what is wiki and advantages and disadvantages?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    This sounds like a homework question. Nevertheless, you can use the world's most popular Wiki to find your answer. Here's the Wikipedia article on Wiki's.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki

    Enjoy that at your leisure, there's lots of information there. Wikipedia is a community driven, free online encyclopedia where anybody can contribute to add entries or edit existing information.

    Wikis exist on a number of topics. If you're a fan of the TV series Lost, you can use the Lostpedia Wiki here:

    http://www.lostpedia.com/

    This Wiki uses the same open source software that Wikipedia uses, so you'll notice the familiar format. But anyway, to answer your questions:

    What is a Wiki? (Taken from the Wikipedia article above)

    A wiki is a type of website that allows the visitors themselves to easily add, remove and otherwise edit and change some available content, sometimes without the need for registration. This ease of interaction and operation makes a wiki an effective tool for collaborative authoring. The term wiki can also refer to the collaborative software itself (wiki engine) that facilitates the operation of such a website, or to certain specific wiki sites, including the computer science site (an original wiki), WikiWikiWeb, and online encyclopedias such as Wikipedia.

    Advantages and disadvantages?

    Wikis can most directly be compared to Content Management Systems, but the markets for these are very different. The advantage of Wikis are of coutse that they're free. But this can also be a disadvantage to companies who want to implement a Wiki but require service level agreements from suppliers and guaranteed support.

    Wikis have been reasonably innovative in what features they offer, but CMS software is catching up. CMS is a better solution for organising unstructured data, but with it's search and comparison of metadata and content, with a web front end it can emulate many of the features of a Wiki. Unfortunately, it's not what it was intended for. Some CMS software will allow the integration of Wiki components so that you can present pages on a web or intranet site in a Wiki format, and integrate the security and version control and audit of the CMS into the system. This has major advantages for businesses, but the advantage of the Wiki is of course that almost anyone can use it.

    I hope that helps answer your question. All the best.

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