In my lunchtime reading today I happened upon DadBlog, who points to a new BBC Wiki (a MoinMoin implementation for you WikiJunkies). The BBC Wiki’s stated purpose is to enumerate all the little “things, bugs, problems and irritations that people have with BBCi”, the Internet arm of the BBC.
Whatever. Yawn. Don’t these people know that BBCi has already created its own Wiki-ish thing called h2g2. Apparently not as a text search of their site returned 0 hits.
“h2g2 is an unconventional guide to life, the universe and everything, an encyclopaedic project where entries are written by people from all over the world. h2g2 was launched in April 1999, and the BBC took over the running of the site in February 2001 as part of our drive to develop new and innovative online services.
The Guide is written by visitors to the website – people like you – and already it has thousands of entries on all sorts of subjects. The result is a living, breathing guide that’s constantly being updated and revised, driven forward by the very people who use it.
h2g2’s inspiration comes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the best-selling book by Douglas Adams (who was one of the original founders of the site). Back in 1971, Douglas lay drunk in a field in Innsbruck, Austria, thinking about the galaxy and how you might find your way around it. His solution, the ‘Guide’, was an ingenious device that offered advice about almost any place, object, entity or event you might care to name – all at the convenience of your fingertips. This vision is now approaching reality on the Internet in the form of h2g2.”