Posts Tagged 'Local Information Utility'

Challenges in community-augmented content

Downtown Seattle, Washington and the Bainbridge Island ferry.Image via Wikipedia

I read an article today on The Atlantic Online (“Weni, Widi, Wiki” by Wayne Curtis, read more below) about visiting Seattle using only “the hive mind of the Internet” for travel information. The writer found, as one might expect, many good, useful tips along with a good bit of information that was incorrect or out of date.

The article graphically (OK, well, digitally) illustrates the daunting challenge of getting maximum value from community-augmented content in a Local Information Utility (or Local Information User Community, as some might call it). Who will check it and keep it up to date so users don’t have to sort through all the debris?

Well, I guess you can read the rest yourself if you like. Gotta go.

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Cedar LIUC? Water LIUC?

It’s hard to resist a good challenge, like the one I encountered recently to come up with “an engaging and attractive name for LIU” — which stands for the boring but descriptive Local Information Utility. I had said something about it not being very sexy, in the purest marketing sense of the term. My first thought was that Lucy would be a fine nickname, for what may be obvious reasons.

We might only need to tweak LIU just a bit to arrive at Local Information User Community as the new generic handle for a LoMediaCo-initiated information repository that is augmented (wikified?) by members of the LoCo.

If such a LIUC (pronounced, of course, LOO-cee) were to be initiated (instigated, invented, developed, built?) in the eastern portion of Iowa it might be branded specifically to the Corridor or to however the LoMediaCo decides to define the LoCo.

Hmmmm. One could easily get carried away here. Gotta go.

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