[Foundation-l] Wikis analysed

John Vandenberg jayvdb at gmail.com
Tue Dec 14 20:02:02 UTC 2010

Hi Olaf,

This would be a good WikiProject within Wikisource, or on top of Wikisource.

Do you have scans of the letters?


Wikisource is already set up to manage the transcription and
presentation of the letters, pages about authors, etc., and the
community will pitch in with setting up your data.

You can focus on the linking between texts, analysis, etc.

The wiki-research-l list may be of interest to you.


On Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 5:15 AM, Olaf Simons
<olaf.simons at pierre-marteau.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I am thinking of recommending a wiki database to a research project
> planned at Erfurt University. The group I have to advise is planning to
> edit late 17th and early 18th century letters of the "republic of
> letters" with the aim to reconstruct the flow of ideas and the personal
> networks that generated this flow. A wiki should be a superb tool for
> the editing process the project will have to get through. Yet I am more
> interested in tools we would later on use to analyse our data (we will
> prabably create pages of individual letters, other pages on authors and
> topics, and, of course, categories etc.).
> My question is now: I have seen exploits (yet never taken any notes)
> that analysed Wikis and gave net-work structures of the interrelated
> pages and category trees. One such thing was shown here only recently:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2010-11-29/News_and_notes
> ...yet the digest given here would be too vague for our purposes. We
> would probably have to plan the entire wiki in a way that we could get
> defiinite pictures of the development of 17th century intellectual
> networks (how do they spread on the European map? Who is communicating
> with whom? Who is playing what role in the process?), and of the flow of
> topics within these networks.
> Ideas of who would provide technical solutions and give advise on how to
> create such wiki in a manner that it can be analysed fruitfully, would
> be most welcome,
> regards
> Olaf Simons
> Gotha Research Centre, Germany
> ...and Germany's wikipedia
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