What is a wiki?
A wiki is a 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. (Wikipedia).

Wikis' easy-to-use (WYSIWYG--what you see is what you get) software allow us to easily create websites and they allow others to collaborate in building and editing them. Wikis may be one page or multiple pages. You can easily see the history of a wiki under the History tag. Vandalism can be easily detected and traced to a login or IP address, depending on the particular wiki configuration. Discussion is possible under the Discussion tag. Wikis may include a variety of embedded widgets (little program applications) including interactive maps, calendars, videos, slides shows, etc.

New Tools for School Librarians (PB Wiki video)

commoncraft has a great video of Wikis in Plain English



Resources to compare wikis' features and functions -



Wikis (the killer app!! - with teeth)

Enterprise Wiki:
  • Absolutely! (enterprise wiki / knowledge management system based on Google Apps)

Examples:

Searching Wikis

Rationale and instruction