affairs. May/June 2005. ("Once a leader in Internet innovation, the United States has fallen far behind Japan and other Asian states in deploying broadband and the latest mobile-phone technology.")

Heather Green and Robert D. Hof. Picking Up Where Search Leaves Off. BusinessWeek Online. April 11, 2005. ("The time-saving trend of "tagging" is luring legions of Web surfers -- and Yahoo! ")

Daniel Terdiman. Folksonomies Tap People Power. Wired News. Feb. 1, 2005. ("The job of tags isn't to organize all the world's information into tidy categories. It's to add value to the giant piles of data that are already out there.")

Technorati: A blog index.

SNTReport.com: Seso Group LLC publication that finds, filters, summarizes important digital collaboration news six days each week.

Search & Text Mining Report: Seso Group LLC publication that finds, filters, summarizes important news about the business, technology, and law of search and search engines. Published five days each week.

Micro Persuasion: Blog of public relations executive Steve Rubel.

GM FastLane: "The FastLane blog is where you can come to read the latest, greatest musings of GM leaders on topics relevant to the company, the industry and the global economy, and -- most of all -- to our customers and other car enthusiasts."

Charlene Li. Blogging: Bubble or Big Deal? Forrester Research. Nov. 5, 2004.

Mark Pilgrim. What Is RSS? O'Reilly XML.com. Dec. 18, 2002.

Jeff Tyson. How Instant Messaging Works. HowStuffWorks. No date.

Robert Kaye. Next-Generation File Sharing with Social Networks. O'Reilly Open P2P. March 5, 2004.

Miriam Rainsford. A Musician's Take on File Sharing, DRM, and Copyleft Licensing. O'Reilly Open P2P. June 10, 2003.

Wikipedia. Founded in 2001, Wikipedia bills itself as "the free-content encyclopedia that anyone can edit."

JotSpot: A Wiki web application development through a " Microsoft Word style editing" interface. For a demonstration of JotSpot's capabilities, please see Jon Udell's Flash movie. (Flash Player required.)

Federal Communications Commission. Voice Over Internet Protocol: Frequently Asked Questions. May 24, 2005.

vSkype: Skype plugin that allows users to see who they are talking to while sharing applications, spreadsheets or photos in real time. (Windows only)

IPDrum. Its IPdrum Mobile Cable connects Skype to a mobile telephone via the mobile telephone network - allowing Skype users true mobility and worldwide calling for local rates.

Heather Wilson. Gaming for Librarians: An Introduction. (.pdf) VOYA. February 2005.

K. Matthew Dames. Commentary on New iTunes Cell Phone. SNTReport.com. July 5, 2005.

Fred Vogelstein. Gates vs. Google: Search and Destroy. Fortune. May 2, 2005. ("Bill Gates is on a mission to build a Google killer. What got him so riled? The darling of search is moving into software—and that's Microsoft's turf.")

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June 24, 2005

Volunteers Use Wiki to Review Guantanamo Docs

"A group of volunteers has begun using collaborative wiki software to expedite the process of perusing thousands of pages of complex documents related to detainees held by the U.S. government at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

"The group, which has coalesced through the influential liberal blog, Daily Kos, has taken it upon itself to vet documents about Gitmo detainees the American Civil Liberties Union received as a result of a 2003 Freedom of Information Act request.

"Earlier this month, Susan Hu, a Daily Kos contributor, commenced the project, in which she and several co-organizers oversee volunteers who have agreed to review a manageable portion of the ACLU documents."

Daniel Terdiman. Wiki Reviews Guantanamo Docs. Wired News. June 22, 2005.

See also:
Daily Kos. SusanHu's FOIA Project UPDATE. June 9, 2005.

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June 21, 2005

L.A. Times Closes Wiki Experiment

"A bold Los Angeles Times experiment in letting readers rewrite the paper's editorials lasted all of three days. The newspaper suspended its 'Wikitorial' Web feature after some users flooded the site over the weekend with foul language and pornographic photos.

"The paper had posted on its Web site Friday an editorial urging a better-defined plan to withdraw troops from Iraq. Readers were invited to add their thoughts. Dozens did, with some adding hyperlinks and others adding opposing views.

"But the number of 'inappropriate' posts soon began to overwhelm the editors' ability to monitor the site. On Sunday, editors decided to remove the feature."

Gary Gentile. L.A. Times Suspends 'Wikitorials'. LATimes.com. June 20, 2005.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior story on the L.A. Times launching Wikitorials.

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June 13, 2005

LA Times to Launch 'Wikitorials'

"Michael Kinsley shook up the editorial staff of The Los Angeles Times recently, transferring four of his eleven writers, letting one go, and outsourcing some editorials to freelancers.

"While some editorial pages have been nudged into new directions, Mr. Kinsley, the editorial and opinion page editor, is making the boldest attempt to make them more dynamic, argumentative and interactive with several innovations aimed squarely at online readers, while being less like an unseen voice of authority.

"The changes, announced in yesterday's edition, include allowing editorial writers a once-a-year chance to write a signed piece dissenting from the editorial position of the newspaper.

Alicia C. Shepard. Upheaval on Los Angeles Times Editorial Pages. The New York Times. June 13, 2005.

See also:
Andrés Martinez. To Our Readers. LATimes.com. June 12, 2005.

(Editor’s Note: The Times allows free access to their stories on the Web for seven days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archive.)

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June 04, 2005

Wiki Founder Recommends Collaborative E-Gov Tools

"Public Web logs that can be modified by anyone with a browser could give citizens more power to affect policy, an Ohio State University expert says.

"Philosophy lecturer Larry Sanger, who spoke June 2 at the FCW Events' Web-Enabled Government Conference, said he believes that government agencies should consider using so-called wiki collaboration tools, which are rapidly growing in popularity.

"Wikis, Sanger said, can help government agencies in at least three ways."

Aliya Sternstein. Wiki Advocate Sees Government Uses. FCW. June 3, 2005.

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May 17, 2005

IBM Employee Blogging Guidelines Released

"The news last Friday that IBM is introducing a large-scale corporate blogging initiative has attracted plenty of attention, both in the blogosphere and by mainstream media.

"Today, IBM published on its employee intranet its draft guidelines for corporate blogging.

"James Snell, a member of IBM's Software Standards Strategy Group, has posted those guidelines on his public blog as well as a link to a PDF you can download."

Neville Hobson. IBM Publishes Guidelines For Employee Bloggers. WebProNews. May 16, 2005.

See also:
Roy Mark. IBM Urges Employees to Blog With Care. InternetNews.com. May 16, 2005.

James Snell. Blogging@IBM. IBM. May 16, 2005.

IBM. IBM Blogging Policy and Guidelines. May 16, 2005.

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May 13, 2005

The Hidden Power of Social Media Services

"Manufacturing powerhouse Ingersoll-Rand learned the hard way how bloggers can lay waste to a product.

"Its trouble began after an individual posted instructions on a Web site showing how the company's sleek but seemingly indestructible Kryptonite bicycle lock could be undone with a Bic pen. The story gradually spread over the Internet as bloggers wrote about the fatal flaw and provided links to the Web site. Within five days, the bloggers' details were picked up by mainstream media outlets such as The New York Times.

"Ingersoll-Rand could have limited the damage to its brand if it had used a service to track its reputation on the Web, says David Sifry, chief executive officer of Technorati, a blog tracking and search company based in San Francisco. Instead, the manufacturer was clueless for days that its Kryptonite locks were under digital assault and had to offer a lock exchange program that it estimated at the time would cost it $10 million."

Joshua Jaffe. Blogs and Social Networks and Wikis, Oh My!. News.com. May 12, 2005.

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May 12, 2005

Google Mini Launches Across Europe

Google on Wednesday launched its entry-level search appliance, the Google Mini, into the European market. The Google Mini is designed to enable small businesses to let employees and Web site visitors search up to 100,000 documents, including blog and wiki entries."

Matt Loney. Google Mini Debuts in Europe. News.com. May 10, 2005.

See also:
John G. Spooner. Google Bulks up Mini Search Appliance. News.com. April 6, 2005.

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May 05, 2005

Wikis Support Online Communication

"Blogs and message boards both suffer from the same problem- they are great for presenting emerging information, but poor at organizing it for future reference. The 'good stuff' that people often need and companies often want to capture quickly gets buried among all the comments and messages.

"You could say that blogs and message boards are good at managing flows, but poor at managing stocks.

"With this post, I’m outlining a potential way organizations can use blogs and message boards as a way to generate useful information and a wiki as a way to filter, archive and organize it for future reference."

Common Craft. Wiki This- A Model for Customer Support Using Blogs and Wikis. May 3, 2005.

Common Craft. Introduction to Stocks and Flows in Online Communication (part 1 of 3). April 1, 2004.

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April 27, 2005

Social Software in the Enterprise

"Suddenly, Weblogs are Everywhere.

"Millions of the easy-to-publish online journals have been created in the past three years, and their impact has been rapid and widespread. Bloggers helped drive Dan Rather from the anchor desk at CBS, and they played a prominent role in the 2004 elections. Corporate culture is no exception to this trend, but much of the action is taking place beneath the radar of IT managers.

"So far, most of the attention paid to business blogging has focused on a handful of high-profile sites intended for public consumption."

Edward Cone. Rise of the Blog. CIO Insight. April 5, 2005.

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April 23, 2005

WikiNews Faces Challenges

"Nearly six months into an experiment to apply the collaborative, information-gathering model known as a Wiki to the deadline-driven field of breaking news, operators of Wikinews are finding their mission rife with frustrations and challenges.

"The site, an offshoot of Wikipedia, the volunteer-maintained online encyclopedia, is facing pressures its parent organization rarely had to contend with, such as ferreting out fake posts, incorporating original sources and updating coverage to reflect rapidly changing current events."

Joanna Glasner. All the News That's Fit to Wiki. Wired News. April 22, 2005.

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April 14, 2005

MSN Tests Edit System for Encarta

"It happens all the time: You read an entry in an encyclopedia or other reputable source and think, 'That's not right' or 'They forgot this!'

"Microsoft Corp.'s Encarta encyclopedia is testing a system that lets everyone be an editor -- in theory at least. Readers can suggest edits or additions to entries, although the changes are vetted by editors before they reach the page."

Associated Press. Encarta Encyclopedia Tests Edit System. BusinessWeek Online. April 13, 2005.

See also:
WikiNews. MSN Encarta Introduces Wiki-like Enhancements. April 9, 2005.

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April 12, 2005

Computers in Libraries' Presentations Available Online

"This page features links to World Wide Web sites, PowerPoint slideshows, and other electronic resources used in support of presentations at Computers in Libraries 2005. Links are provided at the discretion of presenters. Additional links will be provided as they become available."

Information Today. Computers in Libraries 2005: Presentation Links.

Attribution: SNTReport.com first discovered news of these presentation links through a posting in beSpacific, edited by Sabrina I. Pacifici.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior story on K. Matthew Dames' presentation at the conference.

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April 10, 2005

Yahoo! Supports Wikipedia

"Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization that develops and maintains free open content for the public, and Yahoo! Search, a leading global search engine, today announced that Yahoo! Search will dedicate hardware and resources to support Wikipedia, a community based encyclopedia written and edited by people from around the world. The contribution is the most significant dedication made to date to the Wikimedia Foundation by a corporate sponsor and is essential to furthering their global growth."

Matt Hicks. Yahoo Donates Resources to Wikipedia. eWeek. April 7, 2005.

See also:
Yahoo! Business. Wikimedia Foundation Announces Corporate Support of Wikipedia from Yahoo! Search. (press release) April 7, 2005.

Yahoo! Search Blog. Jimmy Wales on Wikipedia and Yahoo!. April 7, 2005.

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April 07, 2005

Wikis Speed Information Flow

"There is a public Web site where people can find a Web log written by some prominent members of the government information technology community. Visitors can view a list of officials in the CIO Council's Communities of Practice and read ongoing revisions to a major government document, the data reference model. Members of the public also are contributing to the discussions.

"An emerging technology called 'wiki' makes this collaboration possible. Wiki technology creates what is essentially a public Web log, one which anyone with a Web browser can add to or modify."

Aliya Sternstein. Wiki Means Fast. FCW. April 4, 2005.

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April 06, 2005

Wikis Facilitate Collaboration

"There is a public Web site where people can find a Web log written by some prominent members of the government information technology community. Visitors can view a list of officials in the CIO Council's Communities of Practice and read ongoing revisions to a major government document, the data reference model. Members of the public also are contributing to the discussions.

"An emerging technology called 'wiki' makes this collaboration possible. The word comes from 'wiki wiki, Hawaiian for 'fast.' Wiki technology creates what is essentially a public Web log, one which anyone with a Web browser can add to or modify."

Aliya Sternstein. Collaborative Sites Enable Sharing of Ideas, Workload. USA Today. April 4, 2005.

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March 31, 2005

Fortune 100 Companies Routinely Adopt Blogs & Wikis

"To qualify as intelligence, information must be both used and renewed. Good synapses fire fast and standard groupware can be too structured and rigid to support real-time, off-the-cuff data collection for workgroups or projects. Easy and informal, e-mail and IM remain the knowledge-sharing tools of choice for many employees. But after a message has been sent and read, it often drops into the network netherworld never to be seen or used again.

"To facilitate the exchange of information and to establish customized, user-friendly data archives, companies such as Cisco, Disney, Hewlett-Packard, General Motors, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Nokia, Novell, and Yahoo are turning to a new breed of collaboration tools: blogs and wikis. Each helps fill the gaps left by traditional groupware in a different way."

Michelle Delio. Enterprise Collaboration with Blogs and Wikis. InfoWorld. March 28, 2005.

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March 25, 2005

Leading Experts Present BlogWiki2005 Workshop

BlogWiki2005 will take place on May 19-20, 2005 in Coral Gables, Florida.

Leading experts will provide a comprehensive program featuring the emerging techonologies of blogs, Bots, Wikis and RSS/Web feed applications.

Presenters include: Gerry McKiernan, Science and Technology Librarian and Bibliographer, Iowa State University Library; Sabrina I. Pacifici, Founder, Editor, Publisher and Web Manager of LLRX.com and Author, beSpacific.com; and Marcus P. Zillman, Executive Director of the Virtual Private Library and creator of VPL White Papers and Subject Tracer™ Blogosphere.

Attribution: SNTReport.com first discovered news of the BlogWiki2005 Workshop through a posting in beSpacific, edited by Sabrina I. Pacifici.

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March 24, 2005

New Tools for Enterprise Collaboration

"The two leading wiki providers are retooling their services in an attempt to attract larger enterprises to using the still-emerging form of online collaboration.

"In separate announcements Monday, JotSpot Inc. and Socialtext Inc. expanded their product lines and features with a focus on the enterprise. JotSpot launched JotBox, a hardware appliance version of its wiki service, while Socialtext remodeled its user interface and expanded its e-mail capabilities."

Matt Hicks. Wiki Providers Eye the Enterprise. eWeek. March 21, 2005.

See also:
JotSpot. JotSpot Unveils New Wiki Appliance for Enterprise Workgroups. (Press Release.) March 21, 2005.

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March 19, 2005

Will Grokster Case Suffocate Legitimate Innovation?

"As the bitter debate over computer file sharing heads toward the Supreme Court, the pro-technology camp is growing increasingly anxious.

"Some technologists warn that if the court decides in favor of the music and recording industries after hearing arguments in the MGM v. Grokster case on March 29, the ruling could also stifle a proliferating set of new Internet-based services that have nothing to do with the sharing of copyrighted music and movies at issue in the court case.

"Some of those innovations were on display here at the Emerging Technology Conference, attended by about 750 hardware and software designers. The demonstrations included Flickr, a Canadian service that has made it possible for Web loggers and surfers to easily share and catalog millions of digital photographs."

John Markoff. As File Sharing Nears High Court, Techies Worry. News.com. March 17, 2005.

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Few News Sites Experiment With Social Software

"Social networks continue to blossom online by appealing to people's deepest needs for connection. What promise do these technologies offer for news sites?

"In the last two years social networking sites mushroomed across the net, heavily fertilized by hype and the promise of six degrees of connection between socially dispersed people who shared common interests or friends. Now companies actively apply social networking principles to shift more stock and lure more clickthrus to their site."

Daithí Ó hAnluain. Social networks: All Around the Net, But Underused by News Sites. Online Journalism Review. March 11, 2005.

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Mobile Internet Requires Better Web Design

"A mass market exists for the mobile Internet, but it will remain untapped until designers make simpler Web pages that can be viewed properly on handsets, the inventor of the World Wide Web said.

"'(The mobile Internet) will be a huge enabler for the industry ... and for big profits,' Tim Berners-Lee told a seminar on Thursday on the future of the Web. "

Daniel Frykholm. Web Design Hampers Mobile Internet, Pioneer Says. Reuters. March 17, 2005.

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March 18, 2005

K. Matthew Dames' Presentation on Social Software

On Thursday, K. Matthew Dames, SNTReport.com's executive editor, co-chaired the "Communities & Collaboration" track at Computers in Libraries 2005. Dames also gave the first presentation in that track, "Social Software 101," which is available in .pdf format below.

Editor's Note: I was very excited about this conference because I believed that the program Steven Cohen and I created contained some of the most valuable material in the entire conference. From the feedback I have received thus far, it seems that the attendees left each session with a lot of fresh ideas about using digital collaboration tools in their workplaces. If today's organizers and speakers were able to spur some of our audience to begin testing these tools for personal use, seek to implement them in the workplace, or merely spur enough curiosity to warrant further investigation, the track was a success.

I would like to thank all the people that attended Computers in Libraries 2005, and I also would like to congratulate Information Today on its 20th year as organizer of CIL.

There are some people, however, for which I reserve a special thanks. Thank you to Will Richardson (editor of Weblogg-ed), Aaron Schmidt (editor of Walking Paper), Michael Stephens (editor of Tame the Web), Megan Fox, and Blake Carver (editor of LISNews.com) for contributing a wealth of rich content and ideas to Thursday's sessions.

Thank you to Nancy Garman, Information Today's Director of Conference Program Planning, and Jane Dysart, CIL 2005 program chair, for their organizational guidance.

And a huge thank you to Steven Cohen, editor of Library Stuff. It was an honor working with you, a pleasure to finally get to know you, and I sincerely hope we can work together again to advance the information sciences and the profession called librarianship.

K. Matthew Dames. Social Software 101. (.pdf). March 17, 2005.

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Lessig Invites Readers to Update 'Code'

"Further nudging outward the boundaries of online publishing, Stanford University Professor Larry Lessig will put his 1999 book 'Code' online today and invite Internet users to help him write an updated version.

"A noted copyright expert and proponent of free software, Lessig is putting the 297-page treatise about technology, culture and regulation on the Web in the form of a 'wiki,' a site that can allow people to freely edit its contents. The law professor will take the contributions at http://codebook.jot.com and edit them into a printed version of the book."

Michael Bazeley. Professor's Online Publishing Experiment. San Jose Mercury News. March 16, 2005.

See also:
JotSpot. Lawrence Lessig and JotSpot Invite the Internet Community to Update 'Code'. (Press Release). March 16, 2005.

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GuruNet's CEO Explains the Un-Search Engine

"GuruNet CEO Bob Rosenschein will be the first to tell you he doesn't have an answer for everything. Rosenschein is content with answers to the million topics included in Answers.com, GuruNet's 2-month-old reference site. If you ask Rosenschein how his piddling million topics can compare with the 8 billion pages indexed by Google, Rosenschein will revert to his mantra: Answers.com is not a search engine.

"Instead, the company--which survived an ill-fated foray into enterprise search--sees itself as an online compendium of reference sources, collecting on a single page about 100 information sources including encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs and search engines on topic pages about English words and notable people, places and things.

"Rosenschein insists his company isn't competing with the search engines. But even as it gets closer to Amazon.com's A9 search site and to Google itself, GuruNet is inevitably carving out a search niche of its own that could turn the company into a serious threat or a valuable acquisition target."

Paul Festa. The Answer Man. News.com. March 16, 2005.

See also:
Paul Festa. GuruNet Launches New Search Service. News.com. Jan. 3, 2005.

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March 12, 2005

Wikis & Blogs Prominent on Campus

"First the Internet turned colleges upside down, extending classrooms and changing the way people learned. Next came Napster and other file-sharing tools, then Web logs. Now blogs are morphing into the next big thing on campus: wikis.

"The wiki, which got its name from the Hawaiian word for 'quick,' is the scrappy little brother to the blog, an interactive Web page that can be changed by anyone who stumbles upon it. While blogs let people publish their thoughts online, wikis take things a step further, creating freewheeling, collaborative communities: Students can edit one another's work, bounce ideas around or link to infinite other Web sites."

Susan Kinzie. Blogging Clicks With Colleges. WashingtonPost.com. March 11, 2005.

(Editor’s Note: The Post allows free access to their stories on the Web for 14 days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archives.)

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OJR Launches Journalism Wikis

"Today, OJR launches a new feature, designed to help 'grassroots' journalists, bloggers, students and other Web publishers without formal journalism training to write more accurate and informative content.

"We start with three tutorials, intended to help a beginner write and report clearly, accurately and ethically. But these are not static lessons. Instead, we present them as wikis, articles that any OJR registered user can add to or edit."

Robert Niles. OJR introduces New Wikis on Journalism. Online Journalism Review. March 8, 2005.

See also:
Online Journalism Review. Ethics.

Online Journalism Review. Reporting.

Online Journalism Review. Writing.

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March 09, 2005

Wikipedia: Open Source in Purest Form

"Four years ago, a wealthy options trader named Jimmy Wales set out to build a massive online encyclopedia ambitious in purpose and unique in design. This encyclopedia would be freely available to anyone. And it would be created not by paid experts and editors, but by whoever wanted to contribute. With software called Wiki - which allows anybody with Web access to go to a site and edit, delete, or add to what's there - Wales and his volunteer crew would construct a repository of knowledge to rival the ancient library of Alexandria.

"In 2001, the idea seemed preposterous. In 2005, the nonprofit venture is the largest encyclopedia on the planet. Wikipedia offers 500,000 articles in English - compared with Britannica's 80,000 and Encarta's 4,500 - fashioned by more than 16,000 contributors. Tack on the editions in 75 other languages, including Esperanto and Kurdish, and the total Wikipedia article count tops 1.3 million."

Daniel H. Pink. The Book Stops Here. Wired. March 2005.

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March 08, 2005

Media Landscape Faces Change

"For me, the defining moment at the 'Blogging, Journalism and Credibility' conference held at Harvard recently came in an exchange between Jimmy Wales, creator of Wikipedia, and Jill Abramson, managing editor of The New York Times. Abramson was responding to the idea that blogs could displace traditional news-gathering organizations. 'Do you know how much it takes to run our Baghdad operation?' she asked. 'One million dollars.'

"Wales responded that the Encyclopedia Britannica is a $350 million operation but Wikipedia is 'kicking its butt.'"

David Weinberger. Blogs and the Values of Journalism. KM World. March 2005.

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March 05, 2005

Blogs & Wikis for Enterprise Applications

"It would be difficult to find anyone who spends time on the Internet, or indeed who reads newspapers, who has not heard of blogs. Wikis are less well known, though Wikipedia, the free online collaborative encyclopedia is helping to change that.

"The vast majority of blogs are individual personal journals, many of which have some technical content, but most of which are made up of individual opinions about politics or hobbies. Most of the discussion about blogs is centered around their affect on mainstream journalism, their power as a new communication channel and voice of the people, and how this will impact society.

"All this is interesting, but what does it have to do with implementing content or knowledge management, or enterprise collaboration applications?"

Lauren Wood. Blogs & Wikis: Technologies for Enterprise Applications?. The Gilbane Report. March 2005.

Related:
Lost Boy. Bootstrapping a Corporate Wiki. Feb. 1, 2005.

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March 01, 2005

Interview With Founder of Blogdigger

"As I’ve mentioned in the past, Blogdigger is one of my favourite RSS search engines, and since I had the chance to interview Greg Gershman, founder of Blogdigger itself, I couldn’t let this chance go by."

Sid Yadav. Interview With Greg Gershman, Founder of Blogdigger. The Daily Rundown. Feb. 22, 2005.

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February 26, 2005

BBC's Implementation of Digital Collaboration

"Late last year I paid a visit to Euan Semple in the BBC Digilabs, and he has graciously allowed me to interview him about the very forward-looking way in which 'Auntie' is taking the new on board and putting it to meaningful use."

broadbandblog.net. London Blogging. Feb. 24, 2005.

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February 24, 2005

Wikipedia's Growth Raises Concerns

"Wikipedia is a dynamic, online encyclopedia that allows users to create and edit their own entires. Volunteers then fact-check the entires to ensure accuracy. NPR's Laura Sydell reports that as Wikipedia has grown dramatically in popularity, some have begun to question its accuracy."

National Public Radio. Wikipedia's Growth Comes with Concerns. Weekend Edition. Feb. 20, 2005.

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February 23, 2005

Librarians Value Online Communities

"Last February I was introduced to Bob Spence from the Carnegie Library in Ballinger, TX. Ballinger is a town of about 4000, smack-dab in the middle of the state. Right off, Spence told me he'd been 'cramming to learn the how-tos' ever since he'd started in his new role as library director, only six months before.

"In subsequent months, Spence shared his goal to have Ballinger's library become "the most practical public library in West Texas." He asked for advice on involving his library board, cataloging relevant web sites, and, in true Texas form, his struggle with 'wearing so many hats.'

"Since the onslaught of Internet services, all librarians have been struggling to incorporate new types of information, formats, and skills into our work, for both ourselves and our patrons. We exercise our professional skills, judgments, expertise, and even "share" an awful lot online, but perhaps we've missed an important point in all the technology hubbub—one that's fundamental to our ethics and practice in librarianship: we must be present and connected with our patrons and each other. What if we were all 'here, listening and learning,' like Bob Spence, in our online community?"

Chrystie R. Hil. Everything I Need To Know I Learned Online. Library Journal. Feb. 15, 2005.

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February 16, 2005

Online Social Networks 2005

"Online Social Networks 2005, going on now through February 23rd, is a summit for all those interested in working with social networking processes, tools, and media. In addition to attending many workshops, panels, and presentations by leading experts and practitioners, attendees will have the opportunity to be part of a community with a significant role in defining the future direction of online social networking.

"During the OSN2005 summit a manifesto will be created and published describing what is wanted and needed from online social networking tools.

"Attendees will be invited to participate in a series of focus groups to provide feedback on current OSN technology and articulate specific suggestions for future features and developments. A series of White papers based on these focus groups will be shared with venture investors who want to know where to place their bets in this industry."

Online Conference. Online Social Networks 2005. Feb. 9-23, 2005.

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February 15, 2005

New Web Tools Make Online Work Easier

"This scenario is all too familiar to office workers who collaborate electronically on projects: E-mails get passed around with differing versions of documents-in-progress attached. Instant messages whizz by. Web sites are cited, then lost. It's often a jumbled mess, with no central online location for shared data. There must be a better way.

"A new crop of tools aims to help turn the Web - be it on the public Internet or a company network - into much more than a collection of documents one visits like a museum: Look, but don't touch.

"'We're turning the Web into a conversation,' said Glenn Reid, chief executive and founder of Five Across Inc.

"Reid's startup and several other companies will offer their visions for accomplishing that on stage at the DEMO conference in Arizona, an annual showcase of tech innovation."

Associated Press. New Tools Making Online Work Easier. MarketWatch.com. Feb. 13, 2005.

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February 14, 2005

Google Proposes to Host Wikipedia Project

"Wiki Media Foundation, the group behind the Wikipedia online encyclopedia project, said Friday that search giant Google has volunteered to host some of its content on company servers.

"In a notice posted to the nonprofit organization's Web site, the group, also known as Wikimedia, said its board of directors is currently considering the terms of Google's offer and plans to meet with the search company sometime in March.

"The group was quick to point out that any relationship established with Google would not require it to begin advertising on its Web site."

Matt Hines. Google May Host Encyclopedia Project. News.com. Feb. 11, 2005.

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February 12, 2005

Wikinews: An Experiment in Collaborative News

"You may, in the course of reading this article, spot a factual error that made it to press. A certain bit of grammar may makes you bristle, or you may think the writing is biased. But by now the ink has dried; all you can do is send an e-mail message or a letter of complaint.

"If this article had been published on Wikinews, a Web site begun recently, there would be something more you could do: change it, fix it, expand it or delete it.

"Wikinews (www.wikinews.org) is an experiment in collaborative news gathering and reporting, and the latest in a collection of Wikis (pronounced WIK-eez or WEEK-eez) under the umbrella of Wikimedia, which cultivates free and open information resources written by its users."

Aaron Weiss. The Unassociated Press. The New York Times. Feb. 10, 2005.

(Editor’s Note: The Times allows free access to their stories on the Web for seven days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archive.)

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January 28, 2005

Google Launches Video Search Beta

"Google Inc. plans to unveil today a test version of a way for computer users to search the content of television programs, the next step in the company's efforts to make information available to computer users from a growing number of sources.

"For Google, which has indexed more than 8 billion documents on the Internet, the TV venture is in keeping with its strategy to expand the universe of data that can be searched to include information not already online.

"Dubbed Google Video, the new TV service is limited, since it provides only still shots and texts of certain programs broadcast since December on the Public Broadcasting Service, C-SPAN, Fox News and certain other stations. The company's long-term strategy is to enable computer users not only to search for still shots and text from television programs but also to provide them with a way to replay TV programs on their computers, although it is unclear how long that might take to become available."

David A. Vise. Google to Release TV Search Service. WashingtonPost.com. Jan. 25, 2005.

See also:
Matt Hicks. Google Launches Video Search. eWeek. Jan. 25, 2005.

Gary Price. A Look At Other Web Video Search Tools. SearchEngineWatch. Jan. 25, 2005.

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January 13, 2005

Wiki Co-founder Discusses Open Source Journalism

"Can Internet volunteers improve journalism? Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy 'Jimbo' Wales is out to find out.

"Wikipedia is a very successful online encyclopedia written and edited by thousands of volunteers. Now they are trying the collaborative wiki process on news. The project, called Wikinews, is in its early stages and faces clear challenges, from the difficulty of doing original reporting to delivering news quickly in a peer review model.

"Wikinews is just one of several wiki-related efforts--from an online dictionary to freely available textbooks--being run by the nonprofit Wiki Media Foundation. But Wikinews appears to be the project in development getting the most attention--at least from journalists.

"Wales spoke to CNET News.com about Wikinews and the 'burgeoning culture' around wikis."

Martin LaMonica. Open-Sourcing the News. News.com. Jan. 7, 2004.

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November 11, 2004

Political Mudslinging Hits Wikipedia

"It's a rocky road from news to history. If you don't think so, just take a look at the entry for George W. Bush on Wikipedia, the collaborative online encyclopedia founded in 2001 by Larry Sanger, a philosophy lecturer at Ohio State University, and Jimmy Wales, an Internet entrepreneur.

"Wikipedia, maintained by users all over the world who write and edit the entries pretty much as they wish, is visited by hundreds of thousands of people daily and has an estimated 400,000 entries. There are no user fees and no advertising: the site is supported by the nonprofit Wikimedia Foundation, based in Florida, which maintains and develops free resources, including a dictionary and a collection of quotations.

"To keep it all under control, contributors to the Wikipedia are instructed to adopt a neutral point of view. Not everyone obeys, though. So certain trusted, regular contributors and editors become administrators who oversee what is going on. But each one has a different view of that job. And that is where the fun begins."

Sarah Boxer. Mudslinging Weasels Into Online History. The New York Times. Nov. 10, 2004.

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November 09, 2004

AlwaysOn Pushes Open Source Media Model

"To date, most enterprise social networking systems have had limited success in bridging the gap to customers. Vendors such as LinkedIn, Spoke Software and Visible Path have created enterprise social networking systems that enable users to navigate their personal networks to find a contact within a target prospective customer.

"Unfortunately, these systems are very 'one-way' in nature, benefiting the salesperson without necessarily providing any benefits to the individuals who are being contacted. As a result, some individuals have equated receiving inquiries from one of these networks as yet another new type of unsolicited commercial email, or spam.

In contrast, the enterprise social networking capabilities within AlwaysOn are very different. They enable customers (in this case, readers) to participate directly in the creation of the product. Readers can and do send messages directly to the authors of postings as well as each other, adding their affirmation or challenges to the site's content in real time."

Christopher Carfi. Social Networking Systems and Wikis Engage The Social Customer. IT Toolbox. Nov. 3, 2004.

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October 30, 2004

What Makes a Wiki Work?

"It has no editors, no fact checkers and anyone can contribute an entry - or delete one. It should have been a recipe for disaster, but instead Wikipedia became one of the internet's most inspiring success stories. It might seem like anarchy. And, given the lack of central control, it technically is. However, there are three elements that make it work.

"The first is its ownership, and lack of commercial imperative. The site is manned by volunteers, and now owned by a foundation, which means people willingly give their time and intellectual property to the venture. It manages to run on less than $100,000 a year.

"The second is that the overriding editorial principle that all articles should show a "Neutral point of view' (NpoV). According to Wales, this is as much 'a social technique for getting people to work together" as it is an editorial policy.

"The third - and perhaps most critical - has been the evolution of an incredibly intricate and democratic social order to keep this vast sprawling project in order."

Simon Waldman. Who Knows?. The Guardian. Oct. 26, 2004.

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October 26, 2004

Wiki Projects Expand

"Jimmy Wales, 38, a computer programmer in St. Petersburg, Fla., is trying to make the entire concept of a printed reference book obsolete. Three years ago he created the Wikipedia, a free online encyclopedia that draws articles not from a sequestered brain trust of academics but from the great unwashed: thousands of Internet users around the world who freely add to and edit the site. It's one part reference tool, one part fascinating social experiment.

"Wikipedia just roared past 1 million total articles (300,000 in English, the rest mostly in 40 other languages), making it the world's largest encyclopedia—three times the size of the 233-year-old Britannica.

"Wales is also expanding into projects like the Wiktionary (a dictionary and thesaurus), Wikibooks (textbooks and manuals) and Wikiquote(quotations). The goal: to give 'every single person free access to the sum of all human knowledge.'"

Brad Stone. It's Like a Blog, But It's a Wiki. Newsweek. Nov. 1, 2004.

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October 19, 2004

Evite Broadens Its Social Circle

"The event-planning service Evite unveiled a redesigned site that lets people create electronic networks of friends to share recommendations about eateries, nightclubs and other hangouts. Evite partnered with Citysearch to get local business listings; both companies are owned by Barry Diller's InterActive Corp.

"Evite's makeover is part of its drive to become the Internet's Union Station of social planning."

Leslie Walker. Services Help Social Networks Get Connected. WashingtonPost.com. Oct. 17, 2004.

See also:
Bambi Francisco. Excite Founders Unveil JotSpot. CBS MarketWatch. Oct. 6, 2004.

Web Services Pipeline. Excite Co-Founders Turn Wikis Into Development Platform. Oct. 15, 2004. (Chronicles the purpose and development of JotSpot.)

(Editor’s Note: The Post allows free access to their stories on the Web for 14 days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archives.)

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October 18, 2004

Social Software History & Timeline

"The term 'social software', which is now used to define software that supports group interaction, has only become relatively popular within the last two or more years. However, the core ideas of social software itself enjoy a much longer history, running back to Vannevar Bush's ideas about 'memex' in 1945, and traveling through terms such as Augmentation, Groupware, and CSCW in the 1960s, 70s, 80s, and 90s.

"By examining the many terms used to describe today's 'social software' we can also explore the origins of social software itself, and see how there exists a very real life cycle concerning the use of technical terminology."

Life with Alacrity. Tracing the Evolution of Social Software. Oct. 13, 2004.

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Political Wiki Wars

"Wikis, touted as the next big thing in online content, have become the latest battleground in the presidential election as users of online encyclopedia Wikipedia, the best-known wiki, squabble over entries related to President George W. Bush and Democratic challenger John Kerry, the junior senator from Massachusetts.

"Disputes over content related to Mr. Bush and Mr. Kerry have been growing since August, prompting the popular reference site’s administrators to warn users last month that election-related entries may be the focus of 'contention and debate – possibly diminishing their neutrality.

"Wikipedia community members held an online town hall meeting last month to try to solve the disputes over the entries, to no avail."

No author. Wiki Wars. Red Herring. Oct. 14, 2004.

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October 12, 2004

The Wiki as an Application Development Platform

"The co-founders of early search engine and portal Excite.com are bringing a new concept to the Web: the wiki as an application development platform.

"JotSpot Inc., the brainchild of Joe Kraus and Graham Spencer, was unveiled here on Wednesday during the Web 2.0 conference and began offering invitation-only access to a beta of its hosted wiki.

"JotSpot combines more typical wiki functions— collaborative editing, version control, support for attachments and full-text search—with a tool for writing applications and tying together outside data from RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds, e-mail and Web pages.

Matt Hicks. Startup Turns Wikis into Development Platform. eWeek. Oct. 6, 2004.

See also:
Rob Hof. Do-It-Yourself Software for All?. BusinessWeek Online. Oct. 6, 2004.

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October 02, 2004

Microsoft Announces FlexWiki

"Earlier than scheduled, Microsoft Corp. has gone public with its announcement of its third open-source code contribution to SourceForge. Microsoft's mystery contribution? FlexWiki.

"Late Monday evening, SourceForge posted information on Microsoft's FlexWiki code to its software repository.

"FlexWiki is an experimental collaboration tool based on WikiWiki, which is a tool for collaborating on common Web pages."

Mary Jo Foley. FlexWiki: Microsoft's Third Open Software Project. eWeek. Sept. 28,2004.

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September 30, 2004

Wikis Allow Knowledge-Sharing

"Taran Rampersad didn't complain when he failed to find anything on his hometown in the online encyclopedia Wikipedia is unique for an encyclopedia because anybody can add, edit and even erase. And the Wikipedia is just one,albeit the best known, of a growing breed of Internet knowledge-sharing communities called Wikis.

"Though for now largely the domain of techies, Wikis are poised to become what blogs have turned into--still in the Internet avant garde yet widespread enough to be influential."

Anick Jesdanuna. 'Wikis' Offer Knowledge-Sharing Online. USA Today. Sept. 26, 2004.

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September 29, 2004

Moving the Ball Forward With Web Services

"There are several practical ways in which the LIS (Library and Information Science) community can both exploit the content of RSS, and improve their services through the presentation and re-presentation of RSS feeds. These do not amount to a revolution, but rather represent a step on the path to better information services, and one which takes advantage of advances in technology."

Gerry McKiernan. Rich Site Services: Web Feeds for Extended Information and Library Services. LLRX.com. Sept. 20, 2004.

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September 21, 2004

Wikipedia Announces One Millionth Article

The Wikimedia Foundation announced today the creation of the one millionth article in Wikipedia, its project to create a free, open-content, online encyclopedia .

"Started in January 2001, Wikipedia is currently both the world's largest encyclopedia and its fastest-growing, with articles under active development in over 100 languages.

"Nearly 2,500 new articles are added to Wikipedia each day, along with ten times that number of updates to existing articles."

The Wikimedia Foundation. Wikipedia Reaches One Million Articles. Sept. 20, 2004.

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September 20, 2004

Wikis Allow Cost Savings

"Software developer Xten Networks Inc. has an edge when it comes to meeting deadlines: a Web-based collaboration system called a Wiki, which has shortened its product development time by 20 per cent.

"Xten develops voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) software, and its development team is scattered across two continents. A Wiki 'was the best way not only to disseminate information but to allow developers to interact and provide input' between offices in California, British Columbia and Sweden, president Erik Lagerway says.

"In addition to running an employees-only Wiki that is protected by a firewall, Xten used a Wiki platform to beta test its latest VoIP software product, eyeBeam. The code was made available to potential customers such as large telcos and cable carriers, who explored it and published feedback to the Wiki.

Natasha Netschay Davies. Wiki Software Provides Free Shortcut to Cost Savings. The Globe & Mail. Sept. 16, 2004.

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September 11, 2004

Open Minds on Open Source

The Wisdom Project, the world's only open source think tank and founded by Matthew Ready, has announced the World's First Open Source Think Tank.

The purpose of this project is to foster knowledge and distribute wisdom. The Open Source model allows open dialogue for anyone who wishes to contribute ideas and insights. By using an innovative combination of e-forum and wiki technology, the Wisdom Project's open problem solving process is able to address the following questions over and over:

What are the most important problems?
What are the best solutions to those problems?
What can I do to help implement those solutions?

The Wisdom Project. The World's First Open Source Think Tank Empowers Ordinary People to Express and Develop Extraordinary Ideas. Sept. 9, 2004.

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Double-Checking Wiki Informaton is a Must

"Wikipedia has more than 340,000 articles, written by a sprawling online community. Researchers are testing its veracity, while plans proceed for fact-checking it formally. Can journalists trust Wikipedia, and can collaboration software such as wikis improve newsgathering?"

Mark Glaser. Collaborative Conundrum: Do Wikis Have a Place in the Newsroom?. Online Journalism Review. Sept. 9, 2004.

Editor's Note: Interesting enough, CNN cites Wikipedia throughout a recent article which updates the U.N. Security Council's official terrorist list.)

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September 10, 2004

Sharing Knowledge Through Wikis

"One of the Internet's more fascinating social experiments was born at a time when it seemed all the dot-coms were dying. Wikipedia, a free online encyclopedia started in January 2001, has since surprised Web watchers by maturing into a popular reference site.

"Wikipedia's success is particularly remarkable because unlike regular Web sites, it is created entirely by the people who visit it. With more than 340,000 English-language articles, this community-edited encyclopedia is already considerably larger than its leading rival, the Encyclopedia Britannica, which offers 75,000 articles online in a subscription service.

"Yet some worry that because it charges users nothing, this new-age reference work may siphon readership away from old-school encyclopedias and take a devastating bite out of their revenue -- without delivering the same levels of accuracy and quality."

Leslie Walker. Spreading Knowledge, The Wiki Way. WashingtonPost.com. Sept. 9, 2004.

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September 09, 2004

Investment in Social Software

"Something about late summer, or the smell of fall, makes Silicon Valley venture capitalists turn into lemmings and rush in collective frenzy toward the latest new Internet sector.

"Last year, the VC big-swingers Sequoia Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Benchmark and Mayfield converged upon social networking start-ups.

"They threw millions to the likes of faddish Friendster, LinkedIn and Tribe Networks, all of which hooked up users with their friends or professional contacts, and to their friends' friends and contacts, and so on.

"Those companies are still figuring out how to make serious money."

Matt Marshall. Social Software Gets the Money This Fall. The Mercury News. Sept. 7, 2004.

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August 13, 2004

Wired News Interviews Dan Gillmor

"As columnist with the San Jose Mercury News, veteran Silicon Valley reporter Dan Gillmor has covered the bubble, boom, bust and continuing evolution of the tech industry for over a decade.

"Along the way, he has become an increasingly influential voice in exploring how technology changes media -- and how it changes us in the process.

"Wired News spoke with Gillmor while he was on the road in Europe."

Xeni Jardin. We're All Journalists Now. Wired News. Aug, 11, 2004.

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July 23, 2004

Social Networking Preludes Tools

"At what point do more people joining an online social network or using a social software tool cause more harm than good?

"While the answer may be elusive, panelists at the Supernova 2004 conference here agreed that the social dynamics around the use of burgeoning collaboration tools such as online social networking services, Weblogs and wikis are often as important as, if not more important than, the technologies themselves.

"Technologists need to delve into theories of group dynamics to make the new tools useful."

Matt Hicks. Social Issues Surround Social Software. eWeek. June 25, 2004.

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June 07, 2004

Wikis Gone Wild

"The amazing thing is that wikis work at all. Created in 1995 by Oregon programmer Ward Cunningham, who named them for the "Wiki-Wiki," or "quick" shuttle buses at Honolulu Airport, wikis are special Web sites on which anyone can post material without knowing arcane programming languages. Likewise, anyone can edit them. This can lead to mischief: Jokers have posted images of male anatomy on Wikipedia. But graffiti is usually gone within minutes, because the previous version of a page can be restored with a click. In sensitive corporate situations, access can be controlled, too.

"That's one reason the onetime nerd novelty is infiltrating the corporate world. Peter Thoeny, creator of TWiki, a leading open-source wiki program, says at least 35,000 people have downloaded TWiki since 2001. Two-thirds of his programs are going into businesses -- Walt Disney, SAP, and Motorola among them."

Robert D. Hof. Something Wiki This Way Comes. Business Week. June 7, 2004.

Robert D. Hof. Wikis' Winning Ways. Business Week Online. June 7, 2004.

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May 27, 2004

Finding a Middle Ground for Social Software

"The other day, a CIO was complaining about how users at his company were running roughshod over corporate systems and networks. The most recent problems came to light when a network failure cut off e-mail and Web access throughout the company's far-flung operations.

"Instead of simply calling it a day, creative employees quickly implemented workarounds. One group installed a quick and dirty Wiki to enable team communications. Another took advantage of America Online Inc.'s Instant Messenger application to route files and messages between geographically remote employees. Others used Web e-mail and wireless networking to keep the company's business flowing."

"The CIO moved quickly to lock down corporate desktops and laptops to prohibit users from installing unapproved software. It's not the first time I've seen such a dramatic, knee-jerk response to user-supplied productivity tools."

Jim Louderback. Finding Middle Ground in Office Use of Collaboration Tools. eWeek. May 24, 2004.

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