The ICT-KM group of the CGIAR had built a static web page KS Toolkit which was very valuable. But ov er time, it became clear that there needed to be a more flexible framework to which many could contribute. The KS wiki toolkit project was born from the idea that user generated contributions using a wiki could be a valuable next step. This project is a continuation of other NGO efforts and interest around knowledge sharing and recognizes it grows on the shoulders of those who have been doing this work for years. The ICT-KM group partnered with Nancy White of Full Circle Associates to create the wiki. After participation in the first KS Workshop, FAO decided to join the project.
We were using Wikispaces as our wiki host because we are a) familiar with it, b) they have had a good track record on up time and customer service, and c) the interface is easier than some other wikis.
But in 2018 they went out of business. We are now hosted by CiviHosting and this site uses DokuWiki.
We started with a list of tools that we often use and for which there were abundant resources from other toolkits. This is not intended as replication of other toolkits, but to expand their reach and customize the entries for those working in the CGIAR, FAO and in international development. Then we narrowed down the list for our first iteration. We'll be adding (and encourage you to add) additional entries over time, as well as update and edit existing entries. This is NOT a static resource.
Tool and Method Template
How to Make a New Toolkit Page We created an initial starting point template for a new page. It was developed by looking at templates from other toolkits. There may be more fields than are needed on every page, but it is a useful starting point. You can open this link in a second window and copy the template into any new page you want to make. Feel free to alter it if it does not work for the particular method or tool you are adding to the toolkit.
To select the initial tags, we scanned a variety of KS method publications and used that to contruct our context or 'way in' pages. From there we developed the first set of tags. We'll need to monitor and see if the tags are useful, if people add other tags and finally, if we can use tags to find content across languages (i.e. create a tag pair with the word in both Spanish and English). There has been very little work done in this area, so we should consider the cross language work entirely experimental.
Tips for Editing and Improving Exiting Pages
A wiki needs two things: people who view/use it and people who make it better. With these two types of people, you can grow and sustain a wiki. This wiki has been intentionally designed to be an open resource (Global Public Good) and thus both its value and its ability to be sustained comes from inside and outside the CGIAR. The cross fertilization of ideas is both good for knowledge sharing and for the sustainable future of the wiki.