Wiki from theory to practice


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J. Boye Aarhus 2008 conference slides by Niklas Sinander at EUMETSAT

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Wiki from theory to practice

  1. 1. Slide: 1 Wiki from Theory to Practice Niklas Sinander Enterprise Content Manager EUMETSAT
  2. 2. Slide: 2 Wiki from Theory to Practice Mission ... to deliver operational satellite data and products that satisfy the meteorological and climate data requirements of its Member States – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year Darmstadt, Germany 550 employees 30+ nationalities
  3. 3. Slide: 3 Wiki from Theory to Practice Our problem Employee fluctuation Long time to settle in Settling in information out of date Large number of emails
  4. 4. Slide: 4 Wiki from Theory to Practice Our solution: Internal wiki Open to all and easy to use Content created by employees Always up to date Self governing Less non business related emails
  5. 5. Slide: 5 Wiki from Theory to Practice Experiences from the field Launch activities Stumbling blocks First Impressions Tweaks Did it meet the need?
  6. 6. Slide: 6 Wiki from Theory to Practice Some hard facts 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 900 Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Page views Updates New articles
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  10. 10. Slide: 10 Wiki from Theory to Practice Some things to consider before you start … Real need or just a new toy Wiki or Do Nothing Company culture Management attitude Critical mass of people Critical mass of content Geographical spread Organisation wide or unit/project Grass Root or Top Down
  11. 11. Slide: 11 Wiki from Theory to Practice and when you have got the green light to implement… In house or outsourced Consider usability – simple/advanced Establish measurement baseline Start with a clear use case Dedicated user groups Define a Governance Model Define Usage guidelines Develop Wiki Editing Guidelines Offer training Be patient!
  12. 12. Slide: 12 Wiki from Theory to Practice Wiki Editing Guidelines – adopted from wikipedia 1. Be bold! in editing pages. Go ahead, it's a wiki! 2. Encourage others to edit articles, including those who disagree with you, likewise to Be bold! 3. Be civil to other users at all times. 4. When in doubt, take it to the article’s Discussion page. Mutual respect is the guiding behavioural principle of the wiki and it is easier to accept changes if the reasons for them are understood. 5. Assume good faith; in other words, try to consider the person on the other end of the discussion to be a thinking, rational being who is trying to positively contribute to the wiki. 6. Be gracious: Try to accommodate other people's quirks the best you can, and try to be as polite, solid and straightforward as possible yourself.
  13. 13. Slide: 13 Wiki from Theory to Practice We tried to change company culture to be more open and to share information with the use of technology, and had difficulties. What other approaches would have worked?