User:Ricardo Vidal/workshed

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Misc projects

Assorted ideas/notes

  • Hover notes thingy like Flickr (extension) - This would allow one to add notes to images without actually altering the original file.
  • Seamless layout that allows one to go from wiki to blog without too much graphic difference. Try not to make it look like the users are leaving OWW when reading a blog. (Ex: )
  • Software ideas for blogs

Brand Management Considerations

The following list has been copied from Branding Strategy Insider (my comments in grey) What are the most important considerations in brand management?

  • Deeply understand the target customer
    • This is a topic of discussion and related to the future "business model"
  • Promise one or two benefits that are unique, compelling and believable
    • This would most probably the benefit of timestamped edits and future publishing of protocols
  • Capture your brand’s promise in a tagline or slogan
    • The slogan: Share Your Science, is pretty much what we are trying to do.
  • Aggressively build awareness
    • This should/must be achieved through intensive networking, which includes blogging
  • Deliver on the brand promise at each point of customer contact
    • Quite sure this means that we must deliver what we set out to initially
  • Market to your employees first – turn them into brand champions
    • This is already done with the steering committee, right?
  • Present your brand’s identity accurately and consistently
    • This is important!


  • A small list of them could be compiled in a specialpage or tagged as "very interesting" and then displayed randomly to visitors of the site. I'm sure they'd become greatly used.

Organizing OWW

This is a list of steps that I consider essential to make OWW better organized and easier to use.

  • A new set of tutorials for new/recent users. These tutorials should be step-based and when possible accompanied by screencasts (videos).
    • Hierarchical pages - this is very important to keep the wiki organized. Many new users place their pages in the wrong place.
  • Forms to kick-start pages. These forms can be implemented on a page-type basis. If creating a protocol page, the form would show fields for material, methods, notes, etc. These forms would only appear on first edit.
  • Setup a page (community page, activity page, features page) that will concentrate featured and active pages on the wiki. This page depends on the creation of new functions/extensions that allow to create and follow such activity.
    • Vote page up/down (à lá Digg)
    • Lab Notebook Milestone marker (feature a project's status)
    • Latest users & Map with location (this is easier if country and city are made compulsory on sign up)
  • Focus on outreach by creating some plugins/widgets for blogs and other sites to display related OWW pages (ie Google Adsense). Also get a page together with all the buttons and banners available with code for easy insertion in html.
    • Edit count top 10 (activity != interesting --> logs, order pages, etc)