What's in a News Wiki?

By Daniel Bachhuber and William
             Davis
         June 25, 2009
Examples We Spotted
Recent photos >
Duke Wiki




Campus information portal - http://www.duiki.com/wiki/Main_Page
Wiki entertainment
Organization directory




Might be useful to automatically generate this with the
category function that MediaWiki offers
Organization profiles




Could include past history, meeting date and time,
current members and officers, list of article...
http://mainecampus.com/campus-currents



                                             < RSS FEED
                      ED...
http://wiki.mainecampus.com
< AUTOMATIC LINKS TO TOPICS
< THE TOPICS THE ARTICLE IS TAGGED WITH
When there's no content...
THE CODE
GETWIKI PLUGIN
Tools you can use
http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki
Pros:
 • Very popular, widely supported
 • Wikipedia is based on the MediaWiki str...
http://wp-wiki.org/
Pros:
 • Integrated with WordPress, easy install
 • User permissions are based on WordPress roles
 • E...
Enabling a page to be a wiki is just a checkbox




Anyone can edit if they're logged in, although
versioning is based on ...
http://www.dokuwiki.org/dokuwiki
Pros:
 • Easy install, runs db off text files
Cons:
 • Daniel didn't like it when we play...
Things to consider
• Who will be allowed to edit?
• Who will be required to keep topics up to date? How will it fit
  with...
Ideas for using the wiki
• Campus blog directory
• Organization directory
• Information on classes and different schools w...
Ideal feature list?

• Track revisions to specific users; limit contributions to
  different user groups
• Email and RSS n...
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News Wikis

  1. 1. What's in a News Wiki? By Daniel Bachhuber and William Davis June 25, 2009
  2. 2. Examples We Spotted
  3. 3. Recent photos >
  4. 4. Duke Wiki Campus information portal - http://www.duiki.com/wiki/Main_Page
  5. 5. Wiki entertainment
  6. 6. Organization directory Might be useful to automatically generate this with the category function that MediaWiki offers
  7. 7. Organization profiles Could include past history, meeting date and time, current members and officers, list of articles/posts about the most recent events
  8. 8. http://mainecampus.com/campus-currents < RSS FEED EDIT LINK > < WIKI-GENERATED PICTURE < AND CONTENT LINKS TO OTHER TOPICS > < IF THERE IS MORE THAN < ALL ARTICLES ON THE TOPIC JUST A DESCRIPTION, A LINK TO MORE
  9. 9. http://wiki.mainecampus.com
  10. 10. < AUTOMATIC LINKS TO TOPICS
  11. 11. < THE TOPICS THE ARTICLE IS TAGGED WITH
  12. 12. When there's no content...
  13. 13. THE CODE
  14. 14. GETWIKI PLUGIN
  15. 15. Tools you can use
  16. 16. http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki Pros: • Very popular, widely supported • Wikipedia is based on the MediaWiki structure • Well-established feature set with plugin architecture Cons: • Difficult to integrate with WordPress • Doesn't share the same user permissions • Has a rather complex theming system • Requires a fair amount of technical know-how to install and make changes What are some use cases where this might be the best option?
  17. 17. http://wp-wiki.org/ Pros: • Integrated with WordPress, easy install • User permissions are based on WordPress roles • Email notifications to admins upon page edit Cons: • Very, very simplistic • No "stub" concept and uses HTML instead of wiki markup • Would be a different approach to topical landing pages to have to create a page for each one • Poor method for tracking contributions, etc. What are some use cases where this might be the best option?
  18. 18. Enabling a page to be a wiki is just a checkbox Anyone can edit if they're logged in, although versioning is based on how WordPress normally does it Dashboard widget
  19. 19. http://www.dokuwiki.org/dokuwiki Pros: • Easy install, runs db off text files Cons: • Daniel didn't like it when we played with it
  20. 20. Things to consider • Who will be allowed to edit? • Who will be required to keep topics up to date? How will it fit within the workflow? • What type of wiki will it be? Resource, topical, or otherwise? • What type of markup do you want? • Compare different options: http://www.wikimatrix.org/
  21. 21. Ideas for using the wiki • Campus blog directory • Organization directory • Information on classes and different schools within the university • Entertainment guide • Background information and context for different on-going stories • Teacher and notable student biographies • Intrastaff note-sharing space
  22. 22. Ideal feature list? • Track revisions to specific users; limit contributions to different user groups • Email and RSS notifications with the ability to "watch" certain pages and topics • Wiki-links and a sophisticated markup • Ability to associate images and other media with any page o Rather than, say, embedding images, you'd associate the images with the page and it would automatically create a gallery •

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