26
January
2005
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07:12 PM
Europe/Amsterdam

Quick Notes from the New Communication Forum

by Tom Foremski and Candida Kutz for SiliconValleyWatcher.com


Here are some quick notes from the workshop entitled “Forming Communities Online: Group & Conference Blogging & Wikis,” on the use of wikis and blogs within corporations to create online communities:


+ When you use a wiki for a collaborative project you can quickly identify who the slackers are because it is very clear who is working and who is not.


+ There are some interesting social effects that take place within organizations when wikis are used, and you might be surprised at how it affects an organization.


+ There are so many legal issues to be determined around who owns content, and how it can be used, that it can quickly get very confusing. Suggestion: Create a separate company for each project, which then separates it from the company's content and thus protects them from potential legal issues.


+ A wiki can be used as a knowledge base; and it rewards people who share knowledge instead of hoarding it. Previous knowledge management systems have all failed.


+ Don't be ambitious with a wiki project. Start off using a wiki for just one project.



+ Think of a wiki as a "room" where the users make the rules. They will be the ones deciding how it develops and how it looks.


+ Find a wiki gardener, to help encourage people to use the wiki and nurture its growth.


+ A wiki does not work well within a hierarchical top-down organization. It encourages a flat organization and you should let it build itself.


+ Consider the wiki as an adjunct to the blog.


Links:


Elizabeth Albrycht


Dan Forbush



Constantin Basturea


As an entreprise application, check out Socialtext


An especially easy-to-use wiki engine is EditMe


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