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Preparing for Wikis

Readings and activities for WeblogsAndWikis, S 2014

Getting ready for wikis

Post this week not an essay or conclusions but extracts, quotes, notes, questions for exploring further, frameworks for considering matters further.

Your main source is not Wikipedia (The practice at a university is to use Wikipedia to get up to speed on a topic, as you would use a general encyclopedia, but not use the material or cite the source unless you're writing about Wikipedia itself). Instead, used a more focused source of - Portland Pattern Repository's Wiki.

Part I

First, a few primers to get a sense of what wikis are and how they work.

Wikis in Plain English, video at Common Craft - No need to respond to this. It's a primer: background.

Wide Open Spaces: Wikis Ready or Not, Brian Lamb - No need to respond to this. Like Wikis in Plain English, this article is a primer, an introduction. But you might want to select an extract, a quote, or develop a question or two that can be looked at further.

Above and Below the DoubleLine. Again, a primer. No need to comment.

Next, some readings on wikis - that is, some wiki pages about wikis.
Welcome Visitors at
Welcome To Wiki Please Be Polite.

A look at cooperating in a writing space, and a how wikis work with multiple perspectives

Why Wiki Works at c2.
Why Wiki Works Not

Wikis will likely challenge your ideas of cooperation and ownership, so

Tragedy Of The Commons
Tragedy Of The Commons Cant Happen Here

a few pages on our wiki

Some Wiki Spaces
Investigate these as a first time visitor - which you are. Read (not skim, read) the material on welcome pages, users's guide or style guides. You'll be able to edit some pages on some wikis, on others, not. Watch for tabs or buttons labeled Talk, Recent Changes, and Info. But the idea is to stay focused on how the wiki is designed, how to find things, some of the community conventions.

Another visit to Welcome Visitors at
Philosophical Investigations
Winchester Thurston History Wiki - Knowing Together
EduTech Wiki

Compare Style Guides
Weblogs and Wikis StyleGuide
Davis Wiki Guide
Good Style -'s style guide

setting up a new wiki and building communities: Building community - Wiki Spot

connect to
network theory
cooperative and collaborative work
persistence of content
development of content

CategoryExercise CategoryExercise CategoryWiki

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