Working With Wikis Libraries Aug2007


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  • Working With Wikis Libraries Aug2007

    1. 1. Creative Commons license Attribution- ShareAlike
    2. 2. Did You Know?
    3. 3. Web 2.0 working and learning differently in the 21 st century beta
    4. 4. Web 2.0 Not a standard Not a software package Not a hardware platform
    5. 5. Interactive Collaborative Participatory Connected Networked Community - driven by community’s needs Social Web 2.0
    6. 6. User Generated <ul><li>According to a recent study from the Pew Internet & American Life project: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>more than one-half of all teens have created media content, and roughly one-third of teens who use the Internet have shared content they produced. </li></ul></ul>(Lenhardt & Madden, 2005)
    7. 7. Collaborating and sharing information online Web 2.0
    8. 8. Web 2.0 = dialogue/conversation any time, anywhere via the internet
    9. 10. Collective intelligence Generating ideas Building knowledge and expertise Web 2.0
    10. 11. InnoCentive® is an exciting web-based community matching top scientists to relevant R&D challenges facing leading companies from around the globe. We provide a powerful online forum enabling major companies to reward scientific innovation through financial incentives.
    11. 12. IBM has used internal wikis since 2005 Sixteen U.S. intelligence agencies have begun using a common wiki called Intellipedia, a government run and top-secret information-sharing source that allows them to merge research and intelligence gathering. … the nonpartisan WikiCongress—a user-generated Capitol Hill founded by former U.S. congressional staffers—lets the public vote on bills, create petitions and propose new policy, and then forwards the results to legislators. Consider Habitat Jam, an open conversation that was hosted recently by the nonprofit Globe Foundation in preparation for the third session of the World Urban Forum, a gathering of leaders to discuss the impact of global urbanization. During a three-day digital discussion, hundreds of thousands of people from 191 countries engaged in issues ranging from safety and security to improving the lives of slum dwellers. Bennett, Jessica. &quot;Power In Numbers.&quot; Newsweek 6 Aug. 2007. 26 Aug. 2007     <>.
    12. 13. Whose watching your space?
    13. 15. Web 2.0 / Library 2.0 <ul><li>Fundamentally different </li></ul><ul><li>Transformative </li></ul><ul><li>Not device dependent </li></ul>
    14. 16. Web 2.0 / Library 2.0 Tools <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Social networks </li></ul><ul><li>etc. </li></ul>Ning
    15. 17. What is a Wiki? <ul><li>Wiki means quick in Hawaiian </li></ul><ul><li>Name used by wiki creator because wikis are a quick and easy way to post content to the web </li></ul>
    16. 18. Key Points <ul><li>Creating and linking pages is fast and easy </li></ul><ul><li>No knowledge of programming languages needed </li></ul><ul><li>Mainly text based; simple layouts </li></ul><ul><li>History is maintained </li></ul><ul><li>Anyone can create and edit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(based on permissions) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Contributions made at different times and from different geographical areas </li></ul>
    17. 19. Wiki Traditional Web Site <ul><li>Open editing </li></ul><ul><li>Simple text formatting </li></ul><ul><li>Earlier versions stored </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to create new pages </li></ul><ul><li>Low security </li></ul><ul><li>Equal user roles </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple authors; some anonymity </li></ul><ul><li>Communal collaborative </li></ul><ul><li>Considered work in progress </li></ul><ul><li>Limited editing (HTML) </li></ul><ul><li>Earlier versions not automatically stored </li></ul><ul><li>Harder to create new pages </li></ul><ul><li>Higher security </li></ul><ul><li>Limited authorship </li></ul><ul><li>Individual </li></ul>
    18. 20. Why use wikis? <ul><li>Free or low cost </li></ul><ul><li>No software to download so works on older computers if they can handle a web browser </li></ul><ul><li>Tracking of contributions and progress </li></ul><ul><li>Services/events more visible </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to engage with patrons </li></ul><ul><li>Share library knowledge </li></ul>
    19. 21. Wikis in Plain English
    20. 22. Time to try it
    21. 23. History <ul><li>All saved versions of your pages are kept in a history </li></ul><ul><li>You can compare versions </li></ul><ul><li>You can delete versions </li></ul><ul><li>You can revert to previous versions </li></ul>
    22. 24. Links to examples
    23. 25. Wiki planning 1 – decide on the goals/objectives of the wiki 2 – identify and select the technology (hosted/non hosted; free/cost) that will be required 3 – create a general organizational framework for the wiki (example; templates; guidelines page) 4 – make target audience aware of the wiki (publicize) 5 – model use of the wiki 6 – evaluate wiki’s usefulness (gather data and stories to compare ‘before wiki’ and ‘after wiki’) 7 – encourage feedback inside the wiki (encourages continued use of wiki Tips
    24. 26. Wiki planning Team members Timeline Staff training General editing guidelines Roles administrator, gardener, etc. Determination of user access level – permissions Ongoing maintenance and re-evaluation Tips