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An aural wiki is the result of a thought experiment on WhatIsaWiki: what would an open, organic, observable audible wiki look like?
- Open is the least intellectual leap: the audience are assumed to be able to speak and hear (disabilities would have to be considered separately), and anyone with a microphone can edit anything.
- Organic is the most interesting challenge. Each aural concept (idea, song, member of the community, etc.) must be assigned an aural tag for the brain to remember and reference. Text is one option, using speech-to-text software to translate the user's spoken request into a page title. Another option is to use musical refrains, and/or sung text, to reference pages, allowing a language of notes, chords, refrains and song lyrics to be built up, referencing spoken descriptions, stories, and even entire musical symphonies. Imagine: WikiPedia:Symphony_No._5_(Beethoven) being called up from the simple refrain, Da-da-da-dummm!
- Observable is a technical challenge — how do you best present audible changes — but not an immediately interesting intellectual challenge.
An organic audible wiki could allow a community to map and explore a legacy of sound and music, old and new, not suited for mundane text. -- ChrisPurcell