Wiki - a comprehensive quick-guide

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What are the Characteristics of a wiki? This presentation covers the components of a wiki, its syntax, architecture, considerations before installation, keys to success and critical success factors that need to be taken into considerations.

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  • Wiki - a comprehensive quick-guide

    1. 1. Evaluation for 2008 March 2009 By Michael Gaigg Wiki ( /wiːkiː/ )
    2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Characteristics </li></ul><ul><li>Definition of a wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Components & Wiki Syntax </li></ul><ul><li>Software Architecture </li></ul><ul><li>Keys to get a wiki going </li></ul><ul><li>Choosing a wiki: What to consider </li></ul><ul><li>Keys to get a wiki going </li></ul><ul><li>Critical Success Factors </li></ul>March 2009 Wiki
    3. 3. Wiki = quick <ul><li>No editing in Dreamweaver </li></ul><ul><li>No FTP-ing to the server </li></ul><ul><li>No waiting for webmaster to update pages </li></ul>March 2009 Wiki Ward Cunningham developed the first wiki: WikiWikiWeb (1995), “ the simplest online database that could possibly work”.
    4. 4. Characteristics <ul><li>Perpetual work in progress </li></ul><ul><li>No one owns the content </li></ul><ul><li>No specific organization (hyperlinks) </li></ul><ul><li>Anyone can edit other people’s work </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion area for each page </li></ul><ul><li>Version control: list of all changes made to a page </li></ul>March 2009 Wiki
    5. 5. Definition of a wiki <ul><li>A wiki is a page or collection of Web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content, using a simplified markup language. </li></ul><ul><li>A wiki is a collaboration tool – it enables documents to be written collaboratively. </li></ul>March 2009 Wiki
    6. 6. Components March 2009 Wiki the wiki wiki page wiki page wiki page wiki page … user <ul><li>view (read) </li></ul><ul><li>create (write) </li></ul><ul><li>update (edit) </li></ul>links A wiki is a page or collection of Web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content...
    7. 7. Wiki Syntax March 2009 Wiki … using a simplified markup language Edit mode Output
    8. 8. Software Architecture March 2009 Wiki Application Server RDBS Web Server File System Web Browser web Iexplorer, Firefox,… e.g. MediaWiki IIS, Apache, … (+ extensions) e.g. MySql
    9. 9. Choosing a wiki: What to consider <ul><li>Criteria </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost (open source license) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Programming language (PHP, C#, Java) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data backend (File system or DB) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extensibility & user community </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Features </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WYSIWYG editing & Syntax </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Version control & Discussions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Permissions & Security </li></ul></ul>March 2009 Wiki
    10. 10. Keys to get a wiki going <ul><li>Find dedicated helpers </li></ul><ul><li>Partner with groups/people related to your mission </li></ul><ul><li>Offer structural templates for new pages </li></ul><ul><li>Add some content to major categories </li></ul><ul><li>Do lots of marketing </li></ul><ul><li>If possible, offer training </li></ul>March 2009 Wiki
    11. 11. Critical Success Factors <ul><li>Only 10% contribute; only 1% on a regular basis. </li></ul><ul><li>Obey the characteristics of a wiki. </li></ul><ul><li>Power to the people </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trust the user </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Authority to change something </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Refuse defined structure </li></ul></ul>March 2009 Wiki
    12. 12. Characteristics <ul><li>Perpetual work in progress </li></ul><ul><li>No one owns the content </li></ul><ul><li>No specific organization (hyperlinks) </li></ul><ul><li>Anyone can edit other people’s work </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion area for each page </li></ul><ul><li>Version control: list of all changes made to a page </li></ul>March 2009 Wiki

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