mardi 29 novembre 2011

Google Groups Discussion Forum about the Migration Knol-WordPress-Annotum


Lots of questions about the migration from Google Knol to WordPress-Annotum, but where to find the answers?

I proposed you already some small tutorials where to find support, where here the main links again:

for the migration, here is an other solution for people who are liking to discuss about the migration, a Google Groups Discussion Forum, you will find the address (URL) by visiting Annotum-About

On the bottom of that page you will see a link "discussion list" as shown in the screenshot below, click this link who points to the discussion forum...

Image (screenshot) credit: Annotum-About

Hope this helps... Stay tuned for next small tutorial ;)

How to publish with co-authors?


An other question which Knol authors are asking:

How to publish with co-authors?

This question is getting answered on Annotum Knowledgebase under "Annotum Users, Roles and Permissions".

Image (screenshot) credit: Annotum Knowledgebase

Hope this helps... read the completely article here Annotum Users, Roles and Permissions.

Who reviews or approves content for Annotum?


Here an other important to know article from WordPress-Annotum, see screenshot below.

Image (screenshot) credit: Annotum Uservoice

Hope this helps...

Annotum Official Support


Here is the Official Annotum Support site: ===> <===
There you’ll find links to the Annotum KnowledgeBase, a place to submit help requests, and even a way to suggest new features for future versions of Annotum.
Hope this helps... You will find this link also on the right hand navigation of this blog under:


Image (screenshot) credit: Official Annotum Support

So, as you can see on above screenshot, the fellows from Annotum are working hard to give best support for users (coming soon, video demos...). I have the positive feeling that Knol authors would get a good support in there new home...

lundi 28 novembre 2011

What can Knol authors expect from WordPress-Annotum? What Knol authors should know-Part 2


As on Part 1 of my small tutorials we have seen how the house is looking  (templates), now we need to know also how many people are allowed to be resident in that rented (for FREE) house, thus meaning:

Is it possible to create WordPress-Annotum articles with different authors?

YES. The template Annotum was especially created for this...

If your knols have multiple authors, you’ll need to map those authors to users, or you can add those users to your journal later.
See the illustration below:

Text from Theme Showcase: Annotum is an open-source, open-process, open-access scholarly authoring and publishing platform based on WordPress. Annotum provides a complete, open-access scholarly journal production system including peer-review, workflow, and advanced editing and formatting features such as structured figures, equations, PubMed and CrossRef reference import, and structured XML input and output compatible with the National Library of Medicine’s Journal Article DTD.

Thus meaning: the advanced editing allows it to use the WordPress-Annotum (ONLY Annotum) Template to work together on a same article. More info here:

Text from Moving a Google Knol to

===> If your Knol had more than one author, you may need to assign those articles to other users, or invite your coauthors to join Every coauthor who wants to move with you to will need to sign up for their own account. If your coauthors aren’t already on, you can assign articles to them later once they have created their accounts.  <===

Here below an extended view of the Annotum Template use who explains on a visual way:

Hope this helps to answer most of questions on co-author-ship...

What can Knol authors expect from WordPress-Annotum? What Knol authors should know-Part 1


I will start a short series of tutorials here to explain in small steps about what Knol authors can expect from WordPress-Annotium, so that the migration will get better understood.

What happens now to Knol authors is like moving from one house to an other one and I will try to explain it on this way. So first of all, how is this new house looking?

Are there templates in WordPress-Annotium?

YES, but ONLY two templates for the moment. Please have a look below:

 Annotum Sans

Annotum Base 

So this house is not our own house, authors are renting it only and this for FREE. Are authors allowed to transform this house, meaning to use an other template as the two proposed templates?

Authors are allowed, of course, to change the templates but... NO, don't do this! Here below why:

WARNING! You are currently running an Annotum-enabled theme: Annotum Sans

Switching to a non-Annotum-enabled theme would make your scholarly articles invisible, if you have any. Never fear, the content would be preserved, but can only be displayed within an Annotum-enabled theme. Should you want to want to switch to one of our standard or premium themes, you can convert your articles to standard posts beforehand. By doing so, your articles will be visible under any of our themes.

On Knol, authors were authorized and encouraged to create their own templates but this is not allowed for Annotum Template. We may ask for more specific templates once we are installed on Annotum...

I think these are the two first steps Knol authors should know up from the beginning. Next short tutorial will answer your questions about multi-authors on WordPress-Annotium. Coming soon, stay tuned ;)

dimanche 27 novembre 2011

Extended: Google Knol to WordPress migration


eXpressIN have also written some more helpful posts for Google Knol migration:
this post will be more extended and detailed version and answers lots of questions such as:

  • Why Google is shutting down Knol
  • How it will impact Knol authors
  • Why they are not migrating Knols to blogger
  • How I will migrate to WordPress
  • What’s the redirection, what needs to be done
  • I want to migarate  Knols to Blogger or is there any other Google service I can use
  • What if I want to move my Knols to my own personal website ( my own domain and web hosting)

All the questions are answered on their experience with this industry for past 7 years and all views are their personal. They are trying to answer as simple as they can and if you have any more questions and if anything looks more technical in nature, please comment at last of this page … be assured they will get you an answer.

Visit their complete article Extended: Google Knol to WordPress migration where all these questions are getting answered.
Many thanks to this friendly help from them...

Demos of knols migrated to Annotum


Looks like the fellows from WordPress are working hard to help Knol authors as they created some demos from "copied knol" migrations:

Message to these programmers: thanks a lot for this especially also for having used one of my knols :)

samedi 26 novembre 2011

Moving from Google Knol to


IMPORTANT, please read this:

===> Hello!
If you are making the transition from Google Knol to, please do not post in the forums about the problem you are experiencing. We need to know about any and all issues with the Google Knol as soon as we can, so if you've already read theFAQ and the step-by-step guide and are still experiencing trouble, please contact Support directly.
Thanks, and welcome to! <===

Moving a Google Knol to


Here is the guide with screenshots on How-To move a Google Knol to WordPress:

System Vision and Use Cases of ANNOTUM...


Interesting to know how ANNOTUM was developped and for which audience:

Enjoy it...

How-To get started with WordPress for Knol Migration...


I continue with my series of posts to let know Knol authors know on How-To make the migration a succes... More info here on How-To start with WordPress:

Get Started with WordPress:, enjoy it :)

Stay tuned for next posts...

Where Knol authors could find Help for the migration...


Knol authors could find Help here for the migration: and also know what is going on, check out...

A migration solution from Knol to ANNOTUM WordPress...


Google Knol is proposing a migration of the knols to the new ANNOTUM WordPress platform, but:

===> Welcome to the home of Annotum, an open-source, open-process, open-access >>>>"scholarly authoring and publishing platform" <<<< based on WordPress. <===


This could get understood as meaning that ONLY a small percentage of Knol authors will be able to use that solution as lot of knols don’t have a scholarly content… but a Knol author “Murry SHOHAT” asked about this in the Google Groupes Guidance for Knol authors  and got the following Answer:

Please note that Annotum is a software tool in the form of a WordPress theme and associated plugins – it is not a repository of articles or knowledge. Please see the following article for more information:…

Individuals can choose to move their knol content to a site that uses the Annotum theme, either on or on a self-hosted WordPress site that the user controls. It is *the site owner* for each of these sites that is responsible for recruiting peer reviewers, submission guidelines, and approval standards and processes.

Regarding your question about article quality, neither the Annotum software team nor the hosting group will make any restrictions on what content is transferred, or created, assuming the content lies within the very broad terms of service ( for content  on

I will follow the evolution and comment all the known issues here, stay tuned for next posts ;)

mercredi 23 novembre 2011

It's over for Knol!

More spring cleaning out of season

11/22/2011 01:40:00 PM
This is our third blog post in our off-season spring cleaning series. To recap, we’re in the process of shutting a number of products which haven’t had the impact we’d hoped for, integrating others as features into our broader product efforts, and ending several which have shown us a different path forward. Overall, our aim is to build a simpler, more intuitive, truly beautiful Google user experience. In terms of the details, here is the latest update:

Knol—We launched Knol in 2007 to help improve web content by enabling experts to collaborate on in-depth articles. In order to continue this work, we’ve been working with Solvitor and Crowd Favorite to create Annotum, an open-source scholarly authoring and publishing platform based on WordPress. Knol will work as usual until April 30, 2012, and you can download your knols to a file and/or migrate them to From May 1 through October 1, 2012, knols will no longer be viewable, but can be downloaded and exported. After that time, Knol content will no longer be accessible.

vendredi 18 novembre 2011

I Love Knol

To Knol Help Team
Don’t let authors every time scream

Give Knol more attention
Authors will thank you with affection

Fix all the bugs
Authors will give you a lot of virtual hugs

To Knol Management
When do you make a statement?
There is a missing fragment!

Listen to your Knol customers
Don’t let them be anymore only testers

Use all the technical possibilities of 21st Century tools
To make Knol more open for schools

To make Knol more professional and operational
This will make Knol more sensational

This will bring Knol more visitors
And so Knol will get more close to competitors

Be active, be creative and be innovative, 
This will make customers addictive 

That’s my call to you for motivation
Hope you understood this call for collaboration

Make Knol more known
This will make it grown

(C) Gust MEES

mercredi 16 novembre 2011

Knol voted as Best TOP 100 Learning Tool on place 63 in 2011


Here are the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2011. This the 5th Annual Survey of Learning Tools finalised on 13 November 2011. This year’s list is compiled from the Top 10 Tools lists of 531 learning professionals worldwide – from education, training and workplace learning.

More infos here:


  • Knol For Education

  • Knol For Education-Practicle Examples and Projects

  • Knol-its possibilities