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== What is a Wiki? ==
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http://meredith.wolfwater.com/wikiwiki.jpg
  
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By Meredith Gorran Farkas<br />
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Distance Learning Librarian<br />
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Norwich University<br />
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Northfield, VT<br />
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[http://meredith.wolfwater.com/contact.php Contact me by e-mail]<br />
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AIM & MSN Messenger: librarianmer<br />
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My blog: [http://meredith.wolfwater.com/wordpress/ Information Wants To Be Free]
  
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=== For the Podcast that accompanies this talk, please click on [http://www.opal-online.org/wiki20060112.mp3 Part One] and [http://www.opal-online.org/wiki20060112b.mp3 Part Two] ===
  
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== Why Wiki? ==
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''[[What is a Wiki|Continue to What is a Wiki?]]'' [http://www.libsuccess.org/index.php?title=What_is_a_Wiki http://meredith.wolfwater.com/wikiway.jpg]
 
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*Easy to use
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**Web-based
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**Simple syntax (don't need to know HTML)
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*Anyone can make changes -- no more waiting for the Webmaster to get around to your requested changes.
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*Many free and open source options
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*Flexible and extensible
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== Why Not? ==
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*Too open -- "I don't want someone changing ''my'' writing!"
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*Vandalism and spam
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*No "credit"
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*Intellectual property issues
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== How Libraries Can Use Wikis With Their Patrons ==
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Community Wiki
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Subject Guide Wiki
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Wikify the OPAC
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Wiki as Courseware
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== How Librarians Can Use Wikis for Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration ==
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*Staff Intranet
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**Collaborative Document Development
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**Reference Wiki
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*Collective Knowledge Base
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*Guidebook
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*Planning Space for Conferences, Meetings, etc.
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*Group Projects
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== So You Want To Build a Wiki: Important Considerations ==
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=== Where Will Your Wiki Live? ===
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'''DIY Wikis''' (hosted on your server, installed by you)
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*[http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki MediaWiki]
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*[http://phpwiki.sourceforge.net/ PhpWiki]
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*[http://www.pmwiki.org/ PmWiki]
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*[http://www.xwiki.org/ XWiki]
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*[http://moinmoin.wikiwikiweb.de/ MoinMoinWiki]
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Check out the [http://www.wikimatrix.org/ Wiki Matrix] to compare wikis side-by-side.
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'''Hosted Wikis/Wiki Farms''' (your wiki on another company's servers)
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*[http://www.pbwiki.com/ PBWiki] (''free'')
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*[http://www.schtuff.com/ Schtuff] (''free'')
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*[http://www.seedwiki.com/ SeedWiki] (''free'')
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*[http://www.wikispaces.com/ Wikispaces] (''free'')
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*[http://www.editme.com EditMe.com]
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*[http://www.jot.com/index.php JotSpot]
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*[http://www.socialtext.com/ SocialText] (''enterprise wiki'')
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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 ===
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*Programming language
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*Ease of installation
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*Ease of use
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*Cost
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*Syntax
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*Version control
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*Ability to hold discussions
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*RSS
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*Ability to change look
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*Security
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**Permissioning
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**Spam prevention
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Latest revision as of 17:34, 15 November 2007

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By Meredith Gorran Farkas
Distance Learning Librarian
Norwich University
Northfield, VT
Contact me by e-mail
AIM & MSN Messenger: librarianmer
My blog: Information Wants To Be Free

[edit] For the Podcast that accompanies this talk, please click on Part One and Part Two



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