# Wikis: Collaborate, Connect & Contribute


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# Wikis: Collaborate, Connect & Contribute

  1. 1. Wikis Collaborate, Connect & Contribute Nico le C. Enga rd ne ng ard@ gm ai l.c om
  2. 2. Outline What is a wiki? Why use a wiki? When to use a wiki? Who’s using wikis? Where to find wikis? Creating our own wiki with WetPaint
  3. 3. What is a Wiki? A wiki is an editable website that does not require users to know HTML. Most have a system to record changes so that at any time, a page can be reverted to any of its previous states. Many wikis even offer the option of password protecting the contents or requiring registration to be able to edit.
  4. 4. Why use a wiki? Easy to learn – no HTML required Easy way to share knowledge Easy way to collaborate across borders Ability to revert back to old versions Ability to track who’s done what & where Fostering collaboration among friends and/or colleagues
  5. 5. When to use a wiki? Great places for brainstorming Use to draft policies A way to share the secretary responsibilities in a meeting Use to gather collective knowledge from colleagues, peers and/or patrons
  6. 6. Who’s using wikis? Businesses, organizations, schools, etc. etc. Libraries: http://libsuccess.org/index.php? title=Wikis Encyclopedias: Wikipedia (www.wikipedia.org) Encyclopaedia Britannica (www.britannica.com)
  7. 7. Where to find a wiki? Many free and affordable tools to choose from Wiki Matrix: www.wikimatrix.org Demo wiki software: www.opensourcecms.com List of wiki software: http://c2.com/cgi/wiki? WikiEngines Start with a freely hosted wiki package to learn the ropes
  8. 8. Wiki Options Locally Hosted Remotely Hosted Technical skills Stored on someone required else’s server Your own web May have a cost server required associated with it (will cost money) Limited control Complete control Easy to learn More of a learning
  9. 9. Let’s Play Go to www.wetpaint.com and sign up for your very own wiki
  10. 10. Name your Wiki Visit www.wetpaint.com Name your site & choose a URL Click GO!
  11. 11. Describe your Wiki Describe your site Choose a category Decide who can view your site
  12. 12. Who can edit your Wiki? Decide who can edit your site
  13. 13. Pick a Wiki Theme Decide what you want your wiki to look like
  14. 14. Customize your Wiki Confirm your wiki name Upload a logo for your site
  15. 15. Create a WetPaint Account
  16. 16. Invite Wiki Editors
  17. 17. Confirmation Email Check your email for your confirmation Make sure you save this email
  18. 18. Let’s Play More Let’s work on the wiki together to see how easy it is!! http://infolinktrain.wetpaint.com
  19. 19. Thank You Nicole C. Engard nengard@gmail.com Slides: http://web2learning.net > Publications & Presentations Pres en te d fo r In foLi nk