I had known about Federated Wiki for a while, hearing about it through IndieWeb originally and Wikity. But I never really grokked or explored it.
I then started getting in to personal wikis in 2019.
And then in 2021 after reading the chapter on Federated Wiki in Free, Fair and Alive and Mike Hales posting on social.coop about how some of the neighbourhood features works has made me understand more about the exciting ideas it encapsulates.
I'm not yet using it because I'm happy with my wiki in org-roam but I'd like to explore Federate Wiki and its ideas more, one way or another.
Federated Wiki sites share pages circulating within a creative commons. A single-page browser application can read from many sites at once and save changes in that browser. Users who host their own sites can login there to have their edits shared back to the federation as they edit. [http://fed.wiki.org/view/welcome-visitors website]
FedWiki is the next wiki-generation. It is a software that allows everybody to create individual wiki pages while circulating its content in a global - federated - environment. It opens multiple paths for individual knowledge organization while demanding equal responsibility in creating a knowledge commons . This knowledge commons emerges out of thousands of wiki sites people freely contribute to.
In short: FedWiki provides an discrimination-free infrastructure that allows for co-creation in diversity.
"Just as the wiki changed how people write, FedWiki will change how people work." (Ward Cunningham)
YOUTUBE 3nB8ml6UowE Keynote by Ward Cunningham, May 19th2015. [http://lanyrd.com/2015/writethedocs/sdmwxk/ html]
Catalog of federated wiki sites with domain names for page titles and brief descriptions tuned for search.
We publish federated wiki software as a Node.js package ready to run on a variety of platforms. This is usefully run on a personal laptop or an industrial server in the cloud. Most people get started by joining a community and launching sites and/or servers with their help. The server software supports a multi-tenant "farm" option useful for small groups or heavy users. [https://www.npmjs.com/package/wiki npm]
A community of open-source developers maintain both the client-side and server-side applications most frequently used to browse and edit pages. Pages themselves are composed of paragraph-sized items of various kinds. This same community provides a core set of plugins for rich content pages and a variety of experimental plugins that push boundaries of web computing. [https://github.com/fedwiki github]
Ward Cunningham started the federation in 2011 with a workshop project called Smallest Federated Wiki or simply SFW. The data visualization and sharing mechanisms were supported by Nike's Sustainable Business and Innovation group. Early history has been documented in a series of video screencasts. Search for "video".
Social linked data.
As separate markets for data and apps emerge, Web development needs to adopt a new shape ◆ Most Web applications today follow the adage “your data for my services”. They motivate this deal from both a technical perspective (how could we provide services without your data?
Interesting article on the Solid (Social linked data) platform. It describes a lot of the decentralisation concepts that are explored and implemented in the indieweb movement (surprised the article doesn’t mention indieweb, in fact, given the W3C link), but comes at it from a Linked Data angle. The language around markets and competition doesn’t really appeal to my personal politics, but good to see the philosophy of moving away from centralised silos being explored in different ways.
I feel like Solid, ActivityPub with a generic server and C2S, and Indieweb, are all kind of chipping away at the same thing. You have all your data in one place (either self-hosted or someone-else-hosted) and you decide which apps you want to let interact with it.
Saturday lunchtime Tim BL gave a talk on Solid. People were queueing out the door to get in. I caught some of it on screen but not loads. When Tim talks about it it sounds pretty exciting and positive. If you go to the Inrupt website it sounds like corporate newspeak. I fear that venture capital will never truly want what is best for the world on general, just whatever lines the pockets of the investors.
I really like the Personal Data Store concept. You own your data, and you choose to let apps interact with it for your benefit. It’s pretty much what the IndieWeb is doing (though perhaps for the more limited subset of things that don’t need verified claims).
I don’t like the commercial nature of most PDS offerings (including Solid now).
Either way, some good general food for thought in this article.