Ed Taekema - Road Warrior Collaboration 30.7.2004

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A blog looking at business communication, knowledge management, scripting tools, OS technology news and other things of interest to mobile tech workers. As I find interesting news this will also contain pointers to thoughts related to configuration managment, change management and general software development.

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Wikis Are Not Unstructured

This Post sparked some interesting comments about "problems" with the implementation of Wikis. Here is one I hear all the time:

The total lack of structure annoys me to no end. Maybe the people who build and evangelize wikis prefer that; they seem to find it a strength. I think they've just ended up building a tool that's great for people who think the way they do but not for others. I _want_ structure. Communicating and working out ideas is difficult enough that I have no use for a tool that simply flops everything down on the ground in a big tangle.

From my point of view, a well established wiki is not unstructured at all. Rather, the structure is community developed and owned. The point is not structure vs. no structure, but ownership. In a healthy wiki the structure emerges out of the culture of the wiki's community.

[Via Preoccupations]

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WSJ: Altering How Employees Work Together

I understand that Kara Swisher has a great article at the WSJ ... is there a full text somewhere for those of us without a subscription?

Kara Swisher, in this morning's Wall Street Journal, writes about how 'Wiki' May Alter How Employees Work Together : Enter the wiki, which has aims to revive the idea of the "writable Web," which was how the medium itself was originally conceived by many of its earliest proponents. Using simple software, it allows anyone with Web access to post a page of information that is accessible to anyone else in the same group or organization. Others in the group can then...


Still haven't found the article on-line anwhere but here is a good review of the WSJ article.

posted at 02:43:12    #
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