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Twiki: governance of projects in popular education

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Speaker(s) :Thierry Pasquier
Nature :Meeting
Level :Confirmed
Date :Thursday 3 July 2008
Schedule :11h45
Duration :45 minutes
Language :Français
Place :CDDP

partial translation of the original article in French

The speaker

Thierry Pasquier is responsible for edition and communication at Espace Mendès France, center for scientific, technical and industrial culture in Poitou-Charentes, located at Poitiers, France. He contributed to the fact that the center promotes libre software and open documents, but also that it promotes to the public the dimensions of scientific culture and popular education of libre computing, in particular through the École ouverte initiative. He is a member of Ligue de l’enseignement.

The wiki of Espace Mendès France

Since 2005, Espace Mendès France has setup wikis devoted to the monitoring of the governance, to projects preparation, and knowledge building of actions; tasks in which volunteers, professionals, partners and contractors are traditionally involved. The wiki engine used is TWiki; libre, adaptable, and robust, it is, since its inception, oriented to cooperative work and management of projects and knowledge. It allows the collective administration of public, semi-public or private work and publishing spaces. This approach is a valid and elegant alternative to classical solutions based on exchanges of emails, or less frequently groupware or CMS. There are numerous other experiments to a much wider range (Cf. City of Brest, tela-botanica, etc.).


About TWiki

TWiki, like all the other wikis, allows the edition of pages with a single browser, and the view of the history of modifications, but it offers also less common features, like the ability to attach documents (office documents, images, etc.) to the pages, and a fine-grained management of rights of users and groups of users. It also provides original means of structuring information by allowing, for instance, the creation of distinct workspaces, the association of forms to pages, or the ability to add tags to pages. Powerfull tools for searching or notification fo changes (syndication, emails) are available. Through various directives and internal variables, as well as numerous external plugins available, the advanced users can build real applications integrated to the pages.

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