The “Big Data” Misconception

Beaconfire Wire

That’s a database with more data than 100 single-layer Blu-ray Discs, or to put it another way, several hundred thousand small Word docs, or about 25 snapshots of the entirety of the English Wikipedia, including photos. Mount Everest (Credit: shrimpo@flickr ).

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Evaluating Wikis


Gone are useless print formatting functions like pagination and margins; huge file sizes; and the need to email around multiple versions of the same document. There are a lot of use cases for Wikis: We can all thank Wikipedia for bringing the excellent crowd-sourced knowledgebase functionality to broad attention. Google Docs , with it's revision history feature, may look more like a Word processor, but it's a Wiki at heart.

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Wikis: What, When, Why

Museum 2.0

The most well-known example is Wikipedia , a user-generated encyclopedia which boasts over 6 million entries written and edited by about 30,000 volunteer participants. Wikipedia, like YouTube and Facebook, is a giant in the world of Web 2.0. Think of how Wikipedia works.

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Reduce Travel with Online Collaboration

Tech Soup Blog

See a good deal more about the new cloud computing online services and other ways of working collaboratively in the TechSoup article: A Few Good Tools for Sharing Files with Distributed Groups. And be sure and check out the great online video, Google Docs in Plain English. The most famous wiki is of course Wikipedia. In 2010, TechSoup's GreenTech initiative held a travel reduction campaign that we called our TeleGreen Your Work.

Free Beer, SharePoint, and an April Fool

Gavin's Digital Diner

I clicked the Wikipedia entry. Hey, if Wikipedia says so, it’s got to be true, right? It not only scans and converts the docs to PDFs, it also automatically tags them with custom metadata before sliding them smartly into a SharePoint document library. I thought it was a joke.

Pro-Tibet Non-Profit Under Cyber-Attack | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Use web file sharing or online office systems to share documents. Teach your users how to recognize suspicious emails – “why would the Tibetan Gov’t in Exile send an email from an @yahoo address?&# “Why is this person suddenly sending emails from a new address?&# “did i ask for this file they are sending?&# Often, if it cannot open a file that way, it is often corrupt and/or contains a trojan.&# doc 2008_beijing_olympic_games__b_.doc

Dispatches from the Browser Wars | Beaconfire Wire

Beaconfire Wire

I’m not sure if I’m in favor of this or not – I was one of many who, upon installing IE7, went immediately in search of how to bring back the file menu, but on the other hand, I’m perfectly comfortable with Office 2007’s ribbon.

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