If you are familiar with the Internet concept of a 'wiki', read on. If you are not familiar with a wiki - look further down this post...
I am considering the launch of a wiki dedicated to sustainable agriculture practices. As part of the topics covered, I want to include beekeeping. Would people here be interested in becoming contributors and editors to this effort? If so, please email me or visit the development site at www.FPAcres.com/agwiki
What is a Wiki?
Well, if you have heard any of the recent news about the "Wikipedia" then you know the name of the most famous wiki on the Web. (www.wikipedia.org if you are interested) A wiki is a type of web site that allows anyone to publish information - or edit existing information - about a given topic. If you think of it as a "communally developed and edited encyclopedia" you are getting close to the idea. It is a little hard to explain - go explore and see if it makes sense!
Why an AgWiki?
Agriculture - and more specifically sustainable agriculture - is a huge topic and the Internet is full of fragments of useful information on ag topics. This forum is a good example. But forums suffer from threads growing old, being lost, and never really getting the information in to "final" form. A wiki on agriculture would allow users to create topics, debate the content, and refine and edit the content. In the end (ideally), there is a generally available repository of data that is peer reviewed. Or so the theory goes.
If you are interested in this idea, let me know. This is an emerging method for organizing information contained within a community and if there is interest I will continue with this project. For all you aspiring authors out there, here is your chance to be published a few paragraphs at a time!