DIY Online Collaboration: Wikis

Tech Soup Blog

If creating such a resource seems out of your league, you might want to consider building a wiki. What Is a Wiki? A wiki is a website maintained collaboratively by a community of contributors focusing on a particular subject or project. Software for creating wikis is easy to use and is available in both open-source and proprietary forms. Typical wiki communities are work groups within a company, educators and students, and hobbyists. Building a Wiki.

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Wiki Syntax madness

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Wiki Syntax madness November 26, 2007 As most people deeply imbedded in Web 2.0, I am an avid Wiki user. I have two other wikis ( a public and private wiki) that are in Mediawiki, on my web host. And I contribute to varied other wikis, which are on varied other wiki platforms.

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Launching the Global Scale wiki: Learn and share about scaling up!

Amy Sample Ward

Introducing the Global Scale wiki! That’s what led us to start the Global Scale wiki, and we hope that you’ll join us… With this wiki, we are aiming to create a resource for NGO practitioners where guidelines, lessons learned, tips, links and other help for ‘scaling up’ effective programs can be found. Visit the Global Scale wiki to dive in today: [link]. As readers of this blog know, I often mention the idea of “movement building.&#

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Learning In Public On Wikis

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Wikis can be terrific platforms for supporting professional learning in real time, but it requires a comfort level with “ learning in public.&# Learning in private is what most of us did in school. Three Different Designs for Public Learning On Wiki. Over the past five years, I have created many wikis to support online learning projects and wikispaces has been one of my platforms of choice because it is easy to use, free, and integrate other social media content.

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TechSoup Community Team Wiki Launch

Tech Soup Blog

We're excited to announce a brand new window into what we do and what we're discovering with the launch of our Community Team Wiki. It also hosts the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life , supports micro-volunteering efforts , and curates resources like the Nonprofit Social Media 101 wiki. Tell us what you think of the new wiki in the comments! Social Networking social media online community techsoupDYB Second Life wiki

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Free Webinar: Collaborate with Wikis

Tech Soup Blog

With the global success of Wikipedia, many organizations are curious of the pros, cons, and technical details of how exactly wikis work. Pacific time will review the basics of wikis, including software options, best practices, advantages, as well as drawbacks. It will also include discussions with a nonprofit professional and librarian, both of whom are effectively using wikis.

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Please Help: Volunteers Needed To Help With Hurricane Wiki To Prep for Hurricane Ida

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Most importantly, we need to update the wiki: [link]. We need volunteers to review the wiki section by section and make sure that there are resources collected for Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. If you plan to work on a section of the wiki, please let us know which one. If you come across any useful Twitter accounts related to Ida - local news accounts, weather spotters, volunteers, local orgs, etc - please add them to the wiki here: [link].

The Giving Wiki, Literally.

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Wikis have been used for knowledge sharing , learning , conference coordination , and repositories - and curriculum as community. Last week as part of ongoing reflection on working wikily, I titled as post " Establishing A Giving Culture on A Wiki " inspired by Dave Cormier's Connectivism Wiki or MOOC (Massive Online Open Courses).

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Wiki Wednesdays anyone?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

A wiki meetup in Boston tommorrow

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A Wiki Tribute to Stephanie McAuliffe

Beth Kanter

This post is my personal tribute – and a request to send her some good wishes on the Stephanie McAuliffe Wiki. I had the honor of getting to learn from and work with Stephanie as part of her special interest in understanding how to support the effectiveness of grantees that are networks or are working in a highly networked way. This exploration is shared on the OE wiki site known affectionately as the “see through filing cabinet.”

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Wiki Adoption in Organizations

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

There was a really useful discussion thread on the NTEN list for requests about wiki software and summarized on the blog. I contributed my two cents about wiki adoption off the top of my head and Rob did a great summary of my advice and also from others -- so I'm posting here for the next time I want to think about wiki adoption. Since wikis are so "free form," a "gardener" or someone dedicated to guiding users and cleaning up may be necessary.

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Walker Art Center Wiki

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Walker Art Center Wiki - example of nonprofit wiki

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Wiki Wiki Means Quickly in Hawaiin

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Techsoup is hosting an online event about Nonprofits and Wikis on November 1-3. They have set up a wiki for the event on wikispaces, my favorite hosted wiki application. (I I even planned an NTC panel on one ) There are already a few good resources already planted on the wiki, including a Best Practices wiki by my colleague Andy Roberts. (I buzzwords and someone asked what the word wiki meant. The k-12 wiki she set up has some excellent resources in it.

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Wiki: Compare them All

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It lets you select any two or more wiki packages and then it dynamically creates a feature-by-feature comparison. I compared wikispaces with pbwiki - the two user-friendly hosted wiki apps that I like. Speaking of wikis, there's gonna be an online wiki and nonprofit event next week over here and hereThis is a cool site. Great model!

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Wikis for Curriculum Development and Instructional Materials

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I've mostly used wikis as a personal portfolio and have participated in community or collaborative wikis facilitated by others. I've been a participant in design discussions about wiki projects, but never the main architect. The materials would be used for face-to-face workshops where adult learners there would use the wiki as a resource - and perhaps add to it. Her audience is new to wikis, so this is an excellent example of a way to scaffold to comfort levels.

Wiki Cookbook Exercise

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The online facilitation list recently had a thread about choosing wikis. The work of the editors is done on a wiki. So, I went poking around the wiki and I discovered this wonderful exercise she created to get people comfortable. I'm also reminded of Andy Robert's wiki on wiki facilitation Origina l photo CC by license in Flickr User Start Cooking. The discussion included some pointers to the tools as well as some clarifying questions.

Attention Nonprofit Wiki Users: Let's Desconstruct Your Wiki!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I put a question on Twitter, " What are your best Wiki adoption tips? But, I'd love to see a range of examples that de-construct the development of a wiki in a nonprofit setting. The use of wikis for communities of practice, behind the firewall, to support project teams, to reduce email, or whatever is becoming more common. We're seeing more nonprofits using wikis and more nonprofits wondering about how to use wikis. Screenshot of podcamp Wiki.

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Join the Changeblogger Wiki!

Have Fun - Do Good

wiki, Twitter, face-to-face meetups, online meetups, etc.). SocialButterfly has run with some your suggestions, and set up a Changebloggers wiki. I hope you'll join the wiki, and if you have questions about how it works, email SocialButterfly at socialbutterfly4change@gmail.com, or "tweet" her at @socialbttrfly changeblogger blog activism podcast vlog

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Twitter Fan Wiki

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I just had to blog this, the Twitter Fan Wiki. There's some great stuff here. What I liked is the section that pulls together some phrases that describe twitter. Challenged with trying to describe Twitter to your friends? According to the official Twitter FAQ , "Twitter is a community of friends and strangers from around the world sending updates about moments in their lives. Friends near or far can use Twitter to remain somewhat close while far away. Curious people can make friends.

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Twitter Voter Report Wiki

See3

It’s called Twitter Voter Report and it brings together a team of techies, Twitter users and a Wiki to aggregate information on voting day. Alison Fine just gave us a head’s up about a cool project she developed with her colleague Nancy Scola to help ensure a fair and safe election for all U.S. citizens. From their website: On November 4th 2008, millions of Americans will go to over 200,000 distinct voting locations and using different systems and machinery to vote.

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Some wisdom about buildling wiki communities from the Muppet Wiki

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Danny Horn from the Muppet Wiki left a very valuable comment on my wiki post. He shares some tips about building wiki communities. Hi Beth: I'm one of the founders of Muppet Wiki, and I think I can answer. some of those questions about how wiki communities magically happen. People who work on wikis are doing the most. People who host wikis should never. Anyway, thanks for writing about Muppet Wiki.

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The Muppet Wiki! One of the Ten Best Wiki Communities

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Source: Muppet Wiki. For the Making Media workshop I am doing next, I was in search of examples of how wikis might play a role in " Filmmaking 2.0 Interesting, Four-Eyed Monsters , the poster child for social media and filmmaking, does not appear to have a wiki. That's why I so happy to discover that my colleague, Daniela Faris, at Icommons has written a blog post profiling ten fascinating wiki communities hosted by Mediawiki software.

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Wikis in Plain English

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Click To Play. Go check this out from Lee Commoncraft ! The transcript is here

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A Wiki for Your Facebook Profile?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I just installed a wiki application on my Facebook profile called Wikimono. What I'd like to see is a Facebook app for wikispaces so I can integrate my workshop wikis. Anyway, I'm using the wiki to collect and organize research on social media metrics for a workshop next week. I'm sure more will follow or they may already be there. Know any good resources

NGO Learning Wiki

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Check out the NGO Learning Wiki. It was created by Greg Cohen to share resources he has identified while exploring tools for the members of the Association of Private Voluntary Organization Financial Managers. He writes: Nonprofits have approached collaboration or information sharing,particularly using internet tools as a resource, through several disciplines. There is substantial overlap. One is through the creation of LearningCommunities.

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Berkman Center's Digital Native Wiki

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Someone else in the conference mentioned the Berkman's Digital Native wiki that is looking at the difference between people who grew up with the Internet and those who didn't - and what that all means. But I wanted to flag and watch this wiki Earlier this week, Barry Joseph of Global Kids shared an observation during a plenary session at the Games for Change Conference that I simply can't get out of my head. He said and I am wildly paraphrasing.

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Wikis: What, Why, and Wikimania

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

old style wiki Originally uploaded by teemow. That's a pretty good visual metaphor for a wiki. Visual learners/thinks should take a look at these flickr photos ) And, speaking of explaining wikis, Marshall Kirkpatrick will be doing just that over at a TechSoup Online Event beginning next week, along with star studded cast of nonprofit Web 2.0ers. Why Wiki? Socialtext developer Chris Dent has a long and well considered post on social software and why he does wiki.

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Wild Apricot Blog : How non-profits can use wikis to build communities at minimal cost

Wild Apricot

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My NTC Session Planning Wikis.

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I've created a wikitation site (presentation as wiki) to house the presentation materials and for some basic primers/factsheets I hope to write. The planning wiki (very much a work in progress right now) is here. #3 Click To Play John Kenyon tells you why video blogging is useful for nonprofits. John Kenyon was also at the LASA Circuit Riders Conference in Birmingham with me earlier this month.

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Wiki Patterns Is Now A Book!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Stewart runs the site Wikipatterns.com m, but the book focuses on the methods he uses for successfully growing wiki use within the organizations. So, I've set up a little nook on my portfolio wiki called " Beth's Book Picks " where I will slowly add useful books Stewart Mader has just written a new book: Wikipatterns: a practical guide to improving productivity and collaboration in your organization, that???s s published by Wiley.

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Those whacky wikis

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

In our search for collaboration tools we've been looking at web sites that in one way or another make use of the wiki model - pages which are freely editable by a community of users. The term wiki, from the Hawaiian creole for "quick" , was first used by extreme programming maven Ward Cunningham to describe the technique when he used this approach for the Portland Pattern Repository. a month to create and maintain your own wiki site!

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Wikis: What, When, Why

Museum 2.0

What's a wiki? Wikis are websites that are extremely easy for anyone (even you!) Its success can distort understanding of what makes a wiki work. After all, if Wikipedia could succeed as a collaborative documentation of well, everything, isn't your specific wiki bound to thrive as well? Consider these two stories of museum-related wikis that struggled. In May of 2007, Woody Sobey released a wiki for science museum educators to share their demos.

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Web2.0 and Nonprofits Best Practices Wiki

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Can a wiki be an example of paying it forward? and Nonprofits Best Practices Wiki ! and nonprofits with David Wilcox who has a social media and nonprofits wiki here. Gotta love Michelle Martin from the Bamboo Project Blog for this. Last week she wrote about her search for a good archive of Web2.0 how-tos for nonprofits: I couldn't find a good "Nonprofit Web 2.0

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Social Media and Web2.0 NPO Best Practices Wiki Carnival

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The Wiki Carnival is coming next week! Two of my favorite bloggers, Michele Martin and David Wilcox are teaming up next to host a wiki carnival. What's a wiki carnival? It is a special event to get people to contribute content to a wiki. Modeled after blog carnivals like Kivi Leroux Miller's Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants , David and Michele are asking for contributions and ideas for their respective wikis on social media/web 2.0 Photo from Obbino in Flickr.

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Changeblogger Ning Group, Meetup, Meme and Wiki

Have Fun - Do Good

Changeblogger wiki to list your changeblog, podcast or vlog (set up by SocialButterfly ). In early May, I wrote a post asking all of you for suggestions for "changebloggers," people who are using their blog, podcast or vlog to raise awareness, to build community, and/or to facilitate readers/listeners/viewers' taking action to make the world a better place.

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Blogs and Wikis in 3rd World ICT

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Check out the section on blogs and wikis. The second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) will be taking place next month Tunsia. WSIS has just released a special report " Information Society: The Next Steps " that looks at how the ICT landscape is changing in the developing world and what lies ahead. Experts from governments, donors, NGOs and the private sector speak out about effective policies, promising applications and innovative business models.

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Welcoming the Wiki

AFP Blog

Welcoming the Wiki: "A more interesting question is the impact Wikipedia might have on other technology companies. Will the example of Wikipedia help our tech employees to become more friendly? Tech types aren't exactly known for their, ahem, sparkling interactions with other people, but Wikipedia depends on its ability to charm and cultivate others. Will its example of nonprofit education

NTEN Member Buzz Round-Up: Shout-outs, Contests, Wikis

NTEN

Flickr: cogdogblog Judy Hallman always rocks the power of wikis for knowledge aggregation and collaboration. She just provided a nice summary of her 501 Tech Club Triangle meeting notes in wiki format , so others can help add to and annotate them. There's a lot of good info there on nonprofit technology topics, so even if you're not from the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area, you might want to take a gander at the notes !

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Global Scale: Launching the discussion list & much more!

Amy Sample Ward

This email group is intended as a conversation space to supplement and support the Global Scale Wiki. We recognize that some times it’s easier to share a link, talk about a concept, or participate in a discussion before jumping into a shared learning space like a wiki. Global Scale Wiki. Visit the wiki today and share your ideas and examples! Tags: events wiki email global scale nten roundtable

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What are your best tips for wiki adoption for new users?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

One group came up with an idea about using a wiki for internal collaboration. So I asked on Twitter, what is your best wiki adoption tip for internal collaboration? Here's the responses: Laura Whitehead suggested reading this article about wiki collaboration and happiness. Ted Fickes (note the dog in the avatar) I'm trying to use relatively high profile project for wiki-type adoption internally. Csuspect: Only send links around via email to wiki pages.

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Would 007's Spy Tools Include A Wiki?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Designing the innovations of using wikis and blogs to be quickly and broadly adopted by a critical mass of workers (early adopters and early majority) and not just a few fashion-setters or geeks. he said, they need to persuade thousands of employees to begin blogging and creating wikis all at once. Also points to a post with some great reflection questions related to adoption of wikis and this piece of research from New Communications Review, " Thinking About Wikis "

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The Evolution of the Global Scale Project: We need you!

Amy Sample Ward

That’s where the impetus came from to set up the Global Scale wiki and google group – they were to serve as that place, that meeting ground, where we could find others, talk about our work, and start building up a repository of information and resources. We also want to ensure that the name and the language used on the wiki help answer the question of “where do I fit in all this” immediately to the community. The Global Scale project has had a slow start.

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Dipity Do Da - An Interactive Collaborative Timeline To Track Wiki Contributions

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I put the RSS feed for the WeAreMedia wiki in - and it displays the changes in a timeline. Dipity is a timeline tool that let's you edit a timeline collaboratively or pop in an RSS feed. More here. I wish I had known about dipity from the beginning -- gives you a sense of participation. It only captured the last couple of days of changes

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