getteamtasks – get your flexible task management wiki here.

While setting up for some new work on my masters dissertation today I checked to make sure I had the latest version of TiddlyWiki. While looking I found a whole “ecosystem” of TiddlyWiki variants. One which particularly caught my eye was “teamtasks”, a neat way of using the TiddlyWiki technique to simplify project planning and …

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Searching for the perfect project hosting

I’m still searching for decent project hosting. I now have several projects on the go, and several others bumping around in my head, and the fuss and bother of tying together all the various bits of a distributed software project development is making my head hurt. All the bits I need are available separately, but …

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Details of my MSc proposal

In a few months I will begin “proper” work on the dissertation for a MSc with the Open University. Before starting I needed to choose a topic, so I chose Improved user interfaces for private family wikis. In order to claim this topic, I need to submit a proposal by filling in a form on …

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Ten easy ways to attract women to your free software project

This is a good article in many ways. Not just because it might help attract more women to work on open source software projects, but because it might help more people to work on open source projects. The general approach of supporting diversity in projects, especially where it is a very cheap option (such as …

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Recommended reading for a Wiki dissertation

After some deliberation, I have finally decided to apply for an MSc dissertation entitled “Improved user interfaces for private family wikis“. This is a pre-written proposal provided by the M801 course team at the Open University and naturally suggests some recommended reading. Despite the proposal being presented to distance students on-line it makes no significant …

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XWiki – An open source programmable Wiki

XWiki looks like a very interesting project. The main idea seems to be to provide a “platform” on which a Wiki is built as an example of the kinds of applications it suits. Extension and development is by in-page scripting (e.g. Velocity) and Java plugins which interact with a fundamental API and data model. I’m …

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Textile and Markdown

Textile and Markdown are two formats for expressing text formatting in a “simple” way. In my mind they exist in a cluster along-side wiki markups, but the interesting thing is that they seem not to overlap in usage. Wikis use one family of markup, CMS systems use a different group.

A few Wiki links

I make a lot of use of Wikis, and like to keep track of the development and usage of this technology. No Rest for the Wiki JISC Podcast 37: Keynote speaker hails the collaborative power of wikis (MP3, 10:37)