18 February 2009

Water Wikis

I just googled this term and found these wikis:

The Water Wiki: The Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable (SWRR) meeting on June 26-27, 2008, discussed the idea of starting a Wiki to support ongoing discussions, especially of the new Whitehouse Council on Environmental Quality Plan to Develop National Environmental Indicators, in preparation for its next meeting in the fall. The Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable meeting on November 15-16, 2007, experimented with a Web 2.0 Wiki.

Waterwiki: No description, but 467 articles.

Water Wiki: How should water be managed in the southeastern United States? This wiki is devoted to discussion and debate of the many facts, issues, opinions and points of view this question raises. Over 200 articles.

Does anyone know of other wikis?

My goal is to create a SINGLE wiki that lists and links water user groups (irrigation districts, municipal utilities, etc.), to infrastructure, water trades, prices, etc.

If you want to help on this task, please email me!

Bottom Line: It's difficult to find something if you have to search in multiple places. Time for some centralization!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Here's another:

http://www.akvo.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

Richard Whisnant said...

Hi David,
I think your quest for one single water uber-wiki will quickly run into a major diseconomy of wiki scale. It's the problem of structure on web pages. You need a structure that lets users easily click and browse to useful content and change it and its organization. Wikis, after all, unlike blogs, are designed to hone material. But it's hard to imagine (at least for me) how you get the detailed spatial and temporal scale advantage that wikis give you (everyone can find a place to talk about very particular concerns, issues, resources, places, etc) while still having reasonably easy navigation and reorganizational ability. I wish search could solve this, but I don't think it ever will. The wikia site youlink to has a similar uber-wiki, let's cover the whole water world, aim. I've raised the same concern to its administrator, but wikia has this universality of knowledge embedded in its mission. The reason I have limited the water wiki to southeast issues is because I can't see how to get around this scale/resolution/navigation tradeoff. Maybe you will? it would be an interesting thing for those running wikis to discuss...

David Zetland said...

Richard -- thanks for the important points. I'll be thinking about it...

Nicolas Dickinson said...

I interviewed the founders of waterwiki.net and akvo.org on this topic. Each has its own audience and that is good.

I have also created a custom search that unites water, sanitation, and hygiene wikis. Sometimes this is useful.

Check it out: http://www.irc.nl/page/49818