VALA2010 Session 14 Forsyth

VALA20120Wiki ecosystems: the development and growth of online communities of practice

VALA 2010 CONCURRENT SESSION 14 – Online Communities
Thursday 11 February 2010 14:55 – 15:25
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VALA Peer Reviewed PaperEllen Forsyth

Consultant, Public Library Services, State Library of New South Wales

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This paper provides an analysis of collaborative wikis managed by the New South Wales public library Reference and Information Services Group. The Reference Excellence wiki and the Readers Advisory wiki are examined to explore the development of collaboration and community amongst and between the participants. There is a discussion of the different purposes of the wikis, their effectiveness, planning, outcomes, time frames and software. How the communities of writers and editors have developed is also discussed. Why people are attracted to participating in and contributing to the different wikis is explored.