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== What is a Wiki? ==
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A wiki allows a group of people to collaboratively develop a Web site with no knowledge of HTML or other markup languages. Anyone can add to or edit pages in a wiki -- it is completely egalitarian. Anyone can create new wiki pages simply by creating a new link with the name of the page. Pages are connected not hierarchically, but by hyperlinks between pages.
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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]
  
According to the creator of Wiki, Ward Cunningham, wikis can be identified by the following characteristics:
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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] ===
  
*"A wiki invites all users to edit any page or to create new pages within the wiki Web site, using only a plain-vanilla Web browser without any extra add-ons."
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*"Wiki promotes meaningful topic associations between different pages by making page link creation almost intuitively easy and by showing whether an intended target page exists or not."
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*"A wiki is not a carefully crafted site for casual visitors. Instead, it seeks to involve the visitor in an ongoing process of creation and collaboration that constantly changes the Web site landscape."
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(From Leuf, Bo and Ward Cunningham. ''The Wiki Way: Quick Collaboration on the Web''. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson, 2001: 16.)
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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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== Why Wiki? ==
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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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**Examples:
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***[http://wiki.ucalgary.ca/page/Main_Page University of Calgary Wiki]
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***[http://arborwiki.org/index.php?title=Main_Page Ann Arbor Wiki] (done by the Community High School Web Group)
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***[http://rocwiki.org/ RocWiki]: The People's Guide to Rochester
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***[http://daviswiki.org/Front_Page Davis Wiki]
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*Subject Guide Wiki
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**Examples:
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***[http://www.library.ohiou.edu/subjects/bizwiki/index.php/Main_Page Biz Wiki] (Ohio University)
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***[http://www.libraryforlife.org/subjectguides/index.php/Main_Page SJCPL's Subject Guides](St. Joseph County Public Library)
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*Wikify the OPAC
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**Patrons annotating the catalog -- see [http://www.worldcatlibraries.org/wcpa/isbn/1594200637&tab=reviews Open WorldCat] for an example.
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*Wiki as Courseware
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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 ==
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*Staff Intranet
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**Collaborative Document Development
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**Reference Wiki
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***Example: [http://wiki.lib.umn.edu/University of Minnesota Libraries Staff Homepage]
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*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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***[http://www.libsuccess.org Library Success Wiki] -- space for collecting success stories about providing services in libraries
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***[http://instructionwiki.org/Main_Page Library Instruction Wiki] -- space for collecting Web links, hand-outs, and success stories about providing information literacy instruction.
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***[http://www.liswiki.com/wiki/Main_Page LISWiki] -- general 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
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*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]
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*Planning Space for Conferences, Meetings, etc.
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**Example: [http://higheredblogcon.editme.com/ HigherEd BlogCon] planning wiki
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*Group Projects
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**Collaboratively editing a document.
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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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=== Getting People On Board ===
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*Have a specific purpose
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*To structure or not to structure?
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*Be explicit.
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*Actively prevent spam.
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See my advice for building a successfull wiki at ''[http://meredith.wolfwater.com/wordpress/index.php/?p=254 ALA Wiki: What I learned and what I’m doing with it]'' (on my blog) and ''[http://webjunction.org/do/DisplayContent?id=11262 So You Want to Build a Wiki?]'' (from WebJunction).
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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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