Sunday, January 28

What is Wiki?

Wikipedia.org has been my ready reckoner since I started blogging in Dec 2005.

But I never found out the meaning of wiki till today. Again of course wikipedia is my resource for this.

A wiki is a website that allows the visitors themselves to easily add, remove, and otherwise edit and change available content, and typically without the need for registration.

This ease of interaction and operation makes a wiki an effective tool for mass collaborative authoring. The term wiki also can refer to the collaborative software itself (wiki engine) that facilitates the operation of such a Web site, or to certain specific wiki sites, including the computer science site (the original wiki) WikiWikiWeb and on-line encyclopedias such as Wikipedia.

In Hawaiian language, 'wiki' means fast.

The distinct advantage of online wikipedia over the traditional volumes of Encyclopedia is the speed with which one can search for information.

The word is sometimes interpreted as the backronym for "what I know is", which describes the knowledge contribution, storage, and the exchange function.

Most wikis are open to the general public without the need to register.

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

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