Friday, October 20, 2006

Wiki model applied to Assistive Technology

For those who are web savvy, and already understand the concept of
Wikipedia,
the free, on-line encyclopedia that is authored by the very readers it serves, then there is an advent in the assistive technology world that may be of interest to you.

On Wikipedia, the articles are written by its users and readers are encouraged to update listings with knowledge they possess which may flesh out the entries. What makes it so useful is that it is completely searchable.

Wikipedia’s grass roots authoring model is now being applied by the folks at the Georgia Tech Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access. They have launched
ATWiki,
An encyclopedia of assistive technology. They currently have 54 articles and are seeking input of more from professionals in the AT field.

Check it out. The site is a good resource for anybody working with people who use assistive technology, those they serve, and AT professionals. And, if you are knowledgeable in AT and have something to contribute, get to work and start writing.

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