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The DavisWiki website on Thursday, December 13, 2007
URL http://daviswiki.org/
Commercial? Nonprofit
Type of site City Wiki
Registration Optional
Created by Community of Davis, California
Launched 2004

daviswiki.org is a wiki based in Davis, California about the people, events, universities, bands, places and other things of the city.[1][2] For example, it includes information about local events, advice for classes to take or not take at UC Davis, locations of the cleanest bathrooms in town, and ways a poor student can best pack a to-go box from the local restaurant buffets.


Size and activity

DavisWiki was at one point undisputedly the largest City Wiki in the world. Karlsruhe's city wiki has since surpassed DavisWiki in total page count, but differences in the wiki software, varying content/page densities, make drawing conclusions from page counts problematic. As of November 2009 DavisWiki has over 14,945 pages, 11134 registered editors, 301 editors who have made over 100 edits, and 35 editors who have made over 1000 edits.[citation needed].

Community involvement

Based on the above activity, and the interest that local politics have on daviswiki, the Davis Human Relations Commission awarded the daviswiki the Thong Hy Huynh Award for Excellence in Community Involvement.[3]

Neutral Point of View?

Davis Wiki includes long discussions on its pages regarding local politics, local elections, development, city policies and similar material. This is a bit counter to many wikis, which strive for a neutral point of view in all articles. Articles on the Davis Wiki are balanced by consolidating commentary to present an aggregate set of multiple points-of-view, intending to reflect the actual Davis community.

Funding and operations

DavisWiki runs Sycamore, a software package forked from python-based Moin Moin, and is now part of a larger site (developed from Sycamore/Daviswiki) WikiSpot which offers free hosting of community wikis.

The site itself is run advertisement-free through community donations and fundraising events.[4]

See also


  1. DavisWiki offers resources to Davis residents, students
  2. Web site has scoop on Davis community, Davis Wiki allows users to add and edit listings on everything from city politics to the best places in town for a date.
  3. HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION, MINUTES, Thursday, April 26, 2007
  4. " UC-Davis: UC-Davis alumnus-funded site holds event.

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