Wiki: Web Collaboration, Chap 1

Wiki: Web Collaboration by Anja Ebersbach, Markus Glaser, Richard Heigl, Springer, 2006

Wikis are social. That's the first thing we keep in mind. WikisAreSocial.

Chapter 1 of Wiki: Web Collaboration deals with a number of topics we're investigating further on this wiki. CreativityThroughGroupProcesses, for instance. The chapter also has some consideration of

1000 thank yous to JoeStusynski for getting page started. Now, additions, comments, developments under the topics?

The Technology of Wikis
The Wiki-Software is installed and run on a given server, which manages the individual wiki pages. The content of these pages is generally saved as text in a database so that it can be accessed later. When a wiki page is viewed, the corresponding text in the database is grabbed and displayed by the browser. When someone wants to edit a wiki page, the text for that page is loaded into their browser where they can make changes and is then saved back into the database.

Wiki Clones
New challenges and programs have emerged because of the development and utilization of the WikiWikiWeb. There are currently 200 different types of wikis. These programs are called "clones," because of their imitation of original wikis with added functions. The majority of them carry the "term" wiki in their name. Examples:

UseModWiki: One of the oldest, most widely-used wiki clones. It is written in Perl and has influenced a number of developing wikis.
MediaWiki: Conceived for the Wikipedia encyclopedia project. Consists of scripts written in PHP.
MoinMoin: Widely-used clone written in Python. Enables user registration, is user-friendly, has a "pleasant" layout, and has a plugin system.
PhpWiki: Has several administration functions and a plugin architecture. PHP is the foundation for the wiki.
WakkaWiki: Simple, small, and popular wiki. "Lives" in other clones, such as ComaWiki, WikkaWiki and UniWakka.
TikiWiki: Also written in PHP. Offers a series of useful features that compare to those of existing systems and groupware. The wiki is just one component of additional groupware features, such as forums, newsletters, and chat, calendar and blog functions.

These clones are more than a cool concept, they are prime examples of taking a smart, inventive wiki and expanding upon them. Wikis are here for the enhancement, change, furthering, extending, and molding of text, thought, ideas, knowledge, and betterment of ones mind and body.


Reading further, the author talks on the different functions of a wiki

Group working is another big part to wikis. The server serves as a portal to communicate with others, give personal views, and gather new ideas on the topics. Wikis are open access places where people come to work together and it is essentially a group project . Within the open access of a wiki, there are roles in which people can play.
Ending the chapter, the author focuses on the limits of using wikis.
And thus ends 'The Wiki Concept'

Doing this will start to create a set of vocab terms.

Further reading and links.

Below the DoubleLine

This chapter gives us the 'down low' of wikis; the how to's and the how don'ts'. First the chapter gives us the nuts and bolts of how wikis work. The chapter then moves on to some nice graphs that explain the different positions of working with a wiki server:
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