Monday, April 03, 2006

33 Wikis: #11 -- The Politics.ie Wiki -- A Living Encyclopedia of Ireland

This is the eleventh installment in "33 Wikis," a close look at best practices in wiki-based collaboration. Each day -- for 33 days -- we look at one wiki and briefly describe what the wiki is for, why we like it, and what we all can learn from it. If you want to nominate a wiki, please let us know. On day 34 we will post a public wiki featuring info on all nominees.

What this wiki is for: The organizers of the "Politics.ie Wiki" describe their project as follows:

"Our aim is to create the largest online resource of Irish political information.... This is a member driven Irish political encyclopedia, so the more help you give us the better it will become. We're currently working on 3005 articles on Irish politics."

Why we like it: While dKosopedia attempts to educate U.S. progressives, the "Politics.ie Wiki" seeks to educate all Irish political watchers on the history, current events, and the inner workings of government. Because of the country's colorful, tumultuous history, this project has a lot of interesting material to work with; contributors are putting the wiki to good use in collecting, dissecting and managing that material.

What we all can learn from it: This is a good example of the wiki as reference, a category that Wikipedia has helped to popularize. But don't let the relative smallness of this project ("only" 3,000-plus articles) fool you -- it may still be one of the best, and most up-to-date references on Irish politics available. By combining historical and current information resources, the wiki blurs the lines between reference and news, just as Wikipedia has done on a larger scale. Think of this wiki as part of the long tail of worldwide, wiki-based publishing projects.

9 Comments:

Anonymous David Cochrane said...

As the publisher of Politics.ie, I find the wiki to be one of the most amazing elements of it. The enthusiasm the users have to keep it updated and accurate, as well as impartial is astounding.

It's a testament to everything that's great about the internet!

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