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Making the Case for a Wiki

Emma Tonkin, Making the Case for a Wiki. Ariadne, 1(42). ISSN 1361-3200. January 2005. No electronic version available. External information

Abstract

The wiki was rather aptly described by Ward Cunningham as 'the simplest online database that could possibly work'. Wiki implementations are available for almost every system, even the most unexpected, and the concept is mature enough to take seriously as one of a number of possible enabling technologies for computer-mediated communication and information storage and retrieval. When considering the addition of a wiki implementation into a given environment, it is nonetheless important to ensure that the application chosen has the right span of features for the user requirements; furthermore that the expected users are comfortable with the software, its capabilities, and the intended community.

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