From Wiki to Bliki – part 3: Classification of social software –

Classification of social software

Social network software is developing for different use, a compare of their application fields is very difficult. I would like here to proposal a weighting – model so called “Two dimensional collected Information model“, which defines how the Information is collected. So mit one could use this definition to classified the software.

Model: Two dimensional collected Information

A collected Information has two dimensions:

Quantity-dimension – horizontal dimension – shows how many people involve in the collection process of information. For example a wiki is a collection process very strong in horizontal. Many people send information about a theme e.g. about “the hai”. The information come from a collective process, it must not be exactly, some time it could be a humbug

Quality-dimension – vertical dimension – shows how it is intensive and detailed by collection or production of information for a special theme . Here are important chronological details or an intensive reports. For example a publication about “the hai” from a scientist. The information comes from an intensive preprocess and it could be reviewed vor the publication. The author has responsibility of their text, therefore it has more quality. Blog is for example strong in the vertical dimension.

The classification here is not exact, but we could try to use it, to position the technology of different social software. The picture below shows my first classification of different social software after the two dimensional collected information

Fig.1: Social Software are classified after two dimensional collected Information

We could say:

Website of a company could have high quality content about company’s products, e.g. a handbook, but they could not bring more then what their owner want. The quantity is limit because of company’s capacity and policy.

Blog of a person or of a group brings high quality of information but they could not handle on many themes or many information sources.

Chat is more a communication between of two persons, the information is low in quality because it is limited on the interest of the persons

Forum is a better form of chat, what brings more information in quantity and quality. But it is mixed with some unqualified information.

Wiki brings a lot of information from many persons, but the quality should be average and the information should be reviewed

On the picture, we could indicate the potential of Bliki, it could be reach to an optimal point: high quality information and high quantity

The development of Bliki

In the first version of Bliki came from Marin Fowler in 2003, it is only a blog modus on a wiki. Java-Bliki Sofware is developed since many years

But Bliki is not well-known, even it has developed since 2003, because Bliki development has focused only on the technical realization .

Bliki is an information system, which is a convergent of two technologies, one brings high quality information (blog) and the other quantity of informations with their wiki- authors.
So we should give more intension on the use and on the collect process information with bliki.

Base on this idea, Bliki could be a new tool for knowledge management and for computer added training.

The Anh Vuong, June 14 2008

From Wiki to Bliki
© 2008, Dr.-Ing.The Anh Vuong, Bielefeld, Germany .
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6 thoughts on “From Wiki to Bliki – part 3: Classification of social software –”

  1. Blogs and Wikis are different tools, but there is some overlap. Typical functions served by blogs are eg.

    – expert views on a subject or
    – distribution of news.

    Wikis seem to be more appropriate for

    – experience & knowledge sharing and
    – building of knowledge pools (subject information, dictionaries, encycopaedia).

    Form this view in a more “SOA”-oriented approach blogs and Wikis will probably not merge into one tool (my assumption!). I expect a workspace which allows to have eg. a wiki page (for collaborative writing) with an additional blog per wiki page for discussion und mutual exchange of views.

  2. With regards to the two dimensional chart: Where do you locate eg.

    – Microblogging
    – Social discovery/collaborative filtering (bookmarking, news, search)
    – Social networks
    – RSS

  3. With regards to Dr. Vuongs classification I think that it might be quite difficult to determine the proper general positioning of blogs, wikis, websites and blikis within the quadrants. In particular, we have seen blogs an wikis that differ a lot in their quality and also quantity. As an example there are blogs with a large number of small articles per day without much of a message. On the other hand there are blogs that provide only a few articles per year that as such are of great value.

    Concerning the bliki approach we are seeing more and more software products (e.g. Atlassian Confluence) and also intranet applications that combine wiki and blogs. However, in most cases blogs are used for internal or external communications of companies, corporate units, teams or the employees themselves whereas wikis are applied to collect and share knowledge or to simply set up informative websites. Hence, blogs an wikis are used in a rather loose combination. In addition, Confluence has a neat commenting feature for wiki posts that is sometimes used like a blog or discussion forum.

    What we see emerge at presence is the rising use of blogs or instant messenging tools (or Twitter) as a kind of microblog for project or team communication. These microblogs serve as a kind of log for issues and project statuses. I have the feeling that blogs (for rather structured communication), wikis (for knowledge collection and sharing) and microblogs (for unstructured or semi-structured ad-hoc
    communication in teams) will be used as separate modes of communication but in more closer combination than they have been so far.

  4. Dear Joachim Niemeier and Dirk Röhrborn,

    I would try to define a scalar for this model and try to put other application as Twiter, Microblogging, RSS, bookmarking in the table.

    Do You think one could use this model for the decision for setting software application in a enterprise or a commune or a social network?

    Thanks a lot for your comments and suggestions on the classification model.
    Best regards
    The-Anh Vuong

  5. The diagram showing relationships among different types of information exchange is fascinating. Please explain what form of application is used if a course is taught on-line with students able to chat with the instructor and, at the same time, able to post information. Thanks.

  6. Dear Kien,
    This is exactly a test scenario of model “two dimensional collected Information”.
    On quantity dimension, you get a lot of information from students: texts, resolves and even their chats. So the number of contents would be more than chat
    On the quality, It would be higher! because students try to get a high score from the instructor, so they delivery high quality documents then in chat or forum. But there is a revers factor on quality. In teaching you have a lot of information are known!
    The application should be valued in the first quadrant of my diagram, between the “chat-point” and “blog-points”.
    A good practice for this application could be SKIPE in combination with a wiki for the storing of documents.
    Thanks a lot of your comment

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