Hey, Marc Laporte and the good folks at TikiWiki are keeping a list called the “Wiki Landscape” that pulls together information on the most popular Wiki engines. According to (who else?) Wikipedia, a wiki “is a page or collection of Web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content, using a simplified markup language.”
The most famous Wiki is, of course, Wikipedia.org which is a great example of a huge community of people from all over the world being able to contribute to a single webpage. Other examples include:
- WikiHow – A wiki built around “How-to”s
- Wikinews – News from around the world through collaborative reporting
- Wikitravel – Compiling a user-written, worldwide travel guide
While problems with the “anybody can edit” philosophy inevitably come up, a truly collaborative information resource is, at the very least, a powerful vision.
I just created a new toolbox called “Wiki Tools” that I posted on SSC based around their list. These tools are all designed to get active wikis up and running easily and, perhaps most importantly, collaboratively. Why not take a peek, poke around or even add your own favorite Wiki example.