Before I get started with my first post as a Wiki Ninja blog author, I’d like to thank Ed Price for bringing me on board. I am truly looking forward to this journey.
When I was a young tech, I had the privilege of learning the disciplines of information sciences while working in the field with a wise librarian. This was the kind of mentoring you can only receive while directly working with someone who is a master at their craft. This person laid the foundation of my approach to solving information management problems as we worked and collaborated together for years creating and refining information systems. His information consumer centric methodologies are ingrained in me and upon reflection, I certainly would not be the consultant I am today if it weren’t for this learning experience. I feel that the most important takeaway from his teachings was “knowledge is information in context”.
In my opinion, an information system is always determined to be successful by its users. The system must achieve the goals and solve the problem for which it was designed to address. It must be easy for content contributors to add new content and to keep content up-to-date. A successful information system, whether its design is structured (think library catalog) or social (think Wiki), has to provide multiple ways for content consumers to find information as some people are natural browsers while others are natural searchers.
Enter the TechNet Wiki.
The TechNet Wiki is a social fusion of all things Microsoft by and for technology users worldwide who virtually congregate to collaborate, learn and share experiences on their technology of choice. “It’s a positive community that’s helping each other, constantly improving the content. That’s a community I want to be part of” (Peter Geelen – Wiki Ninja Interview – 2011)
I Wiki because I want to learn.
I Wiki because I want to share and help others.
I Wiki because I want to collaborate with others who share my interests.
Technology is ever changing and constantly evolving. As technologists, we are all students for life. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, there is always more to learn. The TechNet Wiki as a platform enables a social context of collective knowledge and experience. The TechNet Wiki is successful because it is a community of individuals who willingly contribute to the success of others.
Most of all, I Wiki because it’s fun and I enjoy it.
Why do you Wiki?