is a user-editable relational database that aspires to list, categorize, and describe every non profit and civil society organization on Earth. It currently includes 104
which can be viewed by name
, or areas of focus
. You can perform complex searches
. You can post (or search) jobs
, and resources
. You can discuss areas of focus, such as Urban Forestry
, Evolutionary Ecology
, or government oversight and reform
. You can also visualize the networks
connecting these areas of focus and the various organizations
Jazz '71-'89 Dave Douglas
posed the challenge
: “Is there a writer who can take on the project of an unbiased overview of music since the end of the Vietnam War?”
The Bad Plus answered
(though not unbiased). The Guardian
and NY Times
Suck it, haters
And ultimately, Behearer
used a wiki to answer the call.
Standup comedy cultural hot button Wikipedia hack.
Standup comics! Need a cultural hot button topic for a joke? Check out Wikipedia articles with the most revisions
Comedy gold. Just pick a topic and start riffing.
The avatar versus the journalist.
Ant farms, Bombay, the neolithic revolution, and Wikipedia.
is a super simple, extremely clean route to having, what you always wanted (admit it), your very own wiki
. Just enter your username and email address, and wait for the password to be sent to you, and you're off and running. No need for your own web space, no messing around with CGI, PHP or Python, and if you're worried that the site will vanish and take your stuff with it, you can even download your entire wiki in a ZIP file. It's not the first
free wiki farm
out there, but it's just about as simple and clean as one can get.
But what do you do with it once you have one? I've been using a personal wiki for keeping track of ideas, places and characters for a (rather sprawling) novel project; the simplified page markup of a wiki combined with easy hyperlinking make them great for brainstorming. You could also start up a game of Lexicon
, which is well-suited for play on a wiki
, and as previously seen
in these parts. Or, you know, you could just start your own Everything
. (Originally found on bOINGbOING
The Green Party of Canada's living platform
is their party platform... in Wiki form! It seems that only party members are able to participate in the Wiki, but the rest of us are still able to rank a plank
and vote for their platform's priorities in the next election. Once the election date is set, party administrators will form the input into some sort of rough fixed platform, but until then, it's "what real democracy looks like"
Now class, please turn in your (meta)homework
Several classes at Stanford have started relying on multimedia-intensive collaborative websites. A quick browse through the gallery and you will find classes that either rely on blogging or run entirely "wiki style"
. While it seems thrilling to see students stimulate and build ideas off one another, will this concept ever filter down to your average high school class? It seems that the whole principle of wiki comes at odds to traditional conventions of authorship. Surprisingly, in this course
, students can choose the option of being assessed solely on their experimental participation on the wiki site. When classwork consists of students adding and changing each other's comments, how would you grade each student individually? (By the way, there are a lot of pretty pictures in the gallery.)