Wiki:Collaborative tool for building documents


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    1. 1. Wiki Collaborative tool for building documents Anjesh Tuladhar
    2. 2. <ul><li>Why Wiki </li></ul>?
    3. 3. Once upon a time, there were 4 people working in an office…a draft is prepared and shared with everyone to work on it
    4. 4. Everyone worked on it and created their own version and emailed back to the team leader
    5. 5. Now the team leader has 4 documents to work on it and update changes
    6. 6. This is second scenario
    7. 7. The team leader changes the document and emails it to all saying “Please ignore the first one. Use second instead.”
    8. 8. The members have to work on both the document to reflect the changes. They struggle on...
    9. 9. Everyone emails to everyone. Everyone is struggling.
    10. 10. <ul><li>It doesn’t have to be like this! </li></ul>Use Wiki
    11. 11. What is Wiki? <ul><li>A way of letting many people work on the same version of a document </li></ul><ul><li>An environment that allows you to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>make any sort of changes to the document </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>track those changes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>see who else has changed the document </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>get a notification as soon as anyone else changes the document </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>An environment for </li></ul>a living document
    12. 12. More on Wiki… <ul><li>A database driven website </li></ul><ul><li>An excellent tool for collaboration where we can easily make changes online </li></ul><ul><li>Can give you fully editable websites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Any user can read and add/edit content (e.g. Wikipedia) </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Back in time… <ul><li>First developed in 1994/95 by Ward Cunningham </li></ul><ul><li>Hawaiian word ‘WikiWiki’ means fast </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First named as Wiki Wiki Web </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Later shortened to ‘Wiki’ </li></ul></ul>Cunningham said. &quot; So after I did about 25 pages, I said this is really quick. And I was going to call it QuickWeb, kind of like QuickBase. Then I remembered from my trips to Hawaii the term wikiwiki, which meant quickly, quickly. I liked that alliteration: wikiwiki Web—kind of like the worldwide Web .&quot;,1895,1939982,00.asp [ March 20, 2006]
    14. 14. Types of Wiki <ul><li>Based upon how Wiki can be accessed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Public Wiki </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Anyone can view, create and edit content </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Protected Wiki </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Anyone can view but only authorised can create and edit content </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Private Wiki </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Only authorised can view, create and edit content </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>We can have a combination of all these in a single Wiki (use of Plugins/Extensions) </li></ul>
    15. 15. Uses of Wiki <ul><li>Knowledge management of many types… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Documenting meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proposal development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recording experiences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Developing reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Archiving documents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Getting feedback on ideas </li></ul></ul>Basically it can be used anywhere we need collaboration on a document
    16. 16. Wiki - a knowledge management tool <ul><li>We all do knowledge management everyday </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is the lifeblood of an organisation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wiki makes knowledge management comfortable </li></ul>
    17. 17. Some important features… <ul><li>History </li></ul><ul><li>Compare Revisions </li></ul><ul><li>Recent Changes </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion/Talk Page </li></ul><ul><li>Watch List </li></ul>
    18. 18. Feature: History <ul><li>All revisions are archived every time the document is saved </li></ul><ul><li>Allows you to see who made changes to the document and when </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to see if someone has tried to tamper with the document </li></ul>
    19. 19. Feature: History
    20. 20. Feature: Compare Revisions <ul><li>You can compare two revisions at a time </li></ul><ul><li>The changed text will be displayed in different colours </li></ul>
    21. 21. Feature: Compare Revisions
    22. 22. Feature: Recent Changes <ul><li>Lets you see the most recent edits made to pages in the Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Gives you a rough idea of overall changes </li></ul>
    23. 23. Feature: Recent Changes
    24. 24. Feature: Discussion/Talk page <ul><li>Used when collaborators need to discuss the document, post queries and so on… </li></ul>
    25. 25. Feature: Discussion/Talk page
    26. 26. Feature: Watch List <ul><li>Anyone with an account may choose to be notified when a certain page changes using the &quot;watch&quot; feature and &quot;my watchlist“. </li></ul><ul><li>Is helpful if you are afraid that somebody will try to tamper with content you have created. </li></ul>
    27. 27. Wiki Syntax?
    28. 28. What is Syntax? <ul><li>Rules and uses of grammatical construction, e.g. order of words </li></ul><ul><li>In Wiki </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Means how to show formatting (headings, bold, lists and so on) </li></ul></ul>
    29. 29. Some Wiki Syntax <ul><li>Simple syntax </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Single quotes to emphasise text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2 single-quotes for italics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3 single-quotes for bold </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>5 single-quotes for italics + bold </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use = for headings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use # and * for listing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wiki provides a toolbar to give quick access to useful commands </li></ul><ul><li>There are many more instructions for advanced users </li></ul>
    30. 32. Short Story continues…
    31. 33. They start to use Wiki.
    32. 34. Wiki! Wiki! Job Done! Wiki
    33. 35. <ul><li>They all worked happily ever after… </li></ul>
    34. 36. Thank you <ul><li>Anjesh Tuladhar </li></ul><ul><li>mycupboard at </li></ul><ul><li>If you have to, anjeshtuladhar at gmail dot com </li></ul>