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At Redmond, Researchers build Micropedia

Aiming to build on the metaphor popularized by Wikipedia, a pair of Microsoft researchers have built Micropedia, an internal wiki cataloging every person and project within the company.

Microsoft researcher Steve Ickman said while the company’s internal SharePoint site is great for some uses, there are some features that the Wikipedia engine has that are missing in Microsoft’s product. One big thing is the engine’s ability to archive. On the SharePoint site, typically only the current status of a project is shown.

“Once it’s gone, it’s gone,” Ickman said of the SharePoint site. Micropedia, on the other hand, retains a sense of history, noting a past project and who worked on it, even if it involved people no longer at the company.

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Microsoft, Microsoft Research, Researcher, Wikipedia, Micropedia, Wiki

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