record visits to our wiki
from January to April.
Launched in late 2007 as a complement to the Planeta.com website,
the Planeta Wikispace
has been used to develop features on climate change, geotourism,
engagement, food, jaguars, plastic, things to do in Capetown,
an eco city guide to Barcelona, Earth Day and Australian wildlife
and slang. "The growth has been exponential," said
Planeta.com founder Ron
Mader, directing those interested to the public
usage statistics and the 2008
"As electronic publication continues to evolve, we are
seeing a trend toward wikification,"
Mader said. "This is an exciting time to develop collaborative
work. The process of suggesting edits, new links and developing
projects of mutual interest is much easier using a wiki than
the traditional cycle of exchanging emails."
One example -- comments posted on Wiki
Australia, for example, can be edited and incorporated onto
Planeta.com is using its wiki to provide updates for the Tourism
Educators Conference. Conference organizers are editors.
Previously the wiki was used to document the Kerala Conference
on Responsible Travel.
Planeta's wiki also provides an explanation and applications
for various RSS
WHAT'S A WIKI?
What's a wiki?
"A few years after this software was introduced, the concept
still confuses people, particularly those who want to have control
over editorial content," Mader confided. "We are attracted
to the idea since Planeta.com has evolved with reader feedback.
By using a wiki, we are able tow work with long-time contacts
in developing and improving features without the tedious exchange
of documents via email."
The philosophy behind Wiki is that text is fluid and can be
edited, illustrated in the popular video The
Machine is Us/ing Us. The process is collaborative, following
the logic that 'two heads are better than one' or the more the
collaboration leads to happiness is a 2008 blog that visually
documents the simplification of using a wiki over email in editing
"Our use of wiki-style editing the past four months has
surpassed every goal I had," Mader said. "The process
has been fun and reflects natural world partnerships that are
friendly and informal. There's no better evidence of this than
the guides to the English
language co-written and edited with friends who are sharing
CO-CREATION AND COLLABORATION
"At this time we are selecting editors
on the basis of colleagues we know first hand or have had ample
time with," Mader said "Wiki has reached the point
in which a critical mass of web-savvy and content-savvy people
have joined forces to develop collaborative work online."
It would be good to work with some digital natives."
Similar projects using Wiki editing are documenting Oaxaca,
Mexico and journalism
"We started focusing on Wiki during the 2007 Ecotourism
NZ Conference and the presentation Strategies
for using Web 2.0 for Travel Operators and Visitors,"
Mader said. Keeping an eye on New Zealand, Planeta.com developed
links with the iJump
Social Media Wiki and faculty from the ecotourism program
launched their own Ecotourism