Wikis are a fascinating experiment in collaborative content management. Wikipedia is the perfect example. Within a few short years it’s grown to become one of the largest encyclopedias every, all based on knowledge shared by individuals on a volunteer basis.
I’ve been fascinated with the application of wikis in the realm of knowledge management. The concept is simple — we all possess knowledge, and as we individually share the bits and pieces of what we know, collectively we grow more knowledgeable. I benefit from your knowledge and expertise, just as you do from mine. Knowledge is shared by individuals, but the collection (or the wiki) is owned by the collective.
To experiment with this technology, I’ve setup a wiki using the same software that powers Wikipedia: Wikimedia. Yes, it’s available for free, and it took me all of about 15 minutes to download, install and configure. Amazing.
If you are interested in exploring the application of wikis to the field of knowledge management, jump in and check out the FDnot Wiki. It’s open for you to sign-up and begin contributing your knowledge.