Blogs or Wikis to Support Disaster-Relief Site

Dina Mehta, who lives in Mumbai India, helped set up a great weblog to support relief efforts in the region after the earthquake/tsunami. Since setting up the site, she's wondering if it would have been better to use a wiki instead of a blog.

Because its a community that is open, a community of people wanting to pitch in and make a difference as we watch the horror unfurling in this part of the world. We know the magic of community in coming together for a cause. Perhaps a wiki might have captured the spirit better?

First I think Dina and her fellow supporters deserve a lot of credit for getting something out there to help. They can have a real impact when it is needed most.

Second, I think her question about blog vs. wiki is interesting. I don't know the specifics of the situation, but I would think this might be a good time for the use of a weblog in conjunction with a wiki- sometimes called a bliki.

I know the folks at SeedWiki can hook a wiki into an existing Movable Type or Blogger blog. In this case, you can post a blog post and make a word in the post a link to a wiki page.

In this way, Dina could continue the time-sensitive blog posts, but at the same time point the community to wiki pages where they can contribute content.

I think this is a combination we'll be seeing more of soon. Perhaps it can work for Dina- I'm going to leave a comment with her now.