Copyright©2007 Antony Williams
Less than 24 hours ago we declared the WiChempedia project underway. Now Google has introduced knol. Is it any surprise? Not really. Wikipedia has really garnered a lot of attention. What was conceptually an experiment in community collaboration for knowledge capture has worked…worked well. Looking across the web in general one has to wonder what isn’t getting picked up by Google? I used to manage finances on Yahoo…no longer. I have two gmail accounts but haven’t used hotmail in many months. I use Google reader, Google docs, Picasa and a Google screensaver. I do still have a Microsoft Passport (for Ebay). We’ve made a commitment to Microsoft Sharepoint as our development platform for our wiki. One has to wonder as we migrate data from Wikipedia to Sharepoint how long it will be before the MediaWiki format of Wikipedia will be supported by a converter to form a series of knols on the new Google platform? In fact, if I was Google that development would already be underway for early bragging rights…it’s very early days but does the announcement of Google knolbase start the bell tolling for Wikipedia?Stumble it!