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What is a Wiki?

In Hawaiian, "wiki wiki" means quick.  A wiki is a quick way to build a website on the fly (interactively on the server) for:

  • Documenting Internal Procedures and Information

  • Providing a Common Place for Collaboration on Projects

  • Granting Easy Access to Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations, etc.

  • Creating a Knowledge Base for Customers

Wikis are everywhere on the web:

  • Wikipedia (editable encyclopedia)

  • FoxWikis (programming information for Microsoft Visual FoxPro)

  • WikiTravel (world travel guide)

From wiki.org (http://wiki.org/wiki.cgi?whatiswiki)

Wiki is a piece of server software that allows users to freely create and edit Web page content using any Web browser. Wiki supports hyperlinks and has a simple text syntax for creating new pages and crosslinks between internal pages on the fly.

Wiki is unusual among group communication mechanisms in that it allows the organization of contributions to be edited in addition to the content itself.

Like many simple concepts, "open editing" has some profound and subtle effects on Wiki usage. Allowing everyday users to create and edit any page in a Web site is exciting in that it encourages democratic use of the Web and promotes content composition by nontechnical users.

Unlike traditional websites or intranets, wikis don't require much in the way of planning.  A simple PC with a web server can be the basis.  The wiki starts with a single page that can be edited and expanded upon very easily.  The website that gets created:

  • Is Searchable

  • Allows Pages to be Formatted

  • Displays Graphics and Links

  • Shows Changes Made and Pages Changed

The information for the site is stored in standard data files (text, MySQL, Access, DBFs).

Liveware can help you setup and configure your own Wiki.  Contact us to get a free onsite visit and analysis of your requirements.




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