Featured Wiki: CBCL Showcase Environmental Monitoring

Moritz Lehmann started the CBCL Showcase wiki in Jan of 2013.

CBCL Showcase feature1. Briefly describe your group, your wiki, and what you use it to do:
CBCL Limited provides excellence in engineering and related services in Atlantic Canada, headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We use wikis to set up project-specific websites serving primarily as knowledge bases, communication platforms and progress-tracking tools.

This wiki is used to manage a large environmental monitoring project. We take thousands of samples per year all across the province. The wiki allows us to keep track of our progress and provides essential information to staff in the field.

2. Besides the Edit button, which wiki feature is your favorite?
We love the ability to easily integrate content from services such as Google Earth and Picasa. This provides functionality and a rich experience to our users.

3. What is one way you’re using wikis and other web 2.0 tools in your projects?
Technologists returning from field work upload their GPS tracks, photographs and other information to the wiki to report their progress to project managers and clients almost in real-time.

4. Tell us about a particular moment that made you say, “Aha! THIS is why I use wikis!”
I was in the field one day getting ready to launch a boat to take samples. At that time, strong winds were picking up from the southwest and I had to abandon my planned sampling run. I was able to consult the wiki to find a nearby and sheltered sampling area. The wiki told me that this area had not been sampled previously and allowed me to download the location of sampling stations to my iPad. That way, it saved my schedule and money.

5. If you could ask it, what do you think your wiki would say about you?
“Your pages may not be the most beautiful or fancy, but they sure get a lot of use!”

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