Where does the word Wiki come from?what's_a_wiki2.JPG

  • The word wiki is taken from the Hawaiian word meaning 'quick'
  • In Hawaii a wiki-wiki is a shuttle bus that offers fast transportation

What is a Wiki in technological terms?

  • An open source collaborative web technology that allows users to browse and edit hypertext pages in real-time
  • A wiki is a website that can be easily built and edited by a group of people
  • It provides users with a forum to collaboratively share, build or expand on ideas, questions or concepts
  • Wikis can be password protected so that access to editing is restricted to a select few members or it can be open to the public
  • Asynchronous way of communicating across a network

Did you know:

  • Ward Cunningham and Bo Leuf designed WikiWikiWeb, the first wiki in 1995
  • It was designed to be an open, collaborative community Website where anyone could contribute
  • A wiki is the simplest online database that could possibly work

How much does it cost to set-up a Wiki?

  • Low or minimal costs are associated with setting up a wiki if you have access to the Internet.
  • A wiki uses the existing Web infrastructure so all you need is a basic Web browser such as Internet Explorer.
  • Most schools already have all the equipment necessary for setting up a wiki (computer, Internet, web browser).
  • Wiki sites such as Wikispaces provide 'advanced' wiki sites to educators at no cost. These spaces normally cost around 5 dollars/month.

If you would like more information about setting up a Wiki you may find "The Wiki Way: Quick Collaboration on the Web" useful for answering more of your questions. It includes information on how to set-up, customize, and run a Wiki server.