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Marshall's Web Tool Blog

Training and Consulting in New Tools for Effective Web Use

This site is an archive of posts that I hope you will find useful. Please visit my new site at Marshallk.com.

Wikis

Wikis are a class of web site that anyone can edit. They are used for time and space independent communication, collaborative knowledge development and collaborative document development. They are relatively simple to use.

The largest wiki in the world is Wikipedia. As in all wikis, users can edit any page, discuss the contents and see the history of previous versions. People interested in particular pages can request automatic notification whenever those pages are changed, allowing for community self-checking. Wikis trade authority for inclusiveness, and are good sources for wide ranging research.

Many organizations use wikis to communicate between physical meetings and to save time discussing new ideas and changes to texts. Organizations with multiple generations of participants could benefit from using a wiki to store and evolve knowledge from one generation to the next. Communities of interest can also use wikis to develop a list of problems and shared ideas for solutions. See, for example, WikiPod, a wiki about iPods.

I can help your organization select, set up and learn to use wikis.
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