Ward Cunningham | “Federated Wiki Mashes Data in Your Browser” | May 31, 2012 | Fluent 2012

Ward Cunningham, inventor of wiki, rethinks wiki as a way of sharing data.

Our new wiki innovates three ways. It shares through federation, composes by refactoring and wraps data with visualization.

Returning to the pattern language research that predates the wiki, this rethinking supports the space as being alive, with computations on the page.  This Javascript-based wiki lives in the browser, with ties back to a server.  The Smallest Federated Wiki was demonstrated at Fluent 2012.

The result is computing where content can be copied and forked with personal points of view, learning from the distributed parallelism featured in Git technology.  Cunningham says (about about 11:15):

This is going to make a  kind of wiki where it isn’t a promise of a Neutral Point of View, but it’s a promise of attention to outcomes, attention to measurement.  You can have an opinion about how we should live our lives in the future, but you’ve got to tie that to realistic data.  In the blogosphere, you’ll have people off on one side yelling at people on the other side.  On Wikipedia, you have one place, and they all have to get along with this kind of Neutral Point of View.  I have something in between, where it’s kind of like the blogosphere where you get to be yourself, but it’s kind of like the wiki, where there’s a lot of incentive for understanding each other through all of this  the copying, and there’s data to be explained.

This is one of a series of videos on the Smallest Federated Wiki at http://wardcunningham.github.com/

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