Ever heard of a Wiki? Most people are familiar with the most famous wiki,Wikipedia, but they might not understand exactly how it works. So, here are the basics:
A wiki is a much like a Web site but it is designed for collaboration on a document or project and allows all users to edit and add to the material. The difficult thing for the creator/author of the wiki is that he/she loses ultimate control over what happens to the content. The great thing is that people may add ideas, suggestions and perspectives that the author never thought about.
Wiki’s work well in certain situations such as: software development; e-learning including Web design; tech support; product development; research and development; and other types of document collaboration.
You don’t have to open your wiki up to everyone. You can restrict it to a group of software developers, a work group within your organization, or a team that’s working on a document or project.
Wikis used in the right situations have yielded some amazing results including breakthroughs in software and product development and the simplification of complicated tech support.
If you want more information, you can look at the article on wikis on wikipedia.
There are wikis out there on every subject imaginable. Here are just a few:
- WikiHow is “The world’s collaborative how to manual”
- Conservapedia for articles written from a conservative standpoint
- WikiChristian which defines itself as an encyclopedia and discussion forum for all Christians to share their faith