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Friday, we talked briefly about wikis being mainly for collaboration. And if that’s the case, then what use are wikis for solo work?
Here’s a good argument for the occasionally collaborative wiki:
They are collaborative tools when you need them to be, but they’re also good at helping you do solo things, and things that might benefit from broader input at some point, but aren’t collaborative all the time.
For instance, drafting a news release, writing documentation, capturing research notes, or writing a letter are all activities a person can do largely on their own, and the wiki provides the benefit of a simple workspace, the ability to store that information in a secure online place that you can access them from home and work computers, and the ability to easily work on your documents right from a web browser.
The summary: “At some point, you might involve colleagues, but the benefits of the wiki are there even when you’re working by yourself.”
The wiki writing space writing useful, even when used alone. The trick is find those uses for it that step beyond paper and word processing.
Anyone considering a hybrid project should have a look at these notes from a panel at the latest MLA. Jill Walker Retteberg was there.
Things move quickly on this side of the literacy street. But it pays to keep up.
It ain’t over, but blogs have grown up, and writing for multi-site mashup is a newish trend. Pull together Twitter with Flickr and Britekite, linked to Facebook, and the blog.
Borders, in partnership with Lulu.com, has launched a comprehensive personal publishing platform, enabling anyone to design and publish their own (print) book and have it distributed throughout the Borders physical and online retail chain.
Self-publishing, vanity press, or lowering the publishing bar? If:book writes
It’s curious how “vanity publishing” as a cultural category seems to have a very clear relationship with the print book but a far more ambiguous one with the digital.
[G]enerally speaking, it is something we’ve looked down on. Blogs, MySpace, personal web pages and the like arise out of a different set of socio-economic conditions. The barriers to publication are incredibly low (digital divide notwithstanding), and so authorship online is perceived differently than in print, even if it still arises out of the same basic need to communicate. It feels more like simply taking part in a conversation, participating in a commons. One is not immediately suspicious of the author’s credibility in quite the same way as when the self-financed publication is in print.
The print market that makes a vanity of self-publishing is changing, which could open up new niches for freelancers, artists, academics and pros. If:book concludes with
All the world’s a vanity press and we have to learn to make sense of what it produces.
Where are you, as digital pros in training, as students, as professionals on the rise, with digital publishing?