To Boldly Go…
Yes, we Federated Wiki folks are at it again.
I’ve written about Mike Caulfield and Ward Cunningham efforts with the Wiki of the future, and now Mike is at it again.
The Federated Wiki is this wonderful hard-to-explain place where you can think and write and sythensize the thoughts and writings of others as well. As Mike has said, “It’s hard to learn and easy to use” (or something like that). I have described it like learning to ride a bike. At first, riding a bicycle seems terribly complicated with all the balancing, peddling, steering, and keeping your eye on the road all at the same time, and then all of a sudden
and then it is wonderfully easy. And freeing. And you can go anywhere you want with little effort.
That’s the Federated Wiki. (Fedwiki, for short).
But we in academia are an inpatient lot (and, too often, rather busy). We want to be able to ride that bike after the first try. And if we can’t, we move on to simpler, more intuitive rides. So Mike is working on a way to make the Fedwiki a bit easier to ride by helping the Fedwiki collaborate technologically with a platform with which academia is a bit more familiar — WordPress. There’s a bunch of technical
coding magic that must happen first, but in the mean time, he’s put a call out for WordPress pages to be written in a Fedwiki format to give him a sandbox of sorts to play with – a proof of concept, if you will.
I meekly signed on (hiding out in the comments section of Mike’s post).
Alyson Indrunas threw down a prolific challenge, and the old CogDog himself answered the call as well. I’m sure more will be along. It will be interesting to see what develops in this experiment as we answer Mike’s call to:
Write for reuse in this space. What you post should be easy for others to reuse on their site with modifications. So no posts trying to prove a personal point or narratives that wouldn’t make sense out of someone else’s mouth. You are contributing words to your wiki that someone else can use with minimal modification.
I can’t wait to see where the Wiki-prise goes next.