From Researching Virtual Initiatives in Education
The Underwiki is the mass of material that underpins the Re.ViCa wiki - in particular that part of it that is not currently represented on the wiki. The subcategories of the underwiki include:
- material that is public not yet on the wiki, mostly collected late in the development of the wiki right at the end of the funded period - such as distance education providers in UK and Belgium and a mass of information on countries in Hispanic America
- material that was collected for other projects - in particular for studies on VLE procurement, retention, funding models, virtual schools and other projects which is fundamentally a set of public information but which needs collated and rechecked to ensure that it does not draw on private information
- reports written for other projects which need to be rewritten for the wiki and permission obtained for them to be offered on the wiki
- material, especially comparative analyses, done for commercial clients which draw deeply on confidential information and usually involve conclusions which must remain confidential
The name "underwiki" is chosen by analogy with "underverse", a concept popularised in the (in)famous film The Chronicles of Riddick. The concept is never clearly defined (and the web does not help to elucidate it) but it clearly owes something to "subspace" or "Substratum" and "dungeon dimensions" with overtones of dark gloomy worlds (perhaps evil, certainly dangerous) that sometimes penetrate into the "real world" and "darken the light" but are a necessary support to reality.