The Wonderful World of Wikis

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  • The Wonderful World of Wikis

    1. 1. The Wonderful World of Wikis What They Are and How They Work
    2. 2. The Internet <ul><li>Question: </li></ul><ul><li>What is the primary purpose of the internet? </li></ul>
    3. 3. The Internet <ul><li>Answer: </li></ul><ul><li>To find and share information with others. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Wikis to the Rescue <ul><li>Wikis meet the need to share info </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone can create and edit </li></ul><ul><li>All wiki visitors can view </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: Wikiquote, Wiktionary …. and </li></ul>
    5. 5. The Most Famous of them All <ul><li>www.wikipedia.org </li></ul><ul><li>Online encyclopedia </li></ul><ul><li>Anyone can create or edit </li></ul><ul><li>Anyone can view </li></ul><ul><li>Over 1 million entries </li></ul><ul><li>Ten languages </li></ul>
    6. 6. Is Wikipedia Accurate? <ul><li>Communal intelligence </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteers check accuracy </li></ul><ul><li>Comparable to Encyclopedia Brittanica </li></ul><ul><li>Can be prone to abuse </li></ul><ul><li>Some teachers ban its use </li></ul>
    7. 7. Internal Wikis <ul><li>Companies set up for internal use: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training purposes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project collaboration </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. How do Wikis Work? <ul><li>Popularity = need for global servers </li></ul><ul><li>Anyone can edit or add to an entry </li></ul><ul><li>Changes “live” immediately </li></ul><ul><li>Revision history shown </li></ul><ul><li>Topic change alerts available </li></ul><ul><li>Administrative privileges for some </li></ul>
    9. 9. In Conclusion <ul><li>Wikis are a great way to share information </li></ul><ul><li>Check other sources for accuracy </li></ul><ul><li>Give them a try </li></ul>

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