What is a Wiki by chenmeixiu


									        Web based information dissemination:


Chanaka Wickramasinghe
Library Assistant /NSLRC
1.    What is a Wiki
2.    Some available Wiki softwares
3.    How to select Wiki software
4.    Wikis for General uses
5.    Wikis for Libraries
6.    Criteria for evaluating which Wiki to use.
7.    Wikipedia
8.    How to create Wikipedia account
9.    How to create an article/a page
10.   How to edit an existing article
                 What is a Wiki
 Is a type of web site that allows the visitors to

         Add.
         Remove.
         Edit and change some available content.

 Wikis are essentially open web-pages, where
  anyone registered with the wiki can publish to it,
  amend it, and change it.

 Effective tool for collaborative authoring.
             What is a Wiki
 Wiki is a Hawaiian word for quick.

 Ward Cunningham (1995) developed scripts
  for creating web pages that could be created,
  edited, linked, deleted, or renamed without
  using HTML, software packages, of file

 He named it Wiki.
    * WikiWikiWeb
       Some available Wiki softwares
   1 Java-based
   2 JavaScript-based
   3 Lua-based
   4 Microsoft services-based
   5 .NET/Mono based                               Software Name
   6 Pascal-Based
   7 Perl-based
   8 PHP-based            MediaWiki   Originally developed to serve the
                                       needs of the free content
                                       Wikipedia encyclopedia,
                                       Today it has also been deployed
               Focus                   by companies for internal
                                       knowledge management,
                                       and as a content management

                         Notepub       is an online notepad with wiki
                                       functionality and privacy
                                       settings on a note by note
   How to select Wiki software

It depends on:-

      What type of project your are planning to use.

      Your web server supports.
        Wikis for General uses
 Easily create simple websites (eliminates technical
  obstacles to putting things online.

 Project development with peer review (e.g.: write a
  report/paper gradually, with feedback from
  instructor/students before final draft)

 Group Authoring (i.e. online group work) (using wiki
  pulls the group members together to build and edit
  the document on a wiki page. It also allows all group
  members immediate, equal access to the most
  recent version of the document.
             Wikis for Libraries
 Simply as a library web page/site
 Create, edit & provide free content/articles for
   For sharing ideas (collaborative effects)
   Provide information about reference books,
    databases, websites, etc.
   Help for research by recommending articles,
    website, etc.
   Answering reference questions(add/change
    answers, FAQ)
   Online group study.
   Multimedia Information.
Criteria for evaluating which Wiki to
 Ease of installation.
 User accounts (so your name is automatically
    attached to all changes you make)
   Page change subscription by email and RSS.
   Page history and stored revisions (not all Wikis
    have this, but it can be an important feature)
   Document attachments – PDF files, Images.
   Page edit locking (You don’t want two people
    editing a page at the same time, as one will lose
    their changes)
 Wikipedia (from the words Wiki and
 encylopedia ) : a multilingual, web-based free
 content encyclopedia project.

 Written collaboratively by volunteers.

 Currently Wikipedia has more than five million
  articles in many languages, including more than
  3.1 million in the English-language version.
                        More Than 3.1 Million
                         Articles in English

                           Sinhala Wikipedia

No. of Articles 2,123
    How to create Wikipedia account
 Click the "Sign in/create account" link
    in the upper right corner on the
    Wikipedia website.
   Click the link “Create One”
   Enter your desired user name
    in the "Username:" box. This will be
    the name of your account.
   Enter password.
   Re-enter password.
   Enter E-mail address.
   Click the "Create account" button.
   Congratulations!
    You are now a

    registered user in Wikipedia!
 How to create an article/a page
 Only logged in users can create an article.

 In the search box near the top left of the page,
  type the title of the new article, then click Go.

 If the search page reports “No page with that
  exists “ then you can click the red “Create the
  page “ link to start editing your article.
   How to edit an existing article

 Search the Article.

 Click the “Edit this page” link to start editing your

 Make the changes and save page or

 Show preview before save the page.
      Some Wikis form Sri Lanka
1. University of Colombo School of Computing Wiki

    Web : http://www.ucsc.cmb.ac.lk/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

                Used Wiki Software - MediaWiki
  Can edit only all members of the UCSC including students
2. SAHANA Wiki - Sri Lankan FOSS development

              Used Wiki Software - DokuWiki
           Web : http://wiki.sahana.lk/doku.php
3. Dialog Wiki – Dialog Sri Lanka

              Web : http://wiki.dialog.lk/Main_Page

                  Used Wiki Software - MediaWiki
   Example for library wiki

Website : http://www.library.ohiou.edu/subjects/bizwiki/index.php/Main_Page
 List of libraries in Sri Lanka
 Libraries in Sri Lanka
ප ප ප ප
    ප ප ප ප
 National Science Library & Resource
  Centre - Sri Lanka
 Wikipedia Statistics Sinhala

 http://stats.wikimedia.org/EN/TablesWikipe
Thank You

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