Sunday, December 14, 2008

Wikis all around the world and all the way

This CPsquare conference announcement from John Smith was sent to CPsquare members today. This is an edited version of what John sent out. There will likely be a registration fee for non-members, which is usually about the cost of a membership. :-)

Wikis all around the world and all the way

How does YOUR community use its wiki? Does it have one? Could it use a wiki more effectively? What would be the implications of adding a wiki or stimulating its use in various ways?

CPsquare's January conference is about wikis and these very questions. In the tradition of all CPsquare activities, there are many ways to get involved. Each session needs a host and a summarizer so consider signing up for a job.

"Wiki all around the world and all the way" will be a short, intensive internet based conference that's a follow-on to CPsquare's Long Live the Platform conference in January of 2008. We will look at wikis from the perspective of communities of practice and as tools for communities. How do wikis work as the principal platform for a community? as an add-on or auxiliary tool? What is the logic of a wiki as a tool for community use? Where did wikis come from and how are they evolving? What other tools work with wikis? What are some of the commercial and open source offerings? What kind of integration issues do communities experience when other tools are added on to a wiki or when a wiki is added on to another tool? Are there some communities that take more naturally to using wikis than others? Are there strategies for hastening wiki adoption in a wiki?

Here's a tentative schedule. Only confirmed names are included. All teleconferences will be at 20:00 GMT.

Jan 7 - conference opening: wiki videos and resources, open wiki sandbox - basic wiki resources
Jan 9 - Wiki basics: KM4Dev? and Kehilliyot (Naava Frank / Caren Levine)
Jan 12 - The wiki core and its evolution - Ward Cunningham
Jan 14 - Wiki as community platform
Jan 16 - Wiki as platform element: Moodle and Ecco (Sylvia Currie on SCoPE / Moodle & Eric Sauve Ecco's wiki, and how we integrate SharePoint wiki into our system)

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