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Wikis and Libraries: A Winning CombinationDarlene FichterUniversity of Saskatchewan email@example.com April 18. 2006
Darlene FichterPhoto by: rolobeetle Some rights reserved.
OverviewCollaboration & communicationWikisHow do they workWhat are some of the benefitsBlogs and wikis, what to use when
QuestionsWhat is your primary role at your organization?Reference/Instructional Librarian Library ITS (web developer, systems librarian)Library managerCollections or Cataloguing or Digital ProjectsOtherAre you interested in using wikis for:Subject pagesInternal project or team workDocumentationPersonal web publishingConferenceIntranetDont knowDo you contribute to a wiki?Does your organization use:BlogsWikisRSS feeds
Poll: Committees and TeamsHow many groups do you belong to? None one to two three to five More than 5How do you share information?EmailMailing listShared file serverBBSIMWhat are some of the limitations?
What if Reduce email overloadHave an archive of the work done to dateBuild a knowledge base auto-magicallyHave an easy way to write reports, documents, policies, and procedures together
Technologies Enabling Online CollaborationDozens:Discussion forumsEmailInstant messagingNewsgroupsWebcastsWeb conferencingWeblogsTeam roomsText messaging/wirelessRSSWikiExpertise locationFOAF
What is a Wiki?Web application invented by Ward Cunningham in 1994 that allows anyone to add content and anyone to edit it. Its a tool for collaboration, really, we dont know quite what it is but its a fun way of communicating asynchronously across the network.Wiki means quick in Hawaiian
Wiki CharacteristicsIntended to be simple so you can focus on the writing, not the mechanics and syntaxNo HTML know-how required
Wikis: Collections of PagesMain PageContact UsElectronicVirtualediteditediteditWiki pages look like web pagesAnyone with a web browser can read a wiki site
Illustrations adapted from Guillaume du Gardier. What is a wiki? June 2, 2005
Click, Write and Saveediteditsave...KMWorld 2005KMWorld 2005Anyone with a web browser can edit a wiki siteAnyone can undo any change at any time
Creating New PagesMake a new page by typing the name in CamelCase, aka WikiNameTitle NewName editeditNewNameClick on any WikiName to see pages that link to it
Wiki Design PrinciplesOpenness and trust if a page is incomplete or inaccurate anyone can edit itIncremental pages can cite other pages, even those not yet writtenObservableyou can see the changes being madeOrganicsite structure is up to everyone, and it will evolve and changeMore principlesWiki Design Principleshttp://www.c2.com/cgi/wiki?WikiDesignPrinciplesOpenness and Trust
Wiki Examples: Wikipediawww.wikipedia.org
Wikipedia: Recent Changes
Time Lapse London Bombinghttp://thelastminute.typepad.com/blog/2005/07/the_day_citizen.html
Wikipedia: Viewing History
Wikipedia: Talk Page
Wiki GardenersPerson who goes around tidying up the wiki, pruning, editing, organizing, and cleaning upUsually liked and respected
On a library wiki, you might want to assign this role.
Wikis: Professional Knowledge Repositorieshttp://www.libsuccess.org/
Wikis: Conference http://cil2006.pbwiki.com/changes.php?pageID=1/
Library Web Site: Wiki Subject Guidehttp://www.library.ohiou.edu/subjects/bizwiki/index.php/Main_Page
SCJPL: Subject Guideshttp://www.libraryforlife.org/subjectguides/index.php/Main_Page
SCJPL: Subject Guideshttp://www.libraryforlife.org/subjectguides/index.php/Pets
SCJPL: Discussion Pageshttp://www.libraryforlife.org/subjectguides/index.php/Talk:Crafts
Coralville Public Library: Lets Write!http://www.coralvillepubliclibrary.org/warm.htm
Library Web Site Built With a Wikihttp://library.usca.edu/
Tour: Library WikisInternal usesStaff IntranetProjectsEvent planningIT documentationHelpdesk
Library Information Technology Services Wikihttp://wiki.library.vanderbilt.edu/
Internal Wikis in LibrariesCollaborative writing (projects, teams developing procedures, policies, plans)Meeting notes and reportsShared knowledge repository
Simple Case Study: Event PlanningHosted Wiki: Jotspotwww.jotspot.com
What Pages Have Changed?
See What Changed
Single Page or Side by Side
Wiki (Jotspot) Anatomy: FeaturesAttach a FileImport WordEmailsSend an EmailMake a commentInvite usersChanges via RSSSearch
Event Planning and Supporthttp://coppul.jotspot.com (Password protected)
Wiki Reactions Well, I wasn't sure about that wiki (sounded like something from Star Wars), but I decided to try it out. It is fabulous! Every conference should have one.
Gail Curry, UNBC
Conference / Wiki SupportParticipants signed up for wifi, dine-arounds, connected with each other before the eventShared notes during the presentation and uploaded slidesEvaluated the workshop
Wiki Roadmap*Install wiki software on web server Plan rollout and content Build the initial structurePopulate initial content with early adopters Initial rollout with smaller group Train and coach users Do not underestimate inertia and time *Peter Theony, Wiki Based Collaboration http://twiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Codev/TWikiPresentation17Feb2005Build the initial structure
Practical TipsHave a championNew way of thinking, paradigm shift from Intranet, webmaster or CMS (content management system)Choose the right features:Attach filesAccess controlVersion controlEase of use: make sure add a page is self evidentMatch look and feelAlert and post via email to wiki
Tools to Help You ChooseWiki Matrixhttp://www.wikimatrix.org/ Emma Tonkins charts in Making the Case for a Wiki. Ariadne, January 2005 http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue42/tonkin/
Weblogs and Wikis Face OffPhoto Credit: Pascal Vuylsteker http://www.flickr.com/photos/pvk/ CC Attribution 2.5
Fluid medium: change any time
Better management: versions, rollback and change log, syndicate changes
Less familiarIndividual voice
Default is by date, reverse chronological
Post medium like email (comment, reply, comment, )
Edits arent tracked usually, new items are syndicated
Wiki BrainstormThink about collaborative/team activities in your organization and library.
Identify 2 or 3 areas where a wiki web would help with collaboration.
Identify the biggest obstacles and how you might overcome them.
Wiki SummaryWikis help support collaborationTools are simple, quick and inexpensiveThey belong in our collaboration toolboxOur workplaces are diverseDiverse usersDiverse needsDiverse software choices
More ResourcesWiki Bibliography & Linkshttp://library.usask.ca/~fichter/wiki/