Wikis – Beyond Wikipedia

Wikipedia

What is a Wiki?

Think of wikis as a collaborative network of webpages that are written and edited by a group of individuals. Essentially, they work like an idea map. Each editor adds a new idea that is linked to or searchable through other pages on the wiki site.

Wikipedia is the best-known example of a wiki. Each page is written by many different authors, each able to change what was written before them and elaborate as necessary. In this sense, wikis are self-correcting. If I create a page about spiders and refer to them as insects, another editor can come in and change “insects” to the correct classification of “arachnids.”

Wikis are traditionally used for sharing knowledge. Wikipedia works like a public encyclopedia to which anyone can add (given that an editor doesn’t delete your changes). They have also been used within educational arenas, medical professional groups, and even businesses. However, wikis aren’t limited to simple information sharing. Wikis have less commonly used abilities. For instance, a press release draft could be entered into a wiki, and changes/edits could be made collaboratively by clients/PR Professionals.

I’ve created a test example of a wiki for Haberman Employees to explore at http://testwiki.serveblog.net/wiki/Main_Page. David, Nikki, John, and I have made a few pages to start. Edit, add, and include references as needed. This site is temporary and for fun. Add a page about your favorite happy hour spots or your own bio. Explore how wikis can link within themselves or link to websites that exist outside of the wiki.

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