Wednesday Mar 07, 2007

Wiki's are dead - long live the Wiki community model

 

As part of our CE 2.0 project we have deployed a large Wiki for our technical community called CEpedia.
In just a few month it got very popular and the contributed content is nearly doubling every month.

So why are Wikis dead ?

Let's have a look at the history of the  Wiki phenomenon . It started in 1995!  as the WikiWikiWeb 
and in 2002 wikipedia, the most famous Wiki was born.

The main  characteristics of a Wiki are:

Objectives
How it is implemented
Easy to contribute
any user can contribute/edit a wiki page
Easy to edit
Wiki markup language
Easy to structure
Categories
Easy to manage
versioning and easy  rollback

This looks all great but the technology is over 10 years old and the Internet technology has evolved quite dramatically.
It seems that some of the obvious advantages like "easy to edit" turns into the opposite direction AND we  might create a certain legacy to maintain Wiki markup and HTML!

An example - I had the pleasure to train some of our  management on how to use CEpedia and how to author a wiki page.

While it should be  not a problem for a technical person to use the Wiki markup language - for a non technical person it is a night mare!  Just try to explain  how to  create   a table in the Wiki markup language.....

Today you would use a simple WYSIWYG editor and publish it to your Wiki system.
This is a nice thought but we have not yet found a WYSIWYG editor for a mediawiki which can properly scope with Wiki & HTML markup...

and is this the right approach ? Should we really support various markup languages to create/maintain web content?

o.k - here are my predictions:

Objective Wiki
Web 2.0+ 
 Easy to contribute
any user can contribute/edit a wiki pageWiki or Web Content Management System (CMS) with ACL and ATOM feed
 Easy to editwiki markup language
HTML+ and ATOM feed
 Easy to structure
Categories
Tags, folksonomies, (Ontologies)
 Easy to manage
versioning & rollback

Wiki CMS, WEB CMS (like Drupal) & ATOM feed

Conclusion: The Wiki community model will stay - the technology will change  

 

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