Dear fellow OG admins, developers, interested parties...
a while back me and Tom Heath (Milton Keynes Open Guides admins) emailed you to ask for
some help with a quick survey, to help put together a paper for WikiSym 2006
So big thanks to everybody who helped us. The reviewers' comments were all pretty
positive, they've asked us to provide a little more data and detail (e.g. we mentioned
spam but didn't provide any figures) and we're currently responding to these
comments and working on the camera-ready version. But the reviewers certainly seem
all the best
Mark and Tom
p.s. here's the abstract of the paper:
Title: Wikis of Locality - Insights from the Open Guides
"In this paper we describe an emerging form of wikis - wikis of locality that
support physical rather than virtual communities. We draw on our experience as
administrators of the Open Guide to Milton Keynes, one of the Open Guides family of
community developed local information guides built using wiki software, and present
observations of the potential value and unique characteristics of wikis of locality from a
practitioners perspective. Preliminary findings from a current survey of other Open Guide
administrators are presented to highlight types of usage, issues and potential areas for
Knowledge Media Institute
The Open University
Milton Keynes, UK
Dear fellow OG
admins, developers, interested parties.
Mark Gaved and Tom Heath here, we look after the Milton Keynes Open
Guide (kindly hosted and sysadmin'd by Christoper Schmidt)
we're also PhD
students at the Open University.
We're thinking of putting in a paper to
) describing the Open Guides:
discussing what people are doing, what we all hope to achieve, how
Open Guides differ from other wikis or community information
The Open Guides appeal to us as wikis that serve physically co-located
communities. This intersects with our PhD research
interests, and we'd like to
promote Open Guides at the WikiSym conference.
We're posting to ask for your help putting
together: would you mind answering some questions about the Open Guide
you're involved in (as an admin, a content 'editor', general helper etc)?
We'd like to gather together people's
thoughts and ideas and write
them up with some general information about the Open Guides as the
paper; we hope that by doing this we can increase awareness of the
Open Guides amongst a worldwide academic audience.
We hope this sounds like both a worthwhile and interesting thing to
take part in.
If you're interested please could you have a go at answering the
questions below and mail your answers back to us.... also
feel free to get in
contact if you've got any other thoughts or comments.
> Cheers! look forward to hearing from you...