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TCD cs3107 Autumn 2013 Lecture 2.1

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  • 1. Wiki’s
  • 2. Jimmy Wales Jimmy Wales is an American Internet entrepreneur best known as a co-founder and promoter of the online nonprofit encyclopedia Wikipedia. Completed a PhD in finance and worked as the research director of a Chicago futures and options firm. 1996 - Bomis, a male-oriented web portal featuring entertainment and adult content. The company would provide the initial funding for the peer-reviewed free encyclopedia Nupedia (2000–2003) and its successor, Wikipedia. 2001- Wales launched Wikipedia. He is historically cited as a co-founder of Wikipedia, though he has disputed the "co-" designation, declaring himself the sole founder. 2006 - 100 Most Influential People in the World - Time Magazine
  • 3. What’s a Wiki? Allows the creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages via a web browser using a simplified markup language or a WYSIWYG text editor.
  • 4. How Wiki’s Work Allows for collaborative editing of any page and creation of new pages, using a browser without extra plug-ins; Promotes meaningful topic associations between different pages by making page link creation almost intuitively easy and showing whether an intended target page exists or not; It seeks to involve the visitor in an ongoing process of creation and collaboration that constantly changes the body of knowledge.
  • 5. So What’s Special? pages undergo a process of crowdsourced vetting that leads to higher quality and more relevant data; versioning searching community participation
  • 6. What Differentiates Wiki Software Availability (OS versus Proprietary) Underlying Technology Extensibilty Availability of Extensions