Habits wiki officially started on the 8th of September 2016.
The idea was born early 2013 and its purpose is to bring all the peoples around the world closer to each other. With all the bad stuff that happens I still believe in the goodness of humanity. That’s why I think we just need to know each other in order to stop all wars on this planet and to eventually help all the starving and suffering people.
I searched for a system that is flexible enough to make unhindered growth possible and stable enough to organize a big amount of data in it. In order to collect all the different habits of the world it is necessary to provide simple functions for users to generate new habits forms and to fill these forms with country-specific habits descriptions. I found the open source software mediawiki with the semantic mediawiki extension that fits almost perfect to the purpose and the needs of habits.wiki. I used this software to create the first forms and templates in order to make it easy for users to enter their habits into the system. The point of this method is it to produce a unified data structure that makes every query you can think of, possible. The hole content is dynamic and fits to the ever-changing world in which we live. So in a more or less far future it will be possible to make querys about how the different countries have changed.
Early 2016 I was guest at the Otelo Club in Linz where I met Daniela Waser who introduced me to Susi Windischbauer from the Ars Electronica. She offered me time and hardware to talk with the refugees from the refugee lab and to gain the first knowledge about the needs of habits.wiki.
This was the impulse I needed to start the project. After a few successful meetings with the members of the refugee lab and the first habit collection, I became the offer to be a part of the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, 2016 where we had the opportunity to talk to a lot of people from all around the world in order to improve the platform and to collect more country-specific habits.
Luckily, after a period of searching I found a genius developer, named Daniel Werner who helped me to get habits.wiki on more solid legs for its purposes.
I wanna kindly thank Daniel Werner on this way. A lot of thanks to Daniela Waser and Susi Windischbauer for pushing me and habits.wiki forward.
I also wanna thank the members of the Ars Electronica refugee lab 2016 for helping me to start the input of habits. Special thanks to Romy Feist, Jems, Alpha Omar and Zahir Hussain for the exceptional support at the Ars Electronica Festival.
Left to right.
First Row: Michael Hackl, Romy Feist, Andreas Breiteneder
Second Row: Jems, Unbekannt, Zahir Hussain
Third Row: Ishdar, Alpha Omar, … Hussain
The next steps:
Make the platform multilingual.
Implement 100 Habitforms.
Implement a good Project improvement system, so all the developers that are interestet in the project can also contribute there knowledge.
After that i gonna search for help in every country by contacting a lot of professors in social schools in form of project-related classworks and social institutions, to help filling in all the 100 created Habitforms in there own language, english and german.