Joe Kraus, one of the co-founders of Excite, and new blogger has long been rumored to be working on a new wiki tool. Today at the Web 2.0 conference Joe finally unveiled JotSpot, a new type of wiki that they have named an “Application Wiki”. JotSpot appears to be not only an advanced wiki, but it also moves the predominantly text-based wiki toward being able to handle structured data and web application development.
The discussion during the demo is also very interesting. Jon Udell made an observation about JotSpot entering into Lotus Notes territory, and Kraus and Spencer discuss how JotSpot makes web application development more accessible, and expressed their desire to create a marketplace for small developers to create tools using JotSpot.
From what I’ve seen so far, JotSpot looks like it may the first of a third-generation of wikis, the first being the very simple wikis such as Ward Cunningham’s C2 Wiki, and second generation being database-backed wikis such as Wikipedia and SocialText. If you are serious about wiki, I highly recommend you take a look at this demo.
Press Release: JotSpot Launches, Unveils Application Wiki
Blog posting: JotSpot: The Application Wiki by Jeff Clavier
Blog posting: Joe Kraus talks about Jotspot by Scott Rosenberg
Blog posting: WikiWiki Warfare In The Enterprise Leading To Situational Software? by David Mattison
Blog posting: JotSpot - Lego Style Wiki? by Judith Meskill
Blog posting: Jot Wiki kicks ass… (Live from Web 2.0 conference in San Fran) - by Jason Calacanis
Audio: Audio archive of JotSpot demo at Web 2.0 Conference recorded by Jason Calacanis
An article in spanish: http://www.error500.netmodules/news/article.php?storyid=997
Hi, If you like the notion of ApplicationWikis, you should have a look at the opensource project XWiki.. It includes not only aform engine but also a programming API insidewiki pages as well as un underlying relationaldatabase.. Ludovic
Thanks for the wriet up Christopher. I thinkyou asked for a beta. We’re trying to provisionaccounts as rapidly as we can (while makingsure that things are scaling ok). I should beable to guarantee you get provisioned in thenext 2-3 days. If there any questions I cananswer, don’t hesitate to ask.
JotSpot is way behind other open source ‘wikis’like TWiki and ZWiki already well into thisspace.
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