What if we connect domain specific wikis, extract and republish summaries, reflect and collect feedback and enable OODA loops?
So we have WikiPedia at the top of the knowledge foodchain - an evolving, open collection of smarts and pointers collecting and scraping domain specific wikis, who gather insights from the blogosphere and podcasters, who post the best of their heuristics, reflections, experiences and practices. Internal OODA loops that refine, update, assimilate and evolve the knowledge
The recently launched FluWiki is a domain specific wiki with this mandate:
- "a reliable source of information, as neutral as possible, about important facts useful for a public health approach to pandemic influenza
- a venue for anticipating the vast range of problems that may arise if a pandemic does occur
- a venue for thinking about implementable solutions to foreseeable problems
No one, in any health department or government agency, knows all the things needed to cope with an influenza pandemic. But it is likely someone knows something about some aspect of each of them and if we can pool and share our knowledge we can advance preparation for and the ability to cope with events. This is not meant to be a substitute for planning, preparation and implementation by civil authorities, but a parallel effort that complements, supports and extends those efforts".
Flu bloggers unite
Contributing to and feeding FluWiki are a cadre of dedicated flu bloggers individuals and groups that share a common cause, interest or occupation.
Some blogs which focus on pandemic influenza:
What may be happening here is a cascade of scrapings, nested OODA loops and auto-synthesis as news, practices and solutions bubble upwards from bloggers to domain wiki to Wikipedia.
Your thoughts, more examples and comments please