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Putting His Wiki Where His Mouth Is


First came Dan Gillmor, putting his book We the Media online a chapter at a time and inviting his readers to participate in the book’s creation.

Now, Creative Commons mastermind Larry Lessig has taken his already-published book Code online as a wiki, and wants anyone who’s willing to help turn it into Code v. 2:

Lawrence Lessig first published Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace in 1999. After five years in print and five years of changes in law, technology, and the context in which they reside, Code

needs an update. But rather than do this alone, Professor Lessig is

using this wiki to open the editing process to all, to draw upon the

creativity and knowledge of the community. This is an online,

collaborative book update; a first of its kind.

Once the the project nears completion, Professor Lessig will

take the contents of this wiki and ready it for publication. The

resulting book, Code v.2, will be published in late 2005 by Basic Books. All royalties, including the book advance, will be donated to Creative Commons.

Also intriguing is the platform he’s chosen for this wiki, Jotspot, which I’d never heard of before, but looks pretty cool. One hurdle for Web neophytes who want to create wikis is the bit of technical knowledge it takes to figure out how to set one up and make it all work. Jotspot boasts that it’s dispensed with those barriers to entry.

I am ever skeptical, but Jotspot’s starting off with a good, semi-high-profile project. And I’ve often wondered if wikis would become ubiquitous if the technology got a bit more democratic.

Anyway, enough of this blathering, go re-write Code!

(Oh yeah, and the collaboratively-editing-chapters thing was also done by J.D. Lasica, whose site was where I discovered this tidbit.)

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BTW, for the record, re-editing “Code” sounds like approximately zero fun.

It’s not even like he’s asking people to re-think his arguments or anything; he just wants them to update them with new examples. Boo.

I’m still waiting for some fun wiki-powered fiction. Or a collaborative screenplay!

Authorship issues, bring ’em on!

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