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Subject: Wiki + ebXML Registry + REST technology


I attended the NIH wiki fair today - and wiki is a hot collaborative technology for government with numerous uses from the CIA across to the HHS and thru to GSA agencies.  GSA offers wiki hosting services to all agencies.

What it is of course is a familiar and simple user interface experience that works for people with a minimum of web authoring experience - who need to collaborate to develop a common human readable understanding of domains and topics. 

There is a strong opportunity for ebXML Registry to leverage this however - by linking formal, machine and ad hoc mechanisms for information and knowledge management .  
What this means is that Wiki is potentially a great simple UI for registry - via both a default access profile, and then specific user login profiles.
In Wiki you can create "New Page" templates that conform to registry entry patterns - and then "Save/Update" will persist to both the Wiki and the Registry.  The entry pattern would provide classification choices and can return unique "information anchor IDs" for the Wiki. 
Equally - Wiki only provides static page links - while using a REST link to Registry can return dynamic query results.  So users can embed dynamic content into their Wiki entries.
And then classifications of course can be managed by registry - with links over to registry proper to allow that navigation mode.
Machine interfacing can then be done to return formal results from the registry that correspond to entries in the wiki.
This is something that I'm seeing will be part of the solution mix for us by the end of 2007 here.
"The way to be is to do" - Confucius (551-472 B.C.)

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