Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Wikimania at eLearnDevCon

My wiki session just ended. I rcv'd lots of possitive feedback. Thanks to all who attended. For those of you that missed it, I will be doing it again tomorrow afternoon. You should also consider attending my Learning2.0 session tomorrow morning.
Some items of interested that were discussed today:
The Heavy Metal Umlat video by John Udell
List of opensource wiki engines
Some interesting points for me were that there are some IT departments that DON'T know what wikis are. Other companies have IT departments that are afraid to even implement a wiki on their intranet. The only thing I can think of is that there are other political/power struggles occuring within those companies. Here are the experts talking at Wikimania2006...
this from Andrew McAfee
Ross Mayfield said that in four years of building wikis for corporations Socialtext has seen precisely 0 trolls and 0 instances of vandalism. I was astonished by this and polled the entire room. No one reported even a single instance of counterproductive behavior on the wiki.

As I've written before, one of the advantages the Intranet has over the Internet is that people within companies share a culture and norms, and are usually quite reluctant to overturn them. In addition, vandals and trolls can usually be easily identified behind the firewall. So perhaps I shouldn't have been so suprised that employees aren't using corporate wikis to act out.

Check out the following blogs to hear more about the wikimania panel discussion on enterprise wikis:
Josh Bancroft, Ross Mayfield, Andrew McAfee, Ned Gulley, Michael Idinopulos

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