Markup Free Auto Linking Wiki
By markup-free, auto-linking Wiki, I mean a Wiki that has the traditional auto-linking features, except that there are no such things as Collab:WikiWords or internal link markup (sometimes called a Free Link). Instead, this Wiki would rely on an ontology to detect words that should be linked.
For example, if "collaborative tools" were a concept you wanted in your Wiki, instead of creating the equivalent Collab:WikiWord or Free Link, you would define this as a term in your ontology. The next time "collaborative tools" were mentioned on a Wiki page, the Wiki would create the appropriate link.
This has the following benefits:
- When you explicitly add a term to your ontology, that term essentially becomes a first-class concept in your Wiki. The way it's done right now, you would have to track every instance of that term in the Wiki and convert it manually into a Collab:WikiWord.
- You could add synonyms and other relationships, and the Wiki would link it in a way that makes sense. For example, you could add "tools for collaboration" and define that as a synonym to "collaborative tools." The Wiki could then either link all references to "tools for collaboration" to the page entitled, "collaborative tools," or it could create a new page and create a synonym link between them. You could also define "collaborative tool" as a singular version of "collaborative tools," and have the same linking effect as described above.
These ideas came up again while I was having coffee with Dorai Thodla (August 7, 2004), which inspired me to write them down. The "collaborative tools"/"tools for collaboration" example is Dorai's.
Many conversations with Collab:Jack Park about ontologies helped prime my thinking in this direction.