Category Archives: Wikimedia

WikiSym 2009: 6 minutes of WikiSym 2008!

Liked last year’s conference? Check out the full-length trailer!

From Open Space, to a fuller set of testimonials, to our great Social Events: watch the video and re-live your enjoyment.

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Why do participants attend WikiSym?

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Last year, I interviewed attendees why they attended WikiSym. Over the next few days drop in and see why this conference is a must for Companies, Consultants, Academics and Practitioners alike.

Martin Cleaver

Special Kudos to for sponsoring the Media portion of WikiSym 2009.

WikiSym 2009 Early Registration Deadline Approaching Fast!

It is less than two weeks now until the September 17th early registration deadline for WikiSym 2009, which will give you reduced fees and guaranteed participation!

Check out the WikiSym 2009 program full of research and experience talks, open space collaboration, tutorials and workshops, panels, demos, etc. You’ll get to see and meet the leaders of the field and get the chance to interact on topics of your interest in open space!

If you ready to register, please go ahead and register on the wiki and for the event.

WikiSym 2009 Paper: Wiki Credibility Enhancement

Authors: Felix Halim, Wu Yongzheng, and Roland Yap (National University of Singapore) (Singapore)

Abstract: Wikipedia has been very successful as an open encyclopedia which is editable by anybody. However, the anonymous nature of Wikipedia means that readers may have less trust since there is no way of verifying the credibility of the authors or contributors. We propose to automatically transfer external information about the authors from outside Wikipedia to Wikipedia pages. These additional information is meant to enhance the credibility of the content. For example, it could be the education level, professional expertise or aliation of the author. We do this while maintaining anonymity. In this paper, we present the design and architecture of such system together with a prototype.

WikiSym 2009 Paper: SAVVY Wiki: A Context-oriented Collaborative Knowledge Management System

Authors: Takafumi Nakanishi, Koji Zettsu, Yutaka Kidawara(NICT)(Japan), and Yasushi Kiyoki(NICT/Keio University)(Japan)

Abstract: This paper presents a new Wiki called SAVVY Wiki that realizes context-oriented, collective and collaborative knowledge management environments that are able to reflect users’ intentions and recognitions. Users can collaboratively organize fragmentary knowledge with the help of the SAVVY Wiki. Fragmentary knowledge, in this case, implies existing Wiki content, multimedia content on the web, and so on. Users select and allocate fragmentary knowledge in different contexts onto the SAVVY Wiki. Owing to this operation, it is ensured that related pages belong to the same contexts. That is, users can find correlations among the pages in a Wiki. The SAVVY Wiki provides new collective knowledge created from fragmentary knowledge, depending on contexts, in accordance with the users’ collaborative operations. Various collaborative working environments have been developed for the sharing of collective knowledge. Most current Wikis have a collaborative editing mode to every page, as a platform to enable a collaborative working environment. In order to understand an arbitrary concept thoroughly, it is necessary to find correlations among the various threads of content, depending on the users’ purpose, task or interest. In a Wiki system, it is important to realize a collaborative editing environment with correlation among pages depending on the contexts. In this paper, we present a method to realize the SAVVY Wiki, and describe its developing prototype system.

WikiSym 2009 Panel: Creating “the Wikipedia of pros and cons”

Debatepedia Founder Brooks Lindsay will host a panel focusing on projects and individuals attempting to build what amounts to “the Wikipedia of debates” or “the Wikipedia of pros and cons”. The panel will bring together Debatepedia founder Brooks Lindsay, Debatewise founder David Crane, Opposing Views founder Russell Fine, and editor Kambiz Akhavan. We will discuss our successes and failures over the past three years, and the way forward for clarifying public debates via wiki and other technologies.

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WikiSym 2009 Talk: Wiki for Law Firms

Author: Urs Egli (Egli Partners Attorneys-at-Law, Zurich, Switzerland) and Peter Sommerlad (HSR Hochschule für Technik, Rapperswil, Switzerland)

Abstract: This practitioner report gives an overview the experiences of a law firm with adopting Wiki Webs for knowledge management and collaboration over the last two years. Wikis created a business advantage for the lawyers through better re-use of their know-how within the firm. In addition, external Wikis for clients created new revenue opportunities and higher client satisfaction. The law firm uses a very simple Wiki implementation that makes it very easy to establish new Wiki instances. For client collaboration the Wiki was secured and extended with a simple user management system.

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You can also find the title/speaker/abstract information on the WikiSym 2009 event wiki in the WikiSym 2009 Proceedings pages. You can even comment on the talk’s dedicated wiki page! To comment, you need to register first, however.

WikiSym 2009 Talk: An Architecture to Support Intelligent User Interfaces for Wikis by Means of Natural Language Processing

Authors: Johannes Hoffart and Torsten Zesch and Iryna Gurevych

Abstract: We present an architecture for integrating a set of Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques with a wiki platform. This entails support for adding, organizing, and finding content in the wiki. We perform a comprehensive analysis of how NLP techniques can support the user interaction with the wiki, using an intelligent interface to provide suggestions. The architecture is designed to be deployed with any existing wiki platform, especially those used in corporate environments. We implemented a prototype integrating the NLP techniques keyphrase extraction and text segmentation, as well as an improved search engine. The prototype is integrated with two widely used wiki platforms: MediaWiki and TWiki.

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You can also find the title/speaker/abstract information on the WikiSym 2009 event wiki in the WikiSym 2009 Proceedings pages. You can even comment on the talk’s dedicated wiki page! To comment, you need to register first, however.

WikiSym 2009 Talk: Understanding Learning – the Wiki Way

Authors: Joachim Kimmerle, Johannes Moskaliuk, and Ulrike Cress (University of Tuebingen) (Germany)

Abstract: Learning “the wiki way”, learning through wikis is a form of self-regulated learning that is independent of formal learning settings and takes place in a community of knowledge. Such a community may work jointly on a digital artifact to create new, innovative and emergent knowledge. We regard wikis as a prototype of tools for community-based learning, and point out five relevant features. We will present the co-evolution model, as introduced by Cress and Kimmerle, that may be understood as a framework to describe learning in the wiki way. This model describes collaborative knowledge building as a co-evolution between cognitive and social systems. To investigate learning the wiki way, we have to consider both individual processes and processes within the wiki, which represent the processes that are going on within a community. This paper presents three empirical studies that investigate learning the wiki way in a laboratory setting. We take a look at participants’ contributions to a wiki indicating processes within the wiki community, and measure the extent of individual learning at the end of the experiment. Our conclusion is that the model of co-evolution has a strong impact on understanding learning the wiki way, may be helpful to designers of learning environments, and serve as framework for further research.

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You can also find the title/speaker/abstract information on the WikiSym 2009 event wiki in the WikiSym 2009 Proceedings pages. You can even comment on the talk’s dedicated wiki page! To comment, you need to register first, however.

WikiSym 2009 Registration Opens!

The registration for WikiSym 2009 is open! Please register first on the wiki and then for the (physical) event, if you want to attend in person.



The event registration is handled by the OOPSLA registration system. If you are only interested in WikiSym, you can shorten the event registration: Once on page 4 in the process, jump forward to page 14 to checkout.

We have previously published the participation fee schedule. Please note that early (reduced fee) registration ends September 17!

Thanks, and see you in Orlando!