Some of this is new, a bit of it is quite old, ‘cause I do my link roundups by hand…
- Trending Topics is like an open source Wikirank (via)
- Stack Overflow is doing it right! They’ve released their programming Q&A data under the CC-BY-SA license, and made it available via bittorrent. I look forward to seeing the interesting results are found.
- Wow, MSM actually published an op-ed from someone sympathetic to Creative Commons! And an author no less!
- I previously mentioned a wiki that uses a skin to imitate Wikipedia (Monobook inspired); turns out MoinMoin also has such a theme.
- CommonTag is “a new tagging format that creates references to concretely defined concepts with their own metadata and URLs”. I have a sinking suspicion it is geeks trying to create the ontology of the world yet again. Didn’t anyone notice yet that we’re coping just fine without it? (via)
- The National Library of Australia has released its SBDS Prototype — “Explore Australian collections and worldwide online sources”. Looks like a great way to find sources and references on Australian topics. (via)
- An interesting old (Dec 2007) post called Why Community Matters by ‘JimJag’, co-founder and current chair of the Apache Software Foundation (substitute ‘content’ for ‘code’ below and see if you think it’s true for Wikipedia):
[O]ne core fundamental of the ASF which is often misunderstood is the idea of “community over code”.
Some people take this to mean is that as long as the community is healthy, then it doesn’t matter whether the code is good or not. This is, of course, total crud. The phrase does not mean that at all, nor is that the intent of the ASF as well. Instead, the slogan refers to a basic truth that has long been proven, time and time again within the ASF (and elsewhere); That a healthy community creates world-class code. It also implies the necessary corollary: That unhealthy communities do not create sustainable world-class code. The key word is “sustainable”.
[…] A healthy community fosters and creates good, viable, sustainable code. Ergo: community over code.
- Hitler ‘Downfall’ parody for copyright geeks
- An open access journal called Open Medicine is publishing selected articles in its Open Medicine wiki. Peter Suber commented:
This is a very interesting experiment. The HTML and PDF versions of the peer-reviewed OM articles are not publicly editable, and will always be available for reading or reference no matter what users do to the modifiable version on the wiki. That should answer any worries that wikification will degrade quality. Now the question is whether wikification will improve quality.
This quality ratchet is a simple idea with significant consequences. It should enable riskfree experimentation with all sorts of Web 2.0 innovations, social networking, and collaborative research and writing. Some will fail to add value. That doesn’t matter. The point is not that all experiments will succeed but that this simple idea frees us to experiment.
- Kate Lundy is hosting an event on 22nd June, called Government 2.0: Policy and Practice for Australia (see also this post)
- Oh and two days later is Web 2.0 in government in Sydney! Lots of talking… let’s hope we see some action too.
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