Some Wiki Examples

While you are working on your own wiki projects, I thought it might be interesting to look at some other examples of wikis available online:

The Sunlight Foundation is a US organization dedicated to using NITs to help citizens better work with their elected representatives, to increase government transparency, and to reduce corruption. They are experimenting with wiki technology to try to engage citizens in the legislative process. Their Open Government Agenda wiki is intended to be “an initial testing of the waters” to see how wikis might bring citizens into the process of writing laws.

WikiHow is a collaborative online how-to manual. As its developers say,

“Our mission is to provide free and useful instructions to help people solve the problems of everyday life. As of this minute, wikiHow contains 16,683 articles. New articles are created every day and the existing articles are gradually improved by volunteer contributors. In time we envision this huge how to manual providing free, unbiased, accurate instructions on almost every topic imaginable.”

Freedom of Speech Online is a project created by journalism students at Columbia University. They created an initial skeleton for a story on freedom of speech online and are asking people to collaborate on writing the story, whether by adding facts and experiences or by editing. They plan to publish the resulting story in late March.

Wikinomics is a project examining the economic implications of mass collaboration through NITs. The project website is center for the online version of a book by the same title written by Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams. They make the first chapter of the book available for free download, and have invited readers to participate in writing the 11th chapter of the book using wiki collaboration.

JournaWiki is a wiki project on “anything relevant to journalism.”

Politicopia is a wiki that “gives people a solid handle on the Utah Legislature. Users create summaries of bills, pro and con arguments, comments, links, and more.”

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