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What is Wiki


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Brief Introduction about wikis and some examples from
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What is Wiki

  1. 1. Wikis Chanaka Wickramasinghe Library Assistant /NSLRC
  2. 2. Wikis <ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><li>What is a Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Some available Wiki softwares </li></ul><ul><li>How to select Wiki software </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis for General uses </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis for Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Criteria for evaluating which Wiki to use. </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>How to create Wikipedia account </li></ul><ul><li>How to create an article/a page </li></ul><ul><li>How to edit an existing article </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is a Wiki <ul><li>Is a type of web site that allows the visitors to easily, </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Add. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Remove. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Edit and change some available content. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Wikis are essentially open web-pages, where anyone registered with the wiki can publish to it, amend it, and change it. </li></ul><ul><li>Effective tool for collaborative authoring. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is a Wiki <ul><li>Wiki is a Hawaiian word for quick. </li></ul><ul><li>Ward Cunningham (1995) developed scripts </li></ul><ul><li>for creating web pages that could be created, </li></ul><ul><li>edited, linked, deleted, or renamed without </li></ul><ul><li>using HTML, software packages, of file </li></ul><ul><li>transfer. </li></ul><ul><li>He named it Wiki. </li></ul><ul><li>* WikiWikiWeb </li></ul>
  5. 5. Some available Wiki softwares <ul><li>1 Java-based </li></ul><ul><li>2 JavaScript-based </li></ul><ul><li>3 Lua-based </li></ul><ul><li>4 Microsoft services-based </li></ul><ul><li>5 .NET/Mono based </li></ul><ul><li>6 Pascal-Based </li></ul><ul><li>7 Perl-based </li></ul><ul><li>8 PHP-based MediaWiki Originally developed to serve the </li></ul><ul><li>needs of the free content </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia encyclopedia, </li></ul><ul><li>Today it has also been deployed </li></ul><ul><li>by companies for internal </li></ul><ul><li>knowledge management, </li></ul><ul><li>and as a content management </li></ul><ul><li>system. </li></ul><ul><li>Notepub is an online notepad with wiki </li></ul><ul><li>functionality and privacy </li></ul><ul><li>settings on a note by note </li></ul><ul><li>basis. </li></ul>Language Software Name Focus
  6. 6. How to select Wiki software <ul><li>It depends on:- </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What type of project your are planning to use. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Your web server supports. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Wikis for General uses <ul><li>Easily create simple websites (eliminates technical obstacles to putting things online. </li></ul><ul><li>Project development with peer review (e.g.: write a report/paper gradually, with feedback from instructor/students before final draft) </li></ul><ul><li>Group Authoring (i.e. online group work) (using wiki pulls the group members together to build and edit the document on a wiki page. It also allows all group members immediate, equal access to the most recent version of the document. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Wikis for Libraries <ul><li>Simply as a library web page/site </li></ul><ul><li>Create, edit & provide free content/articles for research. </li></ul><ul><li>For sharing ideas (collaborative effects) </li></ul><ul><li>Provide information about reference books, databases, websites, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Help for research by recommending articles, website, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Answering reference questions(add/change answers, FAQ) </li></ul><ul><li>Online group study. </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia Information. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Criteria for evaluating which Wiki to use. <ul><li>Ease of installation. </li></ul><ul><li>User accounts (so your name is automatically attached to all changes you make) </li></ul><ul><li>Page change subscription by email and RSS. </li></ul><ul><li>Page history and stored revisions (not all Wikis have this, but it can be an important feature) </li></ul><ul><li>Document attachments – PDF files, Images. </li></ul><ul><li>Page edit locking (You don’t want two people editing a page at the same time, as one will lose their changes) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Wikipedia <ul><li>Wikipedia (from the words Wiki and </li></ul><ul><li>encylopedia ) : a multilingual, web-based free content encyclopedia project. </li></ul><ul><li>Written collaboratively by volunteers. </li></ul><ul><li>Currently Wikipedia has more than five million articles in many languages, including more than 3.1 million in the English-language version. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Wikipedia More Than 3.1 Million Articles in English Sinhala Wikipedia No. of Articles 2,123
  12. 12. How to create Wikipedia account <ul><li>Click the &quot;Sign in/create account&quot; link </li></ul><ul><li>in the upper right corner on the </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia website. </li></ul><ul><li>Click the link “ Create One ” </li></ul><ul><li>Enter your desired user name </li></ul><ul><li>in the &quot; Username :&quot; box. This will be </li></ul><ul><li>the name of your account. </li></ul><ul><li>Enter password . </li></ul><ul><li>Re-enter password . </li></ul><ul><li>Enter E-mail address . </li></ul><ul><li>Click the &quot; Create account &quot; button. </li></ul><ul><li>Congratulations! </li></ul><ul><li>You are now a </li></ul><ul><li>registered user in Wikipedia! </li></ul>
  13. 13. How to create an article/a page <ul><li>Only logged in users can create an article. </li></ul><ul><li>In the search box near the top left of the page, type the title of the new article, then click Go. </li></ul><ul><li>If the search page reports “No page with that exists “ then you can click the red “ Create the page “ link to start editing your article. </li></ul>
  14. 14. How to edit an existing article <ul><li>Search the Article. </li></ul><ul><li>Click the “Edit this page” link to start editing your article. </li></ul><ul><li>Make the changes and save page or </li></ul><ul><li>Show preview before save the page. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Some Wikis form Sri Lanka <ul><li>1. University of Colombo School of Computing Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Can edit only all members of the UCSC including students </li></ul>Used Wiki Software - MediaWiki Web :
  16. 16. <ul><li>2. SAHANA Wiki - Sri Lankan FOSS development community </li></ul>Used Wiki Software - DokuWiki Web :
  17. 17. <ul><li>3. Dialog Wiki – Dialog Sri Lanka </li></ul>Web : Used Wiki Software - MediaWiki
  18. 18. Example for library wiki Website :
  19. 19. <ul><li>List of libraries in Sri Lanka </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries in Sri Lanka </li></ul><ul><li>පුස්තකාල </li></ul><ul><li>National Science Library & Resource Centre - Sri Lanka </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia Statistics Sinhala </li></ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Thank You </li></ul>