I found an interesting site, Cospire, that is part blog, part community, part wiki, and part knowledge base. The concept is simple – share knowledge with others. You begin as if you were writing a blog entry – write the text and create some categories. You set editing privileges, allowing others to just read your entry or allow them to edit it. You can also upload documents to a particular entry.
The benefit of this application is that it provides a great way to collaborate on a topic. For example, you may want to research an idea for a business, gather information for a lesson plan, research a political candidate or cause, etc. You write the initial idea. Others contribute. In addition to the shared information, others and you can attach Word documents, spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations and other documents.
In their own words,
“ Cospire is a knowledge management (KM) system that implements 2nd generational KM concepts into a web application environment. Unlike most solutions for sharing knowledge that are one-dimensional such as wikis, forums, and document management systems, we wanted to blend multiple technologies together to create an application that would really facilitate knowledge sharing in an online, asynchronous environment. By coupling the features of wikis, forums, DMSs and social sites together, we developed a solution we feel truly will motivate people to not only share knowledge, but create and improve knowledge as well.”
The best way to get a feel for this product is to play with it. Give it a try.