Something Awesome That We Should Do Here

I was in New York for more than a week and was blogging on the New York Metroblog and learned about this exiting project. The idea is to create an open Wikipedea directory for the city of New York and then to extend it to other cities.It’s called Wikipages.

Stale data can be a problem with directories. Paper business directories are updated once per year or less,(and give coverage according to payment) while online digital directories have gatekeepers that can delay a small but important change like a new phone number, or a minor spelling change.

Using a self-managing wiki, Wikipages hopes to avoid data stagnation. The people who spot an error can fix it; business owners can ensure their information is correct, and if it is not, they can fix it on the spot. Frequent customers can help the businesses they like by making sure they are represented on our directory.

[edit] Future Plans

Wikipages plans to broaden and deepen its coverage of New York City businesses and then spread to other major cities in the USA. We see the Wikipedia as an inspiration for the type of community we would like to build–but we also hope that business owners will feel a strong sense of ownership over their business’ representation here, and will work to keep it interesting and useful for potential customers.

One of the most frustrating things about living in Pittsburgh is not being able to know exactly what, where and when everything is going on and not being able to show people all the small great things in the city, many of which die with few people knowing they are there.

Here’s an interview with the founders who I think are getting married and both live in a great part of Queens called Astoria.

Readers might notice that I was posting on the NYC blog after, I was already back in Pittsburgh. Just stop the hate, I am Bi-urban.

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