Although not slated to be complete until the end of October, I thought I’d share with the ‘Studio Wikitecture’ community some of the functionality that is projected for the website as well as the Second Life in-world interface that will be used for the next Wikitecture experiment.

The main in-world component will include what we are calling a ‘Wikitecture Tree’. Although its final form will most likely change in the final version, the following video will give you a rough sense of the overarching concept.

The general idea is that this ‘Wikitecture Tree’ will hover over the parcel that will house the evolving OAN design. Each ‘leaf’ contains the prims or objects of a single design iteration contributed by one person in the community.

The proximity of one ‘leaf’ to the next indicates that the designs contained within, are very similar derivatives of each other. The further away a ‘leaf’ is from another, indicates either a major change in the design direction or an entirely new direction all together. The animated link between two ‘leaves’ indicates the direction the designs were derived from one another.

Also, the color of the ‘leafy boxes’ represents the number of votes the community has given the design contained with the leaf. For example, the more green a leaf, the more votes, yellow has less, and red, the least number. The top ranked design at any one time will be called ‘the trunk’ and will take on, you guessed it, a bark texture. In order that the tree doesn’t get too elaborately huge, there will be a point where the tree will prune itself of the lowest ranked designs.

The main interface (not shown in the video) of this ‘Wikitecture Tree’ will allow you to either touch a specific ‘leaf’ and have the leaf’s design “rezzed” or materialized onto the Second Life land parcel or you will be able to cycle through the various ‘leaves’, rezzing the designs onto the parcel by either vote count or date added.

If, as you are cycling through the various designs, come across one you like or dislike, the interface will allow you to place either a positive or negative vote toward the design.

In addition the interface will allow you to leave textual comments in the way of threaded discussions that will sent to the SW website. You will also be able to take snapshots of specific areas of the design and, with comments, send them to the website as well.

So if after cycling through the designs, you see one you would like to modify, you can either take the prims/objects of that design into your inventory to work on off site (such as a sandbox), or simply proceed with the changes you would like to make to the design directly on the Wikitecture parcel itself.

…and finally when you are done with your modification of the design, the Wikitecture tree will allow you to save your new design iteration inside a newly created leaf and include some textual comments explaining your design as well.

So the big question: What if our collaboratively designed entry actually wins this OAN competition? How will the reward money actually be divvied up amongst the contributors? Although the system we have in mind is not perfect, we feel it’s a start. This is one component of the experiment we feel will need to be massaged here and there as we go forward and would love your input to help improve it. If you worked on the last Wikitecture experiment, we will be using the same system where by we ask all the contributors to assess what percentage they feel they have contributed to the design as well as what percentage they feel others have contributed. The general idea being, that when everyone’s assessment of each other is averaged out, however subjective it may be, a pretty fair judgment is made to how much (compensation, ownership, IP rights, etc) should be dolled out to each contributor.

This pdf illustrates the spreadsheet we used to assess everyone’s contribution in the last experiment. Although we have some potential improvements on this assessment system, for the sake of simplicity, we will start with the same system for this experiment as well. We plan on including a forum on the new website for everyone to discuss not only this contribution analysis system, but any other improvements you might have in mind for future experiments as well.