Phoebe Ayers, UC Davis / firstname.lastname@example.org
Reid Priedhorsky, IBM / email@example.com
This workshop has three key goals. First, we will examine existing and proposed systems for collecting and analyzing the research literature about wikis. Second, we will discuss the challenges in building such a system and will engage participants to design a sustainable collaborative system to achieve this goal. Finally, we will provide a forum to build upon ongoing wiki community discussions about problems and opportunities in finding and sharing the wiki research literature.
Please feel free to contact us by e-mail with questions! See also our proposal PDF.
While the notion of a centralized database of wiki and Wikipedia research has been much discussed in diverse places, we believe the research community will benefit from a dedicated, in-person session at WikiSym 2011 to discuss this problem and focus toward a solution. This workshop will (1) explore efforts to collect the wiki and Wikipedia literature to date, (2) discuss further ideas for moving forward, and (3) engage participants to enumerate requirements for a sustainable system to collect, preserve, disseminate, and summarize the wiki and Wikipedia research literature.
This will be a participatory workshop. We ask all workshop participants to arrive prepared to actively engage in the subject. Ideally, we will provide concrete outcomes useful for those interested in the topic to move forward in building such a collaborative literature system. Any specifications, road map, or other artifacts we produce will be published.
The workshop organizers will solicit participation from community members who have been active in or who have expressed interest in past efforts to address this problem.
We hope to start a discussion on the workshop ahead of time among the research community; add your comments here.
Hi! I created and managed the first Wiki Research Bibliography until 2008. It's back online, but I plan to export it to another infrastructure. Looking back I think it was a bad decision to use WIKINDX, but it was the only software for collaborative editing bibliographies back then. Now there are many more systems, but collaborative editing is still poorly supported. However, existing tools like Zotero, Mendeley, Citavi, CiteULike etc. are suited very well for reference management I and strongly doubt that yet another system will improve the situation. Personally I would recommend to engage in Zotero, because it is Open Source and not limited to BibTeX format - two mandatory criteria of selection. You should better extend an existing system with an existing community of developers (WIKINDX was not big enough) than creating software that nobody is willing to support and develop further. An underestimated issue is the possibility to easily export the whole bibliography, so your bibliography is not stuck one a system but you can eport it to other systems as well. The only major feature that's missing from current systems is versioning. By the way, there is another collaborative bibliography system, that already supports wiki editing: The Open Library. It's only about books (similar to the marvelous LibraryThing), and less connected to reference management, but it should be considered nevertheless. My dream is a distributed system, similar like git for source code, but versioning (and identifying!) bibliographic records is more difficult than source code. Cheers and have fun at WikiSym! – Jakob Voss
Thanks Jakob!!! This is very helpful – and thanks so much for getting the wikibib back online!! – phoebe
Alain Désilets – Before we ask the question “what do we need”, I think it may be useful to define who *we* is. What are the 3-5 kinds of users who might need this, and what is their bottom line goal?
Several sites with existing lists of academic-type literature were mentioned:
What do we need? I think: keyword searchable ; and, can't all be stored on one cite but should be cross-linked. — Peter B Meyer 2011/10/03 23:05
In one small group (table at the back of the room),
Additional details on those needs: