Tuesday, January 8, 2008

What is a Wiki?

A wiki is a database of pages which visitors can edit live via the internet. They typically allow all users to edit any page, with full freedom to edit, change and delete the work of previous authors.
Another way to understand a wiki is as a document that is collectively created and maintained.

This links to a short (3 minute) video from ZDnet, entitled "What is a Wiki?":
http://news.zdnet.com/2422-13569_22-154679.html

Here is an interesting example of a wiki, a site that is a dynamically written novel:
http://www.amillionpenguins.com/wiki/index.php/Welcome

Here is another wiki, which serves as an online university:
http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Wikiversity:Main_Page

This site lists dozens of other wiki examples:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wikis

1 comment:

Alison said...

I have used a couple of wikis for joint projects now-they certainly made it easier to see what was being produced by other teams (we were building a digital library) and therefore collaborate and draw inspiration from other people's ideas. My two quibbles were that firstly, it was hard to keep up to date with changes made to the wiki (associated RSS feeds send alerts when a "the" is changed to an "a" and it ended up being yet another site to check. Secondly, and maybe this merely reveals my innate librarian-ness, the wiki needs good structure or else it becomes very hard to find anything. The first wiki I worked on was more dictatorial about structure, but it certainly made things easier to find. Oh, and I guess my bonus quibble was that it's very easy to delete or write over material, which again hurts my librarian archival self. Other than that, both of my wiki projects were fun to work on!