Why Wikis Are Cool (audio)

Well, for the first time in a couple of months I’ve produced a new podcast. Sorry about the gap. I’m still finding my way in this new medium.

Anyway, here’s what I didn’t have time to say about wikis at last night’s event.

LISTEN NOW! Right-click that link to download the MP3 audio file. 2.8M, about 12 minutes.

Links mentioned in this show…

  • Da Vinci Institute: A forward-thinking groups I’ve recently gotten involved with in the Denver area. About that event.
  • Handout from my talk last night.
  • Wikipedia: Popular and useful example of a public, open wiki-based project.
  • Definition of wikis from Wikipedia.
  • Evidence of Wikipedia’s growing mainstream credibility:A Castro ally with oil cash vexes the US,” Christian Science Monitor, May 20, 2005, by Danna Harman. Check out the source of the timeline sidebar.
  • My earlier rant about ugly wikis. The tools are getting much better!
  • VoodooPad: My current favorite wiki tool. This is the infrastructure for my “backup brain.” Mac only.
  • MediaWiki:m Popular open-source wiki tool (free). This is the infrastructure for Wikipedia.
  • Wikidpad: Wiki for the Windows desktop. I don’t use it, but lots of people I know like it.
  • Seedwiki and EditMe: Two inexpensive hosted (web-based) wiki services with nice interfaces.
  • Catherine Dold, my colleague, friend, and occasional collaborator on various projects.

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  1. Yay! It’s such a thrill when I discover that, overnight, one of my favourite podcasts has automagically appeared in my iTunes! Great show (as ever); and, to mind, this was an excellent choice of topic – I’ve used wikis, but only sparingly, partly because I’ve struggled to see how they are relevant to what I do (other thanas a consumer of wiki content) yet this show gave me some two or three excellent methods by which I might apply them. And the audio complements and magnifies (rather than just merely duplicates) what you wrote in your handout. Many thanks, Amy!

  2. Thanks for this one, Amy. Like Koan Bremmer above, I’d dabbled a bit in the wiki thing, but your podcast led me to VoodooPad, which has revolutionized the process of To-Do List-making around here. Let’s hope it will revolutionize my work habits as well. . . .