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Wikis as Tools for Collaboration

Klobas, J.ORCID: 0000-0003-2146-7059 (2007) Wikis as Tools for Collaboration. In: Kock, N., (ed.) Encyclopedia of E-Collaboration. Idea Group Inc (IGI), Hershey, PA, pp. 712-717.

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Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, envisioned it as a place where “people can communicate … by sharing their knowledge in a pool … putting their ideas in, as well as taking them out” (Berners- Lee, 1999). For much of its first decade, the Web was, however, primarily a place where the majority of people took ideas out rather than putting them in. This has changed. Many “social software” services now exist on the Web to facilitate social interaction, collaboration and information exchange. This article introduces wikis, jointly edited Web sites and Intranet resources that are accessed through web browsers. After a brief overview of wiki history, we explain wiki technology and philosophy, provide an overview of how wikis are being used for collaboration, and consider some of the issues associated with management of wikis before considering the future of wikis.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Publisher: Idea Group Inc (IGI)
Copyright: © 2008 IGI Global
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