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SFHOMELESS.NET and Wikia: Wiki technology expanding into government and social service resources

Author David Beall (SFHomeless.Wikia.com)
Track Wikimedia Community
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About the author
David Beall is Executive Director of San Francisco Revival Ministry and founder of SFHomeless.net hosted at SFHomeless.Wikia.com. As a social worker providing services for San Francisco's homeless, David saw the community need to have homeless resources in a wiki format on the internet, available for all to use and edit. Prior to his non-profit work David was a Senior Business Analyst in Quality Assurance working for a San Francisco IT company.
Abstract
The San Francisco Homeless Resource wiki (SFHomeless.Wikia.com; SFHomeless.net) is an innovative use of wiki technology in gathering social resources and presenting them in communal ways with the added benefit of community editing. The resource, begun in January 2007, is growing in pages, users, and uses, and promises to be an invaluable aid in helping solve homeless issues in San Francisco, and hopefully beyond if the concept is successfully exported to other cities.
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