LocalWiki supports a grassroots effort to collect, share and open the world’s local knowledge. LocalWiki projects are the opposite of today’s bite-size, disposable web. They’re informative, noncommercial, and built for the long term, by neighbors who simply love their communities.
In 2004 the team behind LocalWiki started the Davis Wiki, an experimental project to collect and share interesting information about the town of Davis, California, editable by anyone, that soon became the world’s largest and most vibrant community wiki.
Today the residents of Davis use it for everything from learning about local news and local history to helping return lost pets to their owners — and it’s become the largest, most used media source in the city. In a week, nearly half of residents use the Davis Wiki; in a month, nearly everyone uses it. And 1 in 7 residents contribute material to the Davis Wiki.
LocalWiki’s goal is to help as many communities as possible realize the full potential of such an amazing, collaborative information resource.