Philip Neustrom

by Philip Neustrom

Where we are right now When we started the LocalWiki project a little more than two years ago, we set out to bring the wonder, joy, and transformative power of projects like the DavisWiki to as many communities as possible. We wanted to show the world that a more open, more empowering and collaborative model […] more »

by Philip Neustrom

Many months ago, we were approached about helping start up a LocalWiki project in Antarctica. In. Antarctica. Antarctica! The project, named “Open Antarctica,” would aim to initially document a region of roughly 2 miles surrounding the Palmer Station United States base on the Antarctic Peninsula. Our first question was: wait, there’s Internet in Antarctica? And […] more »

by Philip Neustrom

We’re excited to announce that the first version of the LocalWiki API has just been released! What’s this mean? In June, folks in Raleigh, N.C., held their annual CityCamp event. CityCamp is a sort of “civic hackathon” for Raleigh. During one part of the event, people broke up into teams and came up with projects […] more »

by Philip Neustrom

We want to let you know about some really fantastic stuff that’s happened in the LocalWiki world over the past month. Tallahassee, Fla. The folks spearheading the TallahasseeWiki project held their first two in-person CampWiki workshops. The idea behind the workshops is to introduce community members to the TallahasseeWiki, get them excited, answer questions and […] more »

by Philip Neustrom

LocalWiki is all about community, and we believe that starts with people coming together and having fun. Here are a couple of recent examples of ordinary people hanging out, having fun, and building out LocalWiki projects! San Francisco parklet ride A couple of weeks ago, we were slated to have an absolutely beautiful weekend here […] more »

by Philip Neustrom

While LocalWiki’s roots are in the United States, we’ve seen increasing interest in starting projects all over the globe. One barrier, however, has been that our interface is entirely in English — at least it was until now. Thanks to the hard work of Pedro Lima and Nuno Maltez in Portugal, LocalWiki is now completely […] more »

by Philip Neustrom

The TriangleWiki celebration. LocalWiki is incredibly excited to announce that our second focus community, the TriangleWiki, has just launched. Check it out! They even had TriangleWiki-themed champagne! The TriangleWiki launches with over 1,000 pages — more than three times the amount that the Davis Wiki had at its launch. Interestingly, the TriangleWiki wasn’t spearheaded by […] more »

by Philip Neustrom

This post is a guest column by Jason Hibbets, chair of Raleigh’s South West Citizen Advisory Council (SWCAC). A version of this post first appeared on southwestraleigh.com. Almost 50 people collaborated on Saturday at Red Hat headquarters, currently located on Centennial Campus in Raleigh, N.C., to participate in Triangle Wiki Day. The event was a […] more »

by Philip Neustrom

Hey friends! Whew! A lot has happened since our last PBS Idea Lab blog update! Our first focus community, DentonWiki, has been doing great, and several of our other focus communities are close to launching. Around 50 people attended an editing sprint to help TriangleWiki get ready to launch. Just recently, nearly 50 people came […] more »

by Philip Neustrom

Hey friends! We’ve got two extremely exciting announcements for you. Our first focus community, serving Denton, Texas, has launched. And we’re making the first major release of the new LocalWiki software today! The LocalWiki project is an ambitious effort to create community-owned, living information repositories that will provide much-needed context behind the people, places, and […] more »