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Wikis 101

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A wiki how-to

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    • 1. WIKIS 101 What is a Wiki anyway? All links can be found at: http://del.icio.us/westervillelibrary/wikis
    • 2. WHAT IS A WIKI?
      • A wiki is a website that anyone can easily create and edit.
      • No special tools or computer languages are required.
      • Recent changes can (usually) be seen.
      • “ Wikis in Plain English” from the Common Craft Show http://www.commoncraft.com/video-wikis-plain-english
    • 3. WHY WIKI?
      • Unclog your email.
      • Facilitate creation.
      • Encourages remote users.
      • Provide easy access to information.
      • Helps groups contribute and collaborate.
      • Centralizes information.
      • Helps with training.
    • 4. WIKIPEDIA (www.wikipedia.org)
      • The most famous Wiki.
      • As of April 2008, has over 10 million articles in 253 languages.
      • All articles written by volunteers.
      • Requires editors to create account (register).
      • Uses MediaWiki.
      • New project – Citizendium (www.citizendium.org)
    • 5. WIKITORIALS
      • Los Angeles Times Experiment – June 2005
      • Lasted 3 days.
      • Goal: Encourage readers to rewrite the paper’s editorials.
      • What happened? Site was flooded with obscene messages and images.
    • 6. FEATURES
      • Edit
      • Search
      • History
      • Navigation
      • Links
      • Attach documents
      • Upload media files
    • 7. SNAPSHOT OF A WIKI Navigation Search Edit & History Tabs Log in/out
    • 8. SNAPSHOT OF A WIKI (EDIT FUNCTION) “ WYSIWYG” Editor Save changes!
    • 9. SNAPSHOT OF A WIKI (HISTORY FUNCTION) 2 recent edits Rollback changes
    • 10. EDITING
      • 2 forms of Wiki editing.
      • WYSIWYG or wikitext.
    • 11. EDITING – WYSIWYG
      • WYSIWYG = What You See Is What You Get
      • Using this form of editing, the user is offered a toolbar to complete any markup, such as “bold” or “italics”. This is similar to word processing.
    • 12. EDITING – WIKITEXT
      • Wikitext is a markup language (similar to HTML).
      • Pro: Easy to learn.
      • Con: Not consistent across Wikis.
      • Example from MediaWiki:
      • What you type:
      • You can ''italicize text'' by putting 2 apostrophes on each side.
      • 3 apostrophes will '''bold the text'''.
      • 5 apostrophes will '''bold''' and ''italicize'' '''''the text'''''.
      • What you see:
      • You can italicize text by putting 2 apostrophes on each side.
      • 3 apostrophes will bold the text .
      • 5 apostrophes will bold and italicize the text .
    • 13. SECURITY
      • Public – Anyone can view and edit.
      • Protected – Anyone can view, but only members can edit.
      • Private – Only members can view or edit.
      • Community – Change Patrol
      • Advanced Features – Email notification, RSS Feeds, etc.
    • 14. COMMUNITY
      • The community can play many important roles related to a wiki. They contribute to the culture and shared knowledge .
      • They can be:
      • Authors
      • Users
      • Security
      • Marketing
      • Critics
    • 15. WIKI ETIQUETTE OR WIKIQUETTE
      • Be bold! Make changes!
      • Make notes to explain changes.
      • Be prepared to explain your changes.
      • Be polite.
      • Don’t take things personally.
      • Stay on topic.
      • Don’t delete useful content.
      • Provide citations.
    • 16. CHOOSING A WIKI
      • Hosted vs. Installed Wikis
    • 17. CHOOSING A WIKI - HOSTED
      • Definition : A wiki that is installed on a public server and administered for the users. Offers templates.
      • Considerations :
      • Ease of set-up.
      • User invitations & limits.
      • Storage space.
      • Public, protected or private ($).
      • Page protection.
      • Cost.
      • Customization.
      • Data export capabilities.
    • 18. CHOOSING A WIKI - INSTALLED
      • Definition : A wiki that is installed on a private server and administered by the users. More customizable.
      • Considerations :
      • Skill level of users.
      • Number of contributors and viewers.
      • Needed security level.
      • Potential size of wiki.
      • Level of automation needed.
      • Technical expertise available.
      • Desire to be a wiki champion.
    • 19. CHOOSING A WIKI – HELP!
      • WikiMatrix – Compare Them All
      • Allows you to select criteria and compare wikis side by side.
      • Free service.
      http://www.wikimatrix.org/
    • 20. PBWIKI (http://pbwiki.com)
    • 21.
      • Another Common Craft Video:
      • www.commoncraft.com/wetpaint
      WETPAINT (www.wetpaint.com)
    • 22. GOOGLE SITES (www.google.com/sites)
    • 23. MEDIAWIKI ( www.mediawiki.org )
    • 24. USES
      • Reduce Email – Create one wiki entry instead of sending an email to large group.
      • Web Publishing – Online and easily updated.
      • Simple Databases – Easily sorted and seen by the users.
      • Shared Spreadsheets & Documents
      • Save Money – Possibly replace other costly programs.
    • 25. USES
      • Shared Repository – Information can be stored on the wiki instead of in a desk drawer, in someone’s email account or in a binder.
      • Knowledge Management – As the group or staff changes, information is located in a centralized location.
      • Training – Centralized information makes it easier to update new group members or staff.
      • Company or Department Intranet – Less complicated than a traditional intranet. Needs less IT assistance.
    • 26. WHEN NOT TO WIKI…
      • Community authorship is not appropriate.
      • Greater control over the visual layout is desired.
      • The content will not change often.
      • The content is timely and then obsolete (consider a blog.)
      • Concerns over privacy (copyright, trade secrets, etc.) cannot be addressed by private settings on a wiki.
      • There is no one to monitor/maintain the wiki.
    • 27. QUESTIONS?
      • Adult Services Department
      • Westerville Public Library
      • [email_address]
      • Presented on 10/9/08
      • Presentation can be found at: www.slideshare.net/westervillelibrary
      • All links can be found at:
      • http://del.icio.us/westervillelibrary/wikis

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