Wiki explained

Brief wiki history

  • A wiki is a page or collection of Web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content, using a simplified markup language. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites. The collaborative encyclopedia Wikipedia is one of the best-known wikis.]. Wikis are used in business to provide intranets and Knowledge Management systems. Ward Cunningham, developer of the first wiki software, WikiWikiWeb, originally described it as "the simplest online database that could possibly work".
  • "Wiki" (/wiːkiː/) is a Hawaiian word for "fast". WikiWikiWeb was the first site to be called a wiki. Ward Cunningham started developing WikiWikiWeb in 1994, and installed it on the "Internet domain c2.com on March 25, 1995. It was named by Cunningham, who remembered a "Honolulu International Airport counter employee telling him to take the Wiki Wiki shuttle bus that runs between the airport's terminals.
  • On March 15, 2007, wiki entered the online Oxford English Dictionary. Cunningham developed Vannevar Bush's ideas by allowing users to "comment on and change one another's text". In the early 2000s, wikis were increasingly adopted in enterprise as collaborative software. Common uses included project communication, intranets, and documentation, initially for technical users. Today some companies use wikis as their only collaborative software and as a replacement for static intranets.
Some Wiki resources

  • Wikis in Plain English : Like the name says, this wonderful 3: 52' min. movie, will explain to you the basic concept of a wiki. Watch it and everything will be suddenly clear.
  • Check the Help provided by Wetpaint Central. You will find there pretty much all you will need and more to get you around

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