[Asis-l] Wiki Writing Is Alive > PLoS Computational Biology Goes Wiki

McKiernan, Gerard [LIB] gerrymck at iastate.edu
Sat Apr 7 21:31:08 EDT 2012

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Posted on March 29, 2012 by Daniel Mietchen

Today saw an important step forward towards a wikification of scholarly workflows: PLoS Computational Biolog published an article that did not only follow the journal’s own author guidelines but also those for writing articles on the English Wikipedia, where a copy of the journal article has been pasted into [[Circular Permutation in Proteins]], where it shall live on in the hands of the wiki community.

The article is the first in a new manuscript track – Topic pages – that adds a dynamic component to articles published in the journal, as explained in the accompanying editorial ... 


Source and Link To Fulltext Available Via 

[ http://scholarship20.blogspot.com/2012/03/plos-computational-biology-goes-wiki.html  ]

BTW: In 2005, I gave an invited presentation at the TICER intenational conference at Tilburg University, The Netherlands, titled

"Wikis: Disruptive Technologies for Dynamic Possibilities”

The presentation reviews the general nature and structure of select wikis, the features and functions of popular wiki software engines, and describes the content and use of wikis by select businesses, colleges and universities, and libraries.The presentation also speculated about the wiki as an environment, framework, and venue for Disruptive Scholarship, my proposed model for alternative scholarly authorship, review, and publishing.

A Link to the PPT is Available at 

[ http://disruptivescholarship.blogspot.com/  ]

More recently, I gave a presentation at the _Science in the 21st Century_ conference in Waterloo, Canada, titled 

"The Wiki: An Environment For Scholarly Conversation and Publishing"

 A "wiki is a ... collaborative space ... because of its total freedom, ease of access, and use, [and] simple and uniform navigational conventions ... ." "[It] ... is also a way to organize and cross-link knowledge ..." Ward Cunningham, Father of The Wiki (Leuf and Cunningham, 2001, 16). Most wikis provide the user with a set of navigation or utility tools such as the ability to create and edit a page, view recently changed pages, and rollback to previous page versions. In addition, many wikis include a discussion forum for proposed page changes.

Among its many perceived benefits are its potential for facilitating a more creative environment and expanding knowledgebase, and a significant ability to harness the power of diverse point-of-views in creating collaborative works.

In this presentation, we will speculate on the Wiki as a digital environment that not only supports current scholarly practices, but more importantly, offers a framework for their enhancement and transformation.

Access to the PPT as well as associated A/V is available via 

[ http://scholarship20.blogspot.com/2008/09/wiki-environment-for-scholarly.html  ]

Enjoy !

Gerry McKiernan
Associate Professor
Science and Technology Librarian 
Iowa State University 
152 Parks Library 
Ames IA 50011


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