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HFPO Guide. What’s a Wiki?. Long Ago there was the HFPO Manual…. Purpose. Introduce you all to the new Health Facility Project Officer’s Guide. Background. The HFPO Guide began as: A thin pamphlet to provide key information to newly assigned HFPO’s
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HFPO Guide What’s a Wiki?
Purpose • Introduce you all to the new • Health Facility Project Officer’s Guide
Background • The HFPO Guide began as: • A thin pamphlet to provide key information to newly assigned HFPO’s • Organizational info – who is HFPA, their role, role of the Resident Engineer, and others • Evolved into a 3-Ring Binder with 11 Chapters, and an alphabet of appendices • Not just an orientation to items, but a description of processes • Samples and Templates
Scope Evolution • Our scope was to update the HFPO Guide, • Provide it in electronic format such as MS Word • Make it easier to distribute • Make it easier to search • Make it easier to update • Past efforts with the HFPO Guide have proven the difficulty to update it
and along came a wiki… With the aforementioned goals it was recommended that the format of the wiki be used…. Based upon the same software as wikipedia it would allow “google” like searches, real-time updates and something else…
What is Wiki • WikiWiki from Hawaiian means “quick” • Wiki's original description was : The simplest online database that could possibly work. • Server software that: • allows users to freely create and edit Web page content using any Web browser. • supports hyperlinks • Has simple text syntax for creating new pages • allows cross links between internal pages on the fly. • http://www.wiki.org/wiki.cgi?WhatIsWiki
Wikis in Business “Although wikis have been around for a decade, they're just starting to take off in business. Like the Web did when it first caught hold in the corporate world, wikis will likely go through a period of wild growth, fierce competition, and inappropriate usage.” www.InformationWeek.com
A Collaboration Tool Wikis excel at collaboration. They are intended to maintain a series of unique documents as their content evolves and to provide an organic means of organizing that information.
Which Wiki? The HFPO Guide is based upon the MediaWiki platform a php/MySql based system that is one of the more popular and more stable systems. MediaWiki is used by WikiPedia: www.MediaWiki.org
Back to that other advantage… • Collaborative real-time environment • No longer, a year or more to effect changes • the potential for a Culture of learning and sharing • The decision to err on the side of trusting to the professional culture of HFPA, rather than the tried and failed model of submit, wait and forget…
Ribbon Cutting! http://usahfpa.com
Starting Point • What it’s for: Provide guidance to HFPO’s and other interested parties about the project’s processes • What should be documented: Any methods, processes regarding support to a project, background, sample tools • Wiki Culture: HFPA professionals, everybody can contribute, critique and be critiqued, with identification of contributor • How to get started: get Registered http://register.usahfpa.com • Links for Help in editing: Available on the main page.
The HFPO Guide Navigation on the left Login prompt to the top right Edits, history along top Let’s take a look…
RSS Feeds • Allow you to be kept up to date on changes • You decide frequency of delivery • Changes delivered to your IE • RSS will appear in Outlook • http://office.microsoft.com/training/Training.aspx?AssetID=RC102254891033&CTT=6&Origin=RC102254891033
Pages • Instead of Chapters or Topics the term is Page • There are two methods to create new pages • While editing an existing page, place double brackets around the proposed page name/topic • i.e. [[New Page Name]] • Will create a “broken link” to the new page, displayed in red • Click on that broken link to be taken to the new page for editing. • Edit the URL in the web browser and change the Title reference to the new page name. • http://usahfpa.com/index.php?title=New_Page_Name
Contributing… • Simple Editing. • Headings are identified by a series of equal signs on either side, the more signs the lower the heading in the hierarchy i.e. ==Heading 2== • Bullets are anything with an asterisk at the start of the line. i.e. * a bullet line • Numbered paragraphs begin with a pound sign (#). • External use a single bracket around the URL and the display, e.g. [URL display words] • Internal link to a wiki page is a double bracket around the display word, a pipe separator, and then the page name. i.e. [[Name of Page|displayed text]]
Discussion Pages • A discussion page exists for every wiki page • A place to discuss the topic page, any logged on user may edit • Each User also has a Page which can be used as a personal introduction of yourself (CV, resume), while the discussion page could be a forum-like environment
Discussion Pages – Tips Respect other’s comments Sign your comments -> four tildas “~~~~” or use the toolbar button New discussions with a ==level 2 heading== or click on the ‘+’ tab Indent replies with Colons ‘:’
Getting Registered • Complete the entry form at http://register.usahfpa.com • Provide your name as you would like it displayed, include rank if applicable • Provide your AKO email address. • A logon will be assigned with an initial password. You may change the password after your first logon. • Your logon will be emailed to you, upon verification by HFPA.
Agenda Purpose Background of the Guide Scope Evolution Why a wiki? Ribbon Cutting Orientation & Demo Questions