HochN Wiki - Building a collaborative knowledge platform for Sustainability in Higher Education
|SMWCon Fall 2021
|HochN Wiki - Building a collaborative knowledge platform for Sustainability in Higher Education
|The HochN-Wiki is a collaborative knowledge platform aiming to support the work for Sustainable Higher Education. I report on the basic use of the wiki, the current state of building the community around it and also its unlikely emergence as a major outcome of the project itself, as there was zero funding planned for it in the initial project proposal.
|Academics, New users
|higher education, knowledge management, research, sustainablity
The HochN-Wiki resulted from the project HOCH-N, funded through the Sustainability in Science Program by the German Ministry of Education and Research. The goal of the project was among other things the
- provision of guidelines for implementing sustainable practices at individual institutions in various areas online, and the
- creation of a network of institutions and people, working for Sustainability in Higher Education.
Mid-project it became clear, that bringing both strands together to create a living knowledge base, could help the project's momentum and network connections stay alive beyond the project's ending in April 2021.
Since then, the newly founded "German Society for Sustainability in Higher Education" is hosting and fostering the wiki to become an effective tool for our community. The current work centers around pulling users into the wiki and identifying their needs in terms of functionality and information.
Note to the program chair: This talk can go in different directions. I think in terms of actual implementations there is not much beyond standard use-cases as can be found in documentation pages etc. However, we did live through a long process of getting our colleagues on board and actually learning how to do SMW from scratch with no funding or significant IT support, which I think could be interesting to some new users. I believe that you have a broader overview of the SMW community and the interests and questions they care about. I am happy to adapt the focus of the talk according to feedback if this is of interest at all. Thank you and I am looking very much forward to the conference in any way! (I also assume that day three is the research and education day..)