LocalWiki

By Mike Ivanov

LocalWiki 0.3 released, featuring tags, dashboard, and more!

29 March 2012

Today we are releasing version 0.3, a major update to the LocalWiki software. We're pretty psyched about this release, and you should definitely upgrade just as soon as you finish reading this! Along with many, many bug fixes and improvements, this version includes two really cool features we're excited to share with you: tags and dashboard.

Get organized with tags

LocalWiki's mission is to share the world's local knowledge, and a huge part of sharing this knowledge is organizing it and making it easy to find. Today's software update makes this easier than ever with tags, a painless new way to organize pages.

Wikis are usually organized by creating links from one page to another and by manually compiling lists of pages that have something in common, like "Vegan restaurants". We love and encourage this kind of careful curation, but keeping these lists up to date is time consuming and boring, and creating them in the first place takes someone's initiative. Tags, on the other hand, are a light-weight and even fun way to group pages together.

Tags are like labels that can be added to a page to make it easier to find. When you click on a tag, you instantly get a list of all pages that have that tag, along with a handy map. And you can even include this list in another page, without having to create and maintain the list by hand.

Automatically created list of tagged pages

We think you'll love tags! They are very easy to use, yet they are incredibly powerful. You can tag all of the vegan restaurants with the tag "vegan", or tag all the historic sites with "historic", or even tag pages that need a photo with "needs photo"—the possibilities are endless!

With tags, you have a whole new way to explore your local community. You can read much more about tags in our usage guide.

Visualize your progress

Another major challenge when building a community-driven information resource is measuring progress. How many pages does our wiki have? Are we getting new contributors? How are we doing?

We designed our new dashboard to answer all of these common questions and much more. It shows all of the current stats about your wiki as well as some beautiful graphs of different metrics over time, so you can get an immediate feel for where you are and where you are headed.

The dashboard clearly shows you how your outreach affects contributions, so you can set goals that everyone can work toward. In our latest focus community, the dashboard helped the contributors reach an amazing goal of 1,000 pages by launch day!

You can find a link to the dashboard at the bottom of the "Recent Changes" page on your wiki.

Upgrading

There's so much more we could talk about, but we want you to try the new version for yourself!

If you're using the Ubuntu package(recommended for most users), then upgrading takes just these two commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

If you have a developer install of LocalWiki, read about upgrading on our developer site.

Our story

In 2004 we started the Davis Wiki, an experimental project to collect and share interesting information about the town of Davis, California, editable by anyone, that soon became the world's largest and most vibrant community wiki.

Today the residents of Davis use it for everything from learning about local news and local history to helping return lost pets to their owners — and it's become the largest, most used media source in the city. In a week, nearly half of residents use the Davis Wiki; in a month, nearly everyone uses it. And 1 in 7 residents contribute material to the Davis Wiki.

We want to help as many communities as possible realize the full potential of such an amazing, collaborative information resource.