Is It Time for an Hosted Wiki? Wiki Proposal

Jessica Thornsby

Alex Blewitt sees a lack of “how can I use / why should I use…?” documentation.

Do you struggle to find answers to “how can I use…” and “why
should I use…” amongst all the vendor-specific documentation out
there? Alex Blewitt has proposed a new hosted wiki, to answer these very

In his opinion, such a wiki is needed, due to the limitations of
existing documentation. Documentation such as Request for Comments
describe the contract of the service provider, not the end user;
and specifications tend to focus on behaviour and ignore how end
users might tailor it to fit their partiular needs. Other
information readily available on the web, tends to be restricted to
runtime-specific examples, and wikis that currently exist in the
community are mostly vendor-specific. Therefore, Blewitt argues
that current documentation fails to address the big questions of
“How can I use…” and “Why should I use…” He envisons a single
place where users can go to gain this information, regardless of
technology and vendor.

Alex Blewitt raises several questions that need to be answered
before the wiki can be launched, including issues surrounding
whether copyright contributiions should be assigned to the OSGi
Alliance, or whether copyright should be retained by the
contributors. Another concern is whether it should be licensed
under the GNU Free Documentation License, or one of the Creative
Commons licenses. Alex Blewitt also queries the wiki’s terms of
use, and whether it would be possible to hook the wiki into an
existing authentication provider using OpenID. He believes that if
community members already had an ID, they would be more willing to
contribute to the wiki.

Alex Blewitt urges that anyone interested in the project – or with
opinions on the licensing, copyright and terms of use questions –
should leave their thoughts in the comments section at his

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