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Hi - a slightly different twist on the use of wikis to write a book -
I wrote Knowing Knowledge with participant feedback
( www.knowingknowledge.com ), but then placed the book in a wiki for
readers to comment on (and edit) after it was published. It's
available in a wiki here: http://ltc.umanitoba.ca/KnowingKnowledge/
index.php/Main_Page . While wikis are a new way of writing, I think a
secondary consideration rests in "re-writing" or commenting and
dialoguing on works completed by others.
On 22-Mar-07, at 1:46 PM, Alvin Chin wrote:
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> Shel Israel and Robert Scoble (formerly Chief Blogging Officer at
> before now working at PodTech) wrote their book "Naked
> Conversations" on the
> business of blogging, that follows what the experiment is doing.
> They wrote
> their book based on soliciting comments from readers of their blog
> http://redcouch.typepad.com/. Another example, was a magazine
> article by
> Wade Roush from Technology Review (http://www.technologyreview.com), a
> technology magazine from MIT, where he wrote his article about Social
> Machines (http://www.continuousblog.net/2005/07/
> social_machines.html), how
> technology becomes social, by posting drafts of his article and
> feedback from the readers.
> The readers are able to make corrections and provide quick
> feedback, and are
> This certainly is the new way of writing, and perhaps maybe we
> might have an
> academic research paper where the paper is jointly reviewed by a whole
> community of people like the experiment. Of course, then, this
> would pretty
> much get rid of the double-blind review process, since everyone
> would know
> about the paper.
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> Blog: http://www.imedia.mie.utoronto.ca/~achin/blog
> On 3/22/07, Barry Wellman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>> fyi. I ain't involved, altho i do contribute to Wikipedia.
>> (Curious, that they didn't mention that in the announcement below.)
>> If anyone does contribute, I'd be curious as to the experience.
>> Barry Wellman
>> Barry Wellman S.D. Clark Professor of Sociology NetLab Director
>> Centre for Urban & Community Studies University of Toronto
>> 455 Spadina Avenue Toronto Canada M5S 2G8 fax:+1-416-978-7162
>> wellman at chass.utoronto.ca http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~wellman
>> for fun: http://chass.utoronto.ca/oldnew/cybertimes.php
>> Those of you at MIT and Wharton, in particular, may already be
>> with this. For those of you working on social networks, it looks
>> like a
>> very interesting experiment:
>> Knowledge@Wharton Newsletter
>> Mar 21 - Apr 3
>> Last month we invited Knowledge@Wharton readers to participate in
>> a novel
>> initiative in book publishing. The project, tentatively called We Are
>> Smarter Than Me, is an experiment to see whether a large community of
>> business people can jointly author a book of the same name.
>> Pearson will
>> publish the book later this year. The book focuses on ways in which
>> companies are learning to leverage social networks and the power of
>> communities to improve their performance by allowing customers or
>> to take over functions typically performed by experts. Every
>> will be credited as an author, and will help direct royalties to
>> While several readers have already signed on, we are looking for more
>> participants. We encourage you to explore this opportunity by
>> going to the
>> We Are Smarter website. http://www.wearesmarter.org/
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