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Taranaki Wiki

The online 'Taranaki Wiki' platform was initiated by Puke Ariki [1] and funded by the Community Partnership Fund. Freelance IT-consulant David Apimerika was commissioned in November 2006 to set up a experiemental participatory website, “to allow the people of Taranaki, and elsewhere, to share their knowledge of all things Taranaki” [2]. Due to a very short period for installation and development, the free-to-download open-source TikiWiki software was chosen, and the site 'bootstrapped' (i.e. filled with starter) topics, categories and institutional content, before being applied in educational projects within the region.

This type of platform allows registered users (and sometimes non-registered users) to quickly edit a webpage, add and remove content, keeping a record of edit changes within the webpages. Some Using either short-hand syntax or WYSIWYG editor, styling of text, links and media can be placed quickly into the pages without need of direct access to the hosting server. These features make it easier for persons who are not part of the administrative structures supporting the project, i.e. the general public, to contribute to the development of the content , the knowledge, contained on the site. Wiki software is one of the tools which has contributed to coining of the term 'web 2.0', and the increased mass participation in the development and publishing of knowledge online.

Furthermore, this style of content management system often purports to lowering the threshold of participation, and adjustment for emerging content layout and design, in the collective gathering of text and other media content online.

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Kete

The online 'kete' platform was originally developed by the Horowhenua Library [3] in collaboration with Katipo Communications Ltd. [4], as a digital cultural heritage repository – “a knowledge basket of images, audio, video and documents which are collected and catalogued by the community” - building upon the national interactive education vision of 'Kete Ipurangi'.

A localised Taranaki kete online platform is currently being prepared and ready for open use. Others are installed by organisations and institutions around Aotearoa-New Zealand.

References

[1] http://www.pukeariki.com
[2] http://www.taranakiwiki.com
[3] http://horowhenua.kete.net.nz
[4] http://www.katipo.com/

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