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*Wiki as Courseware
 
*Wiki as Courseware
**Example: [http://biro.bemidjistate.edu/~morgan/e-rhetoric/wiki.php E-Rhetoric Wiki] and [http://biro.bemidjistate.edu/cgi/twwtwiki.pl Teaching Writing With Technology Wiki](courses at Bemidji State University)
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**Examples:  
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***[http://biro.bemidjistate.edu/~morgan/e-rhetoric/wiki.php E-Rhetoric Wiki] (course at Bemidji State University)
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***[http://biro.bemidjistate.edu/cgi/twwtwiki.pl Teaching Writing With Technology Wiki](course at Bemidji State University)
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== How Librarians Can Use Wikis for Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration ==
 
== How Librarians Can Use Wikis for Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration ==
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**Collaborative Document Development
 
**Collaborative Document Development
 
**Reference Wiki
 
**Reference Wiki
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*Collective Knowledge Base
 
*Collective Knowledge Base
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**Stop reinventing the wheel!
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**Benefit from the experiences of others
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**Examples
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***Library Success Wiki -- space for collecting success stories about providing services in libraries
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***Library Instruction Wiki -- space for collecting Web links, hand-outs, and success stories about providing information literacy instruction.
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***LISWiki -- library science knowledge base
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***[http://www.digiwik.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page DigiWik] -- all about digitization
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***[http://teacherslounge.editme.com/ The Teachers' Lounge] -- collective knowledge base for teachers
  
 
*Guidebook
 
*Guidebook
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**Examples
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***[http://meredith.wolfwater.com/wiki ALA Chicago 2005 Unofficial Wiki]
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***[http://ili2005.xwiki.com/xwiki/bin/view/Main/WebHome Internet Librarian International 2005 Unofficial Wiki]
  
 
*Planning Space for Conferences, Meetings, etc.
 
*Planning Space for Conferences, Meetings, etc.
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**Examples
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***[http://higheredblogcon.editme.com/ HigherEd BlogCon] planning space
  
 
*Group Projects
 
*Group Projects
 
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**Collaboratively editing a document.
  
 
== So You Want To Build a Wiki: Important Considerations ==
 
== So You Want To Build a Wiki: Important Considerations ==
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Check out the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wiki_farms List of wiki farms] in the Wikipedia.
 
Check out the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wiki_farms List of wiki farms] in the Wikipedia.
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=== Important Things to Consider When Choosing Wiki Software ===
 
=== Important Things to Consider When Choosing Wiki Software ===
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=== Getting People On Board ===
 
=== Getting People On Board ===
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*Have a specific purpose
 
*Have a specific purpose
 
*To structure or not to structure?
 
*To structure or not to structure?

Revision as of 17:29, 2 January 2006

Contents

What is a Wiki?

Why Wiki?

  • Easy to use
    • Web-based
    • Simple syntax (don't need to know HTML)
  • Anyone can make changes -- no more waiting for the Webmaster to get around to your requested changes.
  • Many free and open source options
  • Flexible and extensible


Why Not?

  • Too open -- "I don't want someone changing my writing!"
  • Vandalism and spam
  • No "credit"
  • Intellectual property issues


How Libraries Can Use Wikis With Their Patrons

  • Wikify the OPAC
    • Patrons annotating the catalog -- see Open WorldCat for an example.


How Librarians Can Use Wikis for Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration

  • Staff Intranet
    • Collaborative Document Development
    • Reference Wiki
  • Collective Knowledge Base
    • Stop reinventing the wheel!
    • Benefit from the experiences of others
    • Examples
      • Library Success Wiki -- space for collecting success stories about providing services in libraries
      • Library Instruction Wiki -- space for collecting Web links, hand-outs, and success stories about providing information literacy instruction.
      • LISWiki -- library science knowledge base
      • DigiWik -- all about digitization
      • The Teachers' Lounge -- collective knowledge base for teachers
  • Planning Space for Conferences, Meetings, etc.
  • Group Projects
    • Collaboratively editing a document.

So You Want To Build a Wiki: Important Considerations

Where Will Your Wiki Live?

DIY Wikis (hosted on your server, installed by you)

Check out the Wiki Matrix to compare wikis side-by-side.

Hosted Wikis/Wiki Farms (your wiki on another company's servers)

Check out the List of wiki farms in the Wikipedia.


Important Things to Consider When Choosing Wiki Software

  • Programming language
  • Ease of installation
  • Ease of use
  • Cost
  • Syntax
  • Version control
  • Ability to hold discussions
  • RSS
  • Ability to change look
  • Security
    • Permissioning
    • Spam prevention


Getting People On Board

  • Have a specific purpose
  • To structure or not to structure?
  • Be explicit.
  • Actively prevent spam.

See my advice for building a successfull wiki at ALA Wiki: What I learned and what I’m doing with it (on my blog) and So You Want to Build a Wiki? (from WebJunction).

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