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As last year was the year of the Weblog, this is the year of the Wiki. Jon Udell predicted that already in January. He talks about the Enterprise Wiki, but I think Wiki goes mainstream this year. Recent events proof this. There was the first Wikimania in Frankfurt. Jimmy Wales the founder of the Wikipedia presented Ten Things that will be free. He jokes, that he is like David Hasselhoff famous in Germany ๐Ÿ™‚ I love point three free curriculum: Wikibook Also LTIN (Long Tale Identification Numbers) makes a lot of sense and can be really liberating for many small inventors and manufacturers.

Then there was FooCamp run by the good folks of O’Reilly. The whole weekend is mainly organized using a Wiki. I had the privilege the last FoS Friends of SDN Camp to be part of it and it was a truly amazing experience. Because many people want to go there and space is very limited Ross Mayfield and friends over at Socialtext organized BarCamp in Palo Alto within just one week. To pull that off in such a short time frame was just amazing and only possible by coordinating it via their BarCamp Wiki.

Now with Hurricane Katrina again help is organized with the help of the Katrina Help Wiki.

Update: Forgot one of my favorite Screencast done by Jon Udell shows beautifully the evolution of a Wikipedia page in this case the Heavy Metal Umlaut. Not only that, but he has also documented the process on how to create a Screencast. Very nice.

As I noted in a comment to this post we have been spammed already too. Which on one hand I see as a sing of success ๐Ÿ™‚ on the other I hope that the SDN community is good enough to fend these attacks off easily. After all you just select the little black triangle Previous Version Triangle in the Wiki top line navigation. Your are now on the previous version of that page. Select edit and save and the last good version is the current one again. Easy.

For the second year in a row at SAP TechEd we are using a Wiki too to coordinate all the great events and SDNer contributions for the SDN Clubhouse:

Vienna (now even with session times):

Boston (times soon):

The Bangalore Wiki is starting to get populated too. Check it out.

What makes me a bit nervous is, that of the thousands of SDNers coming to SAP TechEd this year only two handful have posted that they are coming to the SDN Clubhouse: SAP TechEd Attendees Vienna , Coming to SAP TechEd ’05 Boston

Could it be that this is the best kept TechEd secret this year (again)? That would be really unfortunate with all these contributions coming from the community. Please spread the word. More details soon at a Weblog post near you ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Joerg Wegener
    Hi Mark,

    I come across more and more wikis as well. Spam protection is an issue though; public wikis (even the original one of Ward Cunningham) get spammed regularly.

    I use a personal wiki tool myself at home since a few days (VoodooPad), so for me it is indeed the year of the wiki ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Mark Finnern Post author
      Hi Joerg,

      You are so right, Wiki spam is a problem. we have been spammed already too. Which on one hand I see as a sing of success ๐Ÿ™‚ on the other I hope that the SDN community is good enough to fend these attachs off easily. After all you just select the little black triangle in the Wiki top line navigation. Your are now on the previous version of that page. Select edit and save and the last good version is the current one again. Easy.

      May be soon we find the time to integrate the Wiki into SDN, so that one needs an SDN user to post and it automatically knows you.

      Which reminds me of my favorite screencast that I forgot to mention in my post. Jon Udell’s: Heavy Metal Umlaut. http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell/gems/umlaut.html

      Really excellent use of that medium, Mark.

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  2. Former Member
    How about more SAP stuff, including books in a wiki?  Would be nice to be able to learn more without having to buy the books or wait for the books a long time.  Of course this is what the SDN is already doing and I appreciate that very much but it´s always welcome to have more isn´t it ๐Ÿ™‚ 

    Bjorn

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  3. Former Member
    Hi Marc:

    Good article about wikis.  I find wikipedia extremely useful.  In fact, I added some information about SAP’s listing (including a link to SDN!), and within 1 day, someone had improved the entry significantly.

    Also, I checked your link to “Heavy_Metal_Umlaut”, and was very pleased to see the image from Motörhead’s mind-blowing first album appear.  This masterwork of modern music comes highly recommended.

    Kudos!

    Ron

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