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Yet Another Oracle Social Network in the Works

In addition to Oracle Mix, Oracle Wiki and Oracle Community, OAUG will be launching yet another Oracle related social network called the Knowledge Factory.

The Knowledge Factory will provide a platform for users to exchange ideas, experiences, and expertise within the Oracle Applications member community. It will feature user profiles with pictures and biographies, blogs, forums and wiki. Sounds familiar?







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Oracle People Wiki, Mark Your Spot

Google just announced a new Google Maps feature:

Starting today, Google Maps supports collaborative map-making, so multiple people can edit the same My Map. Just click the “Collaborate” link and enter the email addresses of the people you want to invite. They’ll receive an email invitation with a link to the map. Once they open the map, they should be able to edit it, as long as they are signed into a Google Account that’s associated with that email address. You can also open your map to the world so anyone can edit it by selecting the “Allow anyone to edit this map” checkbox.

So, I went ahead and created the Oracle People map. Go ahead and add yourself to the map. All what you need is a free Google Account, but if you have one, like a Gmail account for example, you’re all good to go.

You can add not only your name and location, but also any other information you like to share with the rest of us. There is even a rich text editor so you can easily add links, images and formatted text.

I can see the map as being a very useful social and networking tool. I’m sure you’ll be surprised how many Oracle People live and work just around your corner.

Click here to add yourself or edit the map. Make sure you’re logged in to your Google Account.

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The Official Oracle Wiki is Here

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Oracle now has an official wiki site, hosted by wetpaint. From the wiki’s FAQ:

Oracle is providing this wiki so that customers and partners (and anyone else interested in Oracle) can collaboratively create and share content that is helpful to the community at large–whether installation guides and tips, project documentation, technical notes, or anything else (appropriate) that captures your imagination.

Maybe this is the “exciting community-related project” that Justin recently hinted that it was “in the works”.

The following are the unofficial Oracle wikis that I know about:

It is indeed exciting to have an official Oracle wiki and it will be interesting to see how this official wiki will evolve and how the Oracle community will use it.

Update: The name of the wiki has changed from Oracle Whiteboard to Oracle Wiki.

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Oracle Best and Worst Practices Wiki

The Oracle best and worst practices wiki is a community wiki, which means that anyone can make additions or edit any page on the site. I have already added a few pages to start it off. Feel free to contribute. But, like in any other wiki, your content may be mercilessly edited or even deleted.

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Rules of Thumb Wiki

I stumbled upon the Business Rules of Thumb Wiki via Seth Godin blog. For example:

  • In a negotiation, he who cares less, wins. – Anonymous
  • Simple and inexpensive beats complicated and expensive. – Rod Elder
  • The best way to find good ideas is to let people tell you what the good ideas are. – Niel Robertson
  • In public speaking, start by telling them what you’re going to tell them. Then tell them. Finally, tell them what you’ve already told them. – Lee Iacocca

Now, how about an “Oracle Rules of Thumb Wiki”? We’ll start with what the Oracle bloggers and the Oracle related websites have said about this topic.

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Is it true that anyone can contribute to Wikipedia?

Absolutely, in fact:

Wikipedia is absolutely open to absolutely anyone contributing to absolutely anything! As long as you haven’t been banned, or the article you’re contributing to hasn’t been locked, or there isn’t a group of people waiting to delete anything you write, or you don’t make the same change more than three times in one day, or the subject of the article hasn’t decided to send scary lawyer letters to Wikipedia, or you haven’t pissed Jimbo Wales off real bad. It’s all about freedom.


The Wikipedia philosophy can be summed up thusly: “Experts are scum.”

I just thought to share with you the above quotes from The Wikipedia FAQK by Lore Sjöberg.

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