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A wiki is a hypertext publication collaboratively edited and managed by its own audience directly using a web browser. A typical wiki contains multiple pages for the subjects or scope of the project and may be either open to the public or limited to use within an organization for maintaining its internal knowledge base, as we are doing it for University Innovation Fellows program. It is important to remember that this site is different from that of the UIFs main website. The website has information about the program and other details which are mostly showcase it to external folks, but whereas the Wiki, can kind of internal site for the fellows community, to interact, collaborate, discuss, and create resources which everyone can share, use and contribute to.
Wikis are enabled by wiki software, otherwise known as wiki engines. In our case, we are using MediaWiki. Some important features of a wiki platform are;
You might be wondering might what this has to do with one of the most popular Wiki-names we hear, Wikipedia. Yes, the online encyclopedia project Wikipedia is the most popular wiki-based website, and is one of the most widely viewed sites in the world, having been ranked in the top ten since 2007. In addition to Wikipedia, there are hundreds of thousands of other wikis in use, both public and private, including wikis functioning as knowledge management resources, notetaking tools, community websites, and intranets. Ward Cunningham, the developer of the first wiki software, WikiWikiWeb, originally described wiki as "the simplest online database that could possibly work." "Wiki" is a Hawaiian word meaning "quick."