What is a wiki?

A wiki is a collaborative website where a community of users can edit and share content such as Wikipedia. The ethos behind wikis is that they can be edited and developed freely, and that moderation is managed by a community of users, rather than by an individual. Wikis are usually text based, rather than design-led.

Wikipedia describes as wiki as: "A website that allows the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages via a web browser using a simplified markup language or a WYSIWYG text editor. Wikis are typically powered by wiki software and are often used to create collaborative websites, to power community websites, for personal note taking, in corporate intranets, and in knowledge management systems."

What are the benefits of a wiki?

  • It's more interactive and dynamic than a basic website - anyone can take part.
  • It's a way of bringing together the knowledge of a collective group.
  • Ideally, they're self-maintaining - the wiki members are responsible for keeping it accurate and up-to-date.
  • It can store huge amounts of useful data which can be accessed via the web.

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