happening fed wiki


Mike Caulfield..

fed wiki via Ward Cunningham

ie: http://tinyletter.com/m42/letters/fedwiki-daily-5-the-people-in-your-neighborhood




via Catherine..

still taking it in…


Catherine’s reflection:


Smallest Federated Wiki is the work of Ward Cunningham. At its simplest, the notion of federated wiki moves beyond the “consensus engine” of wikis like Wikipedia, where individual contributions on a particular topic cohere towards one accepted, canonical version. In a federated wiki, you write as you wish, adding your own pages to the wiki, and forking and editing pages created by others.

As Mike Caulfield writes in A Kinder, Gentler Attention Economy:

Writing in my fedwiki journal gives me the space I need to think without worrying about how interesting I’m being, whether I [am] contributing something new to the conversation. It gets my head out of the stream for a bit. It feels nice, like a personal library of slightly musty books on a beautiful rainy afternoon.

Maybe if a million people were using Federated wiki that feeling would disappear. Maybe I’d get addicted to forked pages, extensions, the like. Maybe having a thousand people on my feed would recreate the self-consciousness that exhausts my introvert self.

Maybe. But if there’s even a chance we could make the future less of the conversational pigpile that forms Twitter or the personal exhibitionism of Facebook and Instagram, we should pursue it. Federated wiki provides the routing and discovery architectures of current social media. But it also has a place for quietness. It allows one to attempt to break out of time, to see rather than react.


via Alan..


I’m only incrementally getting a better understanding. The idea of using FedWiki as a gathering of notes, then going IdeaMining is shaping. But it runs against most of our intuition.

Learn by doing.

on forking (which is a blur to me)

A bit of the terminology I find confusing is the multiple meaning (and use of the button) of forking. To be, and in my quasi experience of using versioning systems currently github), and in Wikipedia – forking refers to the splitting out of code (or anything) to a new copy to be changed.

So, yes, it makes sense to fork a copy of someone else’s FedWiki page to my own local copy, where I can change it. And the federation works, people can see (if they can parse the little chicklet patterns) or check Recent Changes to see its evolution. But forking, to me is always the branching out, new copies.

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dec 2014 alan:





happenings ness


@holdenThe vision I sketch out here I think relates to a way of thinking about portfolio across course



Mike on fed wiki..


And my sense is that this sort of thing happens almost every day — someone somewhere has the information or insight you need but you don’t have access to it. Ten years from now you’ll solve the problem you’re working on and tell me about the solution and I’ll tell you — Geez, I could have told you that 10 years ago.

self-talk as data – connecting us

We’re stuck in an attention economy feedback loop that doesn’t allow us silent spaces to reflect on issues without news pegs, and in which many of our areas of collaboration have become toxic, or worse, a toxic bureaucracy.

We’re stuck in an attention economy feedback loop where we react to the reactions of reactions (while fearing further reactions), and then we wonder why we’re stuck with groupthink and ideological gridlock.

We’re bigger than this and we can envision new systems that acknowledge that bigness.

io dance. networked individualism.. ness



Wiki’s internal link improved web collaboration. Now the federated version is key to decentralized collaboration.