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Links to our work on Federated Wiki

Almost everyone knows the power of wiki, in applications like Wikipedia (and many others).  Our board member Ward Cunningham is the inventor of Wiki, and he continues to develop other important software advances.  He is now developing a new generation ofwiki with important new capabilities.

This new generation of wiki innovates by: 1. federated sharing, 2. drag refactoring and 3. data visualization.

What does this mean in practical terms? 

This new wiki can handle data and perform calculations.  (Say, for totaling up costs, or sustainability scores.)  You can also use it to put together your own simple calculator (or even a complex one).  That allows it to make quick but powerful comparisons  -- say, on costs, or on sustainability "externalities" (hidden costs and benefits).

Most important, you can share and develop your own wiki tools with others, through the web, and -- through what is known as "federation" -- the tools can grow to be much more powerful and useful over time.  (Wikipedia is the best-known example of this collaborative development, using an older form of open-source development -- but there are many others.)

To read a paper about the new wiki, and the logic behind it:

To see a 10-minute video about the new wiki:

To go to the Github development site:

Ward Cunningham's notes from his talk at the Splash Conference (previously OOPSLA) in Portland in October 2014:

Here are notes from his approach to the presentation:

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