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Marshall's Web Tool Blog

Training and Consulting in New Tools for Effective Web Use

This site is an archive of posts that I hope you will find useful. Please visit my new site at Marshallk.com.

The Flu Wiki: A Serious Application of New Web Tools

Another example of blogs and wikis being put to very serious use will soon be available in the Avian Influenza (Flu) Wiki written about by the progressive public health blog Effect Measure. Here a network of public health officials, observers and others will use the powerful tools of rapid information dissemination and collaborative editing to develop a living database of information regarding a potential public health dilemma. Very cool. There ought to be far more examples like this, and I trust with time there will be.

While tools like blogs and wikis are interesting in and of themselves, they are really all about taking the technical skill out of information sharing processes; allowing experts and others to focus on the information itself - minus delivery obstacles. Beyond ease of use, there are also medium specific features that make this information sharing as uniquely powerful as it is easy. Things like the trackback system, an advanced blog feature that allows readers to easily see where else on the web any given blog entry has been written about. Check out the trackbacks on the article I'm writing about in Effect Measure and you should see a link to this entry here. This kind of automatic gathering of information helps broaden the discussion about the issues.

The possibilities for blogs and wikis are countless. Any important subject that needs to be discussed openly, quickly, or in a collaborative manner could benefit from these and other new web tools.

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