Re-Emergent Collaboration? Wikipedia, the Sequel
March 27, 2007 · Blog381 · Posted by Jordan Frank
This week, BusinessWeek.
Though Wikipedia could be considered an example of emergent collaboration, there is at least a fair amount of social and structural engineering taking place.
The force of the Wikipedia use case and the 1000s of administrators who work collectively to enforce it is not enough for Sanger.
It has bothered me that I helped to get a project started, Wikipedia, that people are misusing in this way, and yet the project itself has little chance of radically improving.
Citizendium aims to provide a radically improved approach vs.
Whether this "re-pedia" succeeds in taking on the incumbent Wikipedia is anyone's guess, but the lesson from both contendors is the need for a careful and acceptable forms of good system design, a set of norms for contribution, and the right mix of top down support and enforcement combined with reasonable lattitude for emergent collaboration to allow the system to grow and improve as the user patterns and content evolves.