Open Data and Visualization in Smallest Federated Wiki

Tools and Techniques
Location: E147 Level: Intermediate
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Our new wiki innovates three ways. It shares through federation, composes by refactoring and wraps data with visualization. We introduce the parts of a Federated Wiki page. The “story” is a collection of paragraphs and paragraph like items. The “journal” collects story edits. Should you take my page and edit it as yours, I can see what you’ve done and may decide to take your edits as my own.

This talk focuses specifically on how the project wants to be small in the “easy to learn powerful ideas” version of small. It wants to be a wiki so that strangers can meet and create works of value together. And it wants to be federated so that the burden of maintaining long-lasting content is shared among those who care.

We will pay special attention to how these ideas play well with open data and visualization. Our vision is to do for numbers what wiki has done for words: give them depth and meaning that ordinary people can depend on every day.

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Ward Cunningham

Cunningham & Cunningham, Inc.

Cunningham is the Chief Inventor of, a growth company hosting the communities formed by organizations and their constituents, and currently serves as the chairman of the technical advisory board for ZoomAtlas. He also co-founded the consultancy, Cunningham & Cunningham, Inc., has served as a Director of the Eclipse Foundation, an Architect in Microsoft’s Patterns & Practices Group, the Director of R&D at Wyatt Software and as Principle Engineer in the Tektronix Computer Research Laboratory. Ward is well known for his contributions to the developing practice of object-oriented programming, the variation called Extreme Programming, and the communities supported by his WikiWikiWeb. Ward hosts the He is a founder of the Hillside Group and there created the Pattern Languages of Programs conferences which continue to be held all over the world.

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Ward Cunningham
07/23/2012 8:13am PDT

Thanks Ben. I’ve recreated the demo in screencast and offer a playpen here:

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ben hengst
07/20/2012 3:25pm PDT

Ward is always a joy to hear speak. This was a great overview on SFW and the possibilities of data re-use. I’m so glad that we had time to run long so we all could get our questions answered. Thanks again Ward.


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