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About the Authors Anja Ebersbach studied Information Science, History and English. She has filled various teaching positions at a variety of universities and technical colleges, and is active as a freelance IT trainer. She is currently working on her doctorate. Markus Glaser studied Information Science, English and Psychology. He is currently working as a scientific assistant at the library of the University of Regensburg and has just begun working on his doctorate on Web-Based Collaborative Processes. Richard Heigl studied History and German Philology. He completed his doctorate in Contemporary History. He is a freelance instructor for communication training and software applications, and works as a consultant on organizational development. Wiki - Web Collaboration Wikis are Web-based applications that allow all users not only to view pages but also to change them. The recent success of the Internet encyclopedia Wikipedia has drawn increasing attention from private users, small organizations and enterprises to the various possible uses of wikis. Their simple structure and straightforward operation make them a serious alternative to expensive content management systems and also provide a basis for many applications in the area of collaborative work. We show the practical use of wikis in carrying out projects for users as well as for maintainers. This includes a step-by-step introduction to wiki philosophy, social effects and functions, a survey of their controls and components, and the installation and configuration of the wiki clones MediaWiki and TWiki. In order to exemplify the possibilities of the software, we use it as a project tool for planning a conference. Features & Benefits * Introduces two of the most popular wiki engines * Explores the wealth of possiblities with task-oriented examples * Provides an overview of social and philosophical issues
Content Level »Professional/practitioner
Keywords »collaboration - content management - content management system - information system - internet - project work - webbased collaboration
The Wiki Concept.- The Wiki Concept.- Our First Wiki.- The Installation.- First Steps.- The Core Functions of MediaWiki.- Formatting.- Multi-Page Structures.- Components: the Function Pages.- Administration.- Life in MediaWiki.- TWiki, the Jack of all Trades.- Installing TWiki.- Working with TWiki.- Formatting in TWiki.- Searching in TWiki.- User Permissions in TWiki.- Administering TWiki.- Designing a TWiki.- TWiki as a Project Kit.- Preliminary Thoughts.- Conceptual Phase: Collecting Ideas and Outlining the Project.- Composing the Project Plan.- Preparing for Your Event.- Executing and Documenting an Event.- Tools with a Future.- Tools with a Future? Technical and Social Outlook with Wikis.