Local Government Web Network Conference 2008


I’m at the LgWebNetwork conference in Sydney at the moment – having seen John Allsopp do his thing on “The real and the virtual – closing the circle”, Bobert Beerworth not talking about Beer… and yet Social (networks), and James Robertson (ok, it was about CMS’s free and otherwise), and then Cameron Adams – designer guy and a session on Writing for the web (what no blog?) by Brian Hardy, I’m reminded at how much the Wiki community needs to get out more.

There are so many little improvements Wiki’s should make – just by leaning over the fence a little, and expanding the scope of an Enterprise Wiki into the serious CMS space. We already ‘compete’ reasonably well in the Knowledge Management and Collaboration areas, and by working on the Wiki’s accessibility, we should be able to make it more usable for the less regular users.

Interesting Take-Aways

  • You should not expect professional content from amateur author
  • (CMS) solutions should be disposable. If you have not outgrown your cms in 3 years. You bought too much, or you have not grown enough.
  • There are two types of Open Source CMS’s, Community based and Commercial. Commercial Vendors should be treated the same way as Closed Source ones – they have simply reduced the upfront cost to Zero.
  • Watch your ‘Geeks’ – they are early adopters that are working out what works, and you will be using those things in years to come.

All in all a refreshing reminder of the ideas I’ve had that get forgotten in the heat of working for clients.

Author: Sven Dowideit

You might remember me from tools like http://TWiki.org, http://Foswiki.org, https://github.com/docker/Boot2Docker, Docker documentation, or https://github.com/rancher/os

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