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NCF05 Implementing Wikis

NCF05 Implementing Wikis

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There’s something about wikis

Implementing wikis in a corporate setting
Constantin Basturea www.thenewpr.com

Wiki buzz
• • • • • Business Week: They're Web sites anyone can edit - and they could transform Corporate America Wall Street Journal: Wiki May Alter How Employees Work Together PR Week: PR firms adopting wikis to buoy internal, external comms Forbes: Extreme Blogging - Best of the Web 2004 Infoworld: 2004 - The Year of the Enterprise Wiki

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

Your wiki is not Wikipedia
No problems with:
• Public access • Anonymity • vandals, spammers, monitoring pages integrity • NPOV = Neutral Point of View • Copyright (in Wikipedia all content must be in the public domain)

A wiki should be beautiful
• Wikis: minimalism & simplicity, so “look doesn’t matter” (that was back in ‘95) • 2005: It’s not for geeks only anymore • Interface design can impact positively the adoption of a new technology • User-friendly interface design, like any other professional software – brings trust • Recommended: customize the skin of your wiki

Common complaints about wikis
• • • • They're ugly (design) Vandals will destroy my work (content integrity) There's no accountability (responsibility) There's no structure (organization)

Wanted: wiki gardeners
• • • • • • They “get” wikis Enthusiastic about creating a community Willing to help others Essential in creating momentum Needed for keeping wikis run smoothly They have to be discovered, encouraged, supported

Implementing a wiki: Manage expectations
Wiki as a room*: • It doesn’t set social rules • It doesn’t force people to do something one way or another • The rules are established and negotiated by people
(* Meatball Wiki)

Implementing a wiki: Have realistic expectations
• A wiki will not force people to collaborate • People should take responsibility for collaboration • The wiki offer: very simple, intuitive, flexible, non-technical, easy way of facilitating collaboration and sharing

What a wiki brings: old vs. new
Passive reader Dependence on webmaster’s updates Information consumption No ownership Formal Fixed navigation, changing content is difficult Active writer Update pages on the fly Information creation & sharing Stakeholders Informal, human voice Flexibility in organizing navigation and refactoring content

E-mail as information graveyard Information in context + flow

What a wiki brings: extra
• URLs based on natural language (CamelCase) • Author and version tracking • Change notifications • RSS: recent changes, page changes • e-mail

How to implement a wiki • Is it a good fit for your organizational culture? • Best way to implement a wiki: Bottom-up, grassroots-type effort, with support from management

How to implement a wiki (2)
• Test a couple of wiki engines and choose one • Customize and prepare the wiki (design, features, personal pages) • Prepare documentation (help, how it works) • Discover, encourage, and support wiki gardeners • Show people how their activities will be improved by the use of a wiki • Encourage participation and show management support

How to implement a wiki (3)
• • • • • Train users Respond to users' concerns Build momentum Allow organic growth of the community Leverage existing habits
• e.g.: integrate RSS in Outlook with Newsgator

• Promote the wiki

Technical factors to consider when picking a wiki solution
• • • • • • • • Hosting: external vs. internal Security and access control Data portability; wiki markup 'translators' Ease and breadth of customization Features set Ready-to-use applications RSS notifications Setup, support and training services

Wiki software producers
• Atlassian: Confluence - www.atlassian.com • Jot: JotSpot (beta) - www.jotspot.com • Socialtext - www.socialtext.com • Socialtext Workspace, Appliance, Eventspace • TWiki - www.twiki.org

Final thoughts
• Wiki: a very simple, intuitive, flexible, easy way of facilitating collaboration and sharing • People collaborate; wikis support collaboration • Fits best with a certain type of organizational culture • You need to plan the implementation process

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Dr. Espen Andersen, Using Wikis in a Corporate Context (PDF), 2004 Michael Angeles, Using a Wiki for Documentation and Collaborative Authoring, LLRX.com, November 2004 Brian Lamb, Wide Open Spaces: Wikis, Ready or Not, EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 39, no. 5 (September/October 2004) Bo Leuf, Ward Cunningham, The Wiki Way: Collaboration and Sharing on the Internet, Addison-Wesley Professional, 2001 David Mattison, Quickiwiki, Swiki, Twiki, Zwiki and the Plone Wars: Wiki as a PIM and Collaborative , Searcher, Vol. 11, No. 4, April 2003 The Social Software Weblog Wiki as a Room, Meatball Wiki Wiki Social Norms, Portland Pattern Repository's Wiki

• • • • • • • • • Michael Angeles: urlgreyhot Mike Cannon-Brookes: Wikizen (CEO & Founder, Atlassian) JotSpot Blog (Jot) Ross Mayfield's Weblog (CEO & Founder, Socialtext) Social Software Weblog (Socialtext) Resources.WikiWays, The NewPR Wiki WikiBibliography, Gerry McKiernan, Iowa State University Library Del.icio.us tags: wiki, wikis Technorati tags: wiki, wikis

Questions? Comments?
Constantin Basturea http://weblog.basturea.com http://www.thenewpr.com cbasturea@gmail.com

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