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Essential of Creating a Wiki Content

Updated on December 30, 2014

A wiki is a website that enables any person to add, revise, or delete content by use of a web browser. In wikis, the text is in most cases written by use of a rich text editor or simple markup language. While a wiki may be regarded as a kind of content management system, it is different from a blog or related systems in the sense that the created content has no specified leader, or owner. Wikis harbor an implicit low structure, enabling such a structure to develop in accordance to the user’s need. Further, wikis are created to serve various purposes in both private and public sectors including community websites, knowledge management, note taking and intranets. In wiki content, any individual has the right and permission to change, add or remove a particular material. However, there are other wiki sites, which do not allow content control by users (Scott 2008).

Enhanced communication is a common objective for a wiki in an organization. The ease of using the tool makes it essential in relaying information across the firm. Its simplicity in editing also makes it easy for different organizational departments to offer their input, and feedback to the main office, or headquarter. More than keeping employees informed, an organizational wiki could be used as a strategy for team members in different locations to work together and share their information on a particular project (Gulledge, and Haszko, 2010).

Before creating a wiki, one is required to sign up for a Google account. Once o such an account is created, the person will then goes to Google sites and begin the process of creating a wiki site. A Google account is the user’s account, which enables access to various Google services and Google Groups. Such an account can be created by simply signing up for an email with Google’s Gmail, but there are various other ways. After creating a Google account, users can now add other Google applications including a wiki. Account settings are stored in a particular place, but other applications may be stored in their own settings (Google, 2014).

Among the features that I would offer in this wiki to enable information sharing among employees is open editing and user control of the contents. Similar to other simple concepts, “open editing” is deemed to have a subtle and profound effect on the usage of wiki. This will encourage democratic use of the tool, and promote information sharing among employees. Despite this openness, I will put on measures to ensure that information in the wiki is not vandalized or distorted by bad intentioned people. Owing to this aspect, I will ensure that the damages to the wiki content are easily undone by employing a bot method. This method automatically recognizes and reverts any vandalism on a particular content.

Creation of the wiki content is related to this learning objective since it has exposed me to content creation for the web. I have come to understand that content is crucial for the web and as such, we have to understand various ways to getting it. The learning objective for this module was to provide ideas on how to write, and how to write better, and edit web content. This learning course was also intended for learners to get ideas on how to create and control free content services such as wiki for an enhanced performance in an organization.

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