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More than just Wikipedia

I must not have been paying attention! I use Wikipedia a lot and was heartened by the Nature comparison that showed that Wikipedia fared pretty well against Encyclopedia Britannica.
What I missed was all the other stuff at the Wikimedia Foundation Inc. which is the parent organization of Wikipedia (it’s a non-profit corporation based in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA, and organized under the laws of Florida. Its existence was officially announced by Wikia CEO and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales on June 20, 2003).
Anyway, what surprised me was all these product extensions at Wikimedia:
Wiktionary
Wikiquote
Wikibooks (including Wikijunior and Wikiversity)
Wikisource
In Memoriam 9/11
Wikimedia Commons
Wikispecies
Wikinews
So, have any libraries out there created Wikipedia content about their library, their community, local history and figures? This seems ideally suited to collaboration and social networking within our communities. Anyway, for those of you doing something creative on your websites with wikis tell everyone in the comments or post it at the Library Success wiki.
Stephen

Posted on: January 3, 2006, 9:11 pm Category: Uncategorized

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  1. Our library (Cleveland Heights-University Heights PL, OH)uses a wiki for internal purposes (strategic planning). Haven’t really found a use for one publicly…yet!

  2. I’ve had it on my “to do” list for about, oh, a hundred years, to add some librarians I admire to the “List of Librarians” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_librarians on Wikepedia. Might even add myself if I’m feeling cheeky. 😎
    I encourage others to do the same. I don’t see you listed yet, Stephen!

  3. There’s an Ann Arbor wiki at http://arborwiki.org which has some input from at least one student library staff member.
    We’re using the physical space of town to organize the wiki, so that there is e.g. a page for each street in town and a walking tour from north to south or east to west with links to the businesses and buildings (past and present) on that map.
    I’d love to have an interior map of the Ann Arbor District Library wiki’ed as a byproduct of that – some kind of virtual walking tour that would take you from floor to floor and section to section telling you what was there and how it interrelated with the community as a whole. But that will come through some accretion of small edits and not as some grand design.

  4. I’ve often thought about using a wiki for documenting our electronic resources – I’m sure students would find it extremely useful.