Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Wiki: An Environment For Scholarly Conversation and Publishing

The Wiki: An Environment For Scholarly Conversation and Publishing

Gerry McKiernan, Associate Professor and Science and Technology Librarian, Iowa State University Library
Ames Iowa USA
September 09 2008 / 18:00 – 18:20

"The Medium Is The Message ... The Audience Is The Content"

Marshall McLuhan. Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1964.

A "wiki is a ... collaborative space ... because of its total freedom, ease of access, and use, [and] simple and uniform navigational conventions ... ." "[It] ... is also a way to organize and cross-link knowledge ..." Ward Cunningham, Father of The Wiki (Leuf and Cunningham, 2001, 16). Most wikis provide the user with a set of navigation or utility tools such as the ability to create and edit a page, view recently changed pages, and rollback to previous page versions. In addition, many wikis include a discussion forum for proposed page changes.

Among its many perceived benefits are its potential for facilitating a more creative environment and expanding knowledgebase, and a significant ability to harness the power of diverse point-of-views in creating collaborative works.

In this presentation, we will speculate on the Wiki as a digital environment that not only supports current scholarly practices, but more importantly, offers a framework for their enhancement and transformation.


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BTW-2: The Wiki: An Environment for Scholarly Conversation and Publishing is based upon

“Wikis: Disruptive Technologies for Dynamic Possibilities” PowerPoint presentation delivered at Digital Libraries à la Carte: Choices for the Future, Tilburg University, The Netherlands, August 23, 2005


(accessed 21 September 2008)

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