Talking about community wikis

December 10, 2011 § 5 Comments

I recently came across Localwiki.org an open-source platform to drive community-based wikis. It currently powers Denton Wiki. It reminded my of one of my New Years work-related resolution from 2009 – to start a community Wiki.

That resolution never got anywhere, mostly because it didn’t really fit my schedule of projects and because at the time the process for setting up useful wiki was still daunting. The Local Wiki project seems to have solved that hurdle. From the demo video, it’s pretty feature rich and has a slick admin interface. Easy to set up pages, create templates, manage media files and a nice mapping feature.

In the next month or so I’m hoping we’ll be able to install this and start playing around with a local wiki.

In the meantime, we’ll need to start brainstorming to develop a framework of pages/categories and also develop a list of local agencies that could become partners. And I envision monthly meet-ups to keep the community involved and aware of the project.

Some early ideas for pages that fit our community:

  • History
  • Architecture
  • Sports
  • Wine
  • Agriculture
  • Schools
  • Arts
  • Music
  • Parks

I’ll be posting updates as we move forward.

I’d love to hear from anyone that has helped set up ¬†or is involved in maintaining a community wiki or if you have an upcoming project using Local Wiki.

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