Wikipedia: the inside story Andrea Rankin, June 2007 What is a Wiki? The simplest online database that could possibly work (‘wiki wiki’ means ‘rapidly’ in the Hawaiian language).
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Andrea Rankin, June 2007
The simplest online database that could possibly work
(‘wiki wiki’ means ‘rapidly’ in the Hawaiian language).
Wiki is a piece of server software that allows users to freely create and edit web page content using any web browser.
Open editing encourages democratic use of the Web and promotes content composition by non technical users.
‘Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing.’
(Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, Masters in Finance, and nearly a PhD)
Goal: 250,000 articles in every language
spoken natively by at least 1m people
(ie 347 languages)
Operates on an open society basis, where people trust each other!
Aims to improve on the Wikipedia model by adding ‘gentle expert oversight’ and requiring contributors to use their real names – founded by an ex founder of Wikipedia, who was losing sleep at night!
Use some free software and web space
eg Wikispaces www.wikispaces.com/
‘Create simple web pages that groups, friends, and families can edit together’