zondag 13 februari 2011

Reach, Participation, Quality & Innovation

Preparing for an upcoming strategy weekend for the Dutch local chapter I revisited the strategy project. What can be done to achieve goals with respect to reach, participation, quality and innovation in the Netherlands, I wondered. Wikipedia and other projects are run on Mediawiki. Critical software that itself is one of the projects of the Wikimedia Foundation.

The Mediawiki software provides for a global content management system. Marketeers of commercial software houses prefer the tag Enterprise Content Management for their products. Would Mediawiki ever qualify as an universal content management system, not just a global content management system?

I happened to visit http://svn.mediawiki.org/viewvc/mediawiki/trunk/phase3/includes/parser/Parser.php?revision=81894&view=markup today, just to notice that core development of Mediawiki software happens in a 'svn' or Subversion repository, and not in wiki pages. Our carpenters, stonemasons, plumbers, pipefitters and other construction workers, including architect and civil engineers happen to not really live in the house they're building ;)

Next weekend the strategist probably will settle on a vision to keep our feet on earth with delivering global content on a platform for global content management. The movement as a whole has ambitious goals, but they don't include any universality claims. Or did I just identify an opportunity to be included in the SWOT analysis?