Lotusphere Wiki coming up

by Volker Weber

I had a tiny wiki page last year where we were able to coordinate whereabouts of people, party schedule and equally important matter. Unfortunately I had to lock down the wiki because I was getting more spam than content.

At the same time I have a feeling that we need much more coordination this year. Domino bloggers are setting up their sessions, there is a bunch of collaboration going on and I would like to have a central freeform clearing space where everybody can contribute without too much setup. The Sphere portal has always been completely useless for this task.

I just spoke with Bruce about this and we concluded that it might be a good use case for Ben Poole's wiki template for Domino. Stay tuned to have a URL announced soon ...


Great. I was really hoping you'd do that again. I think that was a very good use of a wiki last year.

- Julian

Julian Robichaux, 2005-01-07

Declan and I were already planning to host a Wiki specifically for our own session -- using Ben's OpenWiki template. I will be importing screen shots of all of our slides, to provide an initial structure. Perhaps we should merge our efforts? We could use Ben's session database to populate it with pages for every session, and we could get other speakers to post their slides as well.


Richard Schwartz, 2005-01-07

Richard, we will be happy to link to your wiki.

However, we are trying to do something completely different. Not a "populated" wiki with a ton of stuff, but something where a whole lot of people contribute little pieces of information about themselves.

Volker Weber, 2005-01-07

Count me in !

--* Bill

Wild BIll, 2005-01-07

Version 0.9.5 of OpenWiki is pending, with a re-written wiki markup parser, an RSS feed, and a few other bits. A Lotusphere wiki is as a good a test-bed as any for this I reckon... ;o)

Ben Poole, 2005-01-07

Well seeing as I already have the OpenWiki template up and running on my server I'd be happy to create a second instance of it and host it.

Declan Lynch, 2005-01-07

Thanks, Declan. The current plan is that Ben hosts it so he can fix it. When it's broken, he owns all the parts. :-)

Volker Weber, 2005-01-07

Are you thinking of having a wiki page for each session, so that people can comment on the individual sessions as well? That would be potentially interesting, especially if we could attach the presentation docs to it. It could start as just an export of Ben L.'s sessions database.

Julian Robichaux, 2005-01-07

No, currently I am not thinking of dumping one good database into the next one.

In terms of session presentations we had to manually download all of them one by one from the useless IBM portal. Because IBM never made the database available for replication, we assembled the presentations into a session database that could be zipped and then installed on multiple servers and replicated when updates came in as well as replicated to the client. It is both a good story on collaboration amongst those using the database and total neglectence by IBM who do have the database that we needed to recreate. I am pretty sure that we will just continue to use the old database that already contains the last 2 year's presentations. Since we don't want to be hit over the head by IBM we will keep it under the covers though.

The wiki is a different thing. It is generally a very bad idea to fill up a wiki with structure. It's much better to let it evolve and then refactor as needed. I suggest we start with one entry page, and then three pages for people whereabouts (room numbers ...), a schedule of interesting sessions (read: your own), and a schedule of parties.

But you can make the wiki everything you want. Just don't "spam" it with a session database.

Volker Weber, 2005-01-07

Fair enough. I certainly don't want to try to turn the wiki into something it's not. And I'll save the complaint about how the session info and slides aren't available as a database for another discussion...

Julian Robichaux, 2005-01-08

Julian et al.
I have been working on a session based wiki.
Maybe it can be incorporated in someway.
(Thanks for the link Bruce)

Mac Guidera, 2005-01-11

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