Let’s talk quickly about Wikis. What are they? Why are they cool? How have they changed the nature of collaborative knowledge creation?
We are going to be using a wiki to carry out the group assignment and I just wanted to reflect a bit on wiki nature.
This quick presentation is available on Slideshare.
Also please take a quick view of: Jimmy Wales – How a Ragtag Band of Volunteers Changed the World (2005)
Jimmy Wales (1966 – ) is an American Internet entrepreneur best known as a co-founder and promoter of the online non-profit encyclopedia Wikipedia and the for-profit Wikia web-hosting company. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in finance. While working as the research director of a Chicago futures and options firm in 1996, he and two partners founded Bomis, a male-oriented web portal featuring entertainment and adult content. The company would provide the initial funding for the peer-reviewed free encyclopedia Nupedia (2000–2003) and its successor, Wikipedia.
In 2001, with Larry Sanger and others, Wales launched Wikipedia, a free, open content encyclopedia that enjoyed rapid growth and popularity. Wales serves on the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit charitable organization he helped establish to operate Wikipedia, holding its board-appointed “community founder” seat.