Wikis are, in general, online content repositories that allow others to contribute and modify entries. The name comes from the "wiki wiki" shuttle buses at the Honolulu International Airport. Ward Cunningham is credited with the original WikiWikiWeb.
Wikis are online, collaborative environments that allow anyone to add, edit, or delete pages. Some Wikis require registered membership, and others are private, but many allow anyone with access to the Web to contribute. Wikis use a simplified mark-up syntax that allow users to contribute without special knowledge of HTML. Many Wikis now also offer What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get (WYSIWYG) editing, similar to a word processor, which makes it easier for some users to contribute. However, many experienced Wiki contributors prefer Wiki syntax.
- Wiki - a site which specified users (or anyone) can edit
- Wikipedia - the most popular Wiki site
- MediaWiki - the Wiki software behind Wikipedia
- LISWiki - Library and Information Science Wiki (this site)
As one of the many new Web 2.0 technologies, Wikis have become popular for many reasons:
- Though Wikis do require some experimentation, they are easy to learn for the average, computer-literate user (Chawner and Lewis 2006, 33; Raman 2006, 60).
- Many free or inexpensive Wiki engines and Wiki farms are available (Casey and Savastinuk 2006; Raman 2006, 61).
- Wikis support communication and knowledge sharing (Raman 2006, 63-64).
- Wikis provide a great "starting place" or overview of a topic, but are categorized as a "general encyclopedia," which should not be cited when conducting serious research. (Harris C. (2007, June). Can we make peach with Wikipedia? School Library Journal, 53(6), 26-26. Retrieved July 13, from EBSCOhost database.)
Other Library Wikis
- ALA Wikis
- Bibliotherapy Wiki
- Blogging Libraries Wiki
- colLib Collaborative platform for organizing Open Access materials in Library & Information Science. It harvests metadata-records from OAI-PMH-compliant repositories and enables manual 'tagging' of these records to cluster them by subject or other meaningful categories.
- Digiwiki: The Digitization Wiki
- DIS 245 "Information Access" Encyclopedia of Reference Services, edited by John V. Richardson Jr. and Debbie Weissmann, Fall 2006
- EZProxy Self-Support Wiki (Unofficial)
- futurelib Designing the future -- Library Systems and Data Formats
- Information Commons Wiki
- LIANZA IT-SIG Wiki Information Technology Special Interest Group (ITSIG) of the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
- Library as Space – Library as Place Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)University Library
- Library Instruction Wiki
- Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki
- LISWiki (this site)
- PALINET Leadership Network - MediaWiki based, open to all English-reading library leaders and future leaders
- PharmLib Wiki
- MetaBibCatsWiki World directory of national and multinational library union catalogs on the web
- Radical Reference Wiki
- Science Library Pad Wiki (a personal wiki)
- Unofficial GSLIS Wiki (Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
- Virtual Reference SIG Wiki
- WLA Strategic Plan Wiki
- ALA 2006 Conference Wiki
- ASIST 2006 Annual Meeting Wiki (official)
- Colorado Association of Libraries Conference 2006
- Computers in Libraries 2006 (unofficial)
- Internet Librarian 2006
- MLA Memphis 2006
- ASIST 2005 Annual Meeting Wiki (official)
- ALA 2005 Conference Wiki (unofficial)
- Internet Librarian International 2005 Wiki (unofficial)
- Internet Librarian 2005 Wiki
- Canadian Library Association (CLA) Calgary 2005
- Internet Librarian 2004 (unofficial)
See also Staff Weblogs.
- Antioch New England Graduate School's Library
- Butler WikiRef Butler University Libraries' Reference Wiki
- GRPLpedia Grand Rapids Public Library
- IRead Wiki Iowa librarians' Readers' Advisory
- L-net wiki Oregon libraries network staff
- Making of Modern Michigan wiki Michigan State University
- MIT Engineering and Science Libraries B-Team
- Ohio University Libraries - Biz Wiki business information resources
- Ohio University Libraries - Lit Wiki
- Oregon State University Libraries Wiki Confluence
- St. Joseph County Public Library's Subject Guides
- SUNYLA New Tech Wiki
- University of Minnesota Libraries Staff Website
- University of Connecticut Libraries' Staff Wiki
- University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies Wiki
- University of South Carolina Aiken Library Library website in wiki form!
- Vanderbilt University LITS (Library Information Technology Services) Wiki
- Bibliopedia A general wiki for french-speaking librarians.
- "Bibliowikis" a list of french LIS-wikis on Bibliopedia
- Aix-Marseille 3 University's law library wiki
- Bill Van Arsdale
- Angela Kille
- Richard Akerman
- Wiki Index
- David Mattison
- Croatian Network of School Librarians - a repository of school librarian materials, a portal and a place for sharing ideas and works. In croatian.
Wiki Software Applications
- Casey, Michael, and Laura Savastinuk. 2006. Library 2.0. Library Journal [online]. September 1. <www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6365200.html> (accessed September 15, 2006).
- Chawner, Brenda, and Paul H. Lewis. 2006. WikiWikiWebs: New ways to communicate in a web environment. Information Technology & Libraries 25, no. 1: 33-43. Available from Business Source Elite, EBSCOhost (accessed September 27, 2006).
- Raman, Murali. 2006. Wiki technology as a “free” collaborative tool within an organizational setting. Information Systems Management 23, no. 4: 59-66. Available from Business Source Elite, EBSCOhost (accessed September 16, 2006).
- Wikis TechEssence overview by Meredith Farkas
- What Is a Wiki (and How to Use One for Your Projects) O'Reilly Network's hints and checklists for Wiki implementation
- Father of Wiki Speaks Out on Community and Collaborative Development Ward Cunningham on social software
- Toward a New Compendium of Knowledge Lary Sanger's proposed "fork" of Wikipedia
- Wiki Feature Comparison
- Quickiwiki, Swiki, Twiki, Zwiki and the Plone Wars Wiki as a PIM and Collaborative Content Tool by David Mattison, Searcher Magazine, April 2003