User:Daniel Mietchen/Talks/Elephas 2011/Outlook

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What if everyone in the world were in your lab – a ‘hive mind’ of sorts, but composed of countless creative intellects rather than mindless worker ants, and one in which resources, reagents and effort could be shared, along with ideas, in a manner not dictated by institutional and geographical constraints? — Chris Patil and Vivian Siegel

Possible functionalities associated with content pages of a scholarly wiki.
  Page Article Discourse Open questions   History Metadata   Community Events Jobs   Related articles
  Function Encyclopaedic knowledge pertaining to the topic of the article; stable versions (like print) but updatable according to rules set by the relevant community; threat to publishers? Discussion of new research results and how they fit into existing knowledge; threat to publishers? Gaps identified in encyclopaedic knowledge, including current and planned research projects; opportunities for funders; potential business model.   The edit history of this article, plus links to archives. The metadata for this article, readable for both humans and machines, plus two-way citation information.   Links to communities (scientific or otherwise) related to the topic. Events related to the topic; a unique way to advertise events in context — potential business model. Jobs related to the topic; a unique way to place job ads in context — potential business model.   Topics related to that of the article.  
  Role traditionally played by (highlighted if in scope of current OA publishing) Encyclopaedias, textbooks and review articles Research articles, perspectives, correspondence, pre-publication peer review, posters Grant applicants   Science historians Librarians, citation indices   Scholarly societies, interest groups, Citizen science groups Local conferences, workshops, courses Scholarly magazines   Keywords  
  Existing examples Basically all wikis (e.g. OpenWetWare) Technically all wikis (e.g. Polymath, but some have "No Original Research" policies Quantiki (see also Hypios)   Most wikis (e.g. Scholarpedia) Encyclopedia of Earth, Scholarpedia   NMRWiki: People/ Labs; 'lenses' @ Connexions NMRWiki, WikiCfP Quantiki, NMRWiki, Mathematics Jobs Wiki, SPIRES   Many wikis (e.g. Citizendium); Semantic markup possible — see also DBpedia  
See also Wikis as platforms for scholarly publishing and this list of features desirable for scholarly wikis.