#36 Wikis

Wikis

Wikis are very easy to create, very easy to use and yet they are a very powerful collaborative tool.
What is a wiki?

A wiki is a collaborative tool where you create a space that people can work in at their own pace, and at their own convenience. For example, it’s perfect for a group of librarians working on a mutual policy or strategy document, and it’s not convenient for them to have constant meetings to work on the project.
A wiki is created, and user names and passwords are allocated if required. A starting document is uploaded, and users can login and alter it at any time, with a deadline if appropriate. Once all users are happy, you have a policy or strategy.
It can also be used for reading lists, reviews or any other document where input might be required from several people.

One of the big advantages of wikis is version control. Every alteration, addition or subtraction is recorded and stored. So, if you want to go back to an older document, it’s very easy to do so.

You can create a wiki within 5 minutes here: http://www.wiki.com/

Short intro to wikis here: http://www.wiki.com/whatiswiki.htm

…and you’ll find full instructions regarding creation and customisation inside.

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