In my last post I talked about how popular – and common – wikis are on the web. But why aren’t there any for the voluntary sector? Surely they don’t only work when people are talking about the Muppets or Star Wars? I liked the comment posted on the last blog: surely the culture of volunteering in the voluntary sector would make us, as a group, ideal candidates for maintaining successful wikis?
There are two clear trends we’ve noticed at KnowHow, which suggest the time might be right for us all to embrace wiki collaboration as a form of learning how to do our jobs better.
So, I thought it was appropriate to follow my introduction of iKnowHow with a post that had a bit less about cats and more about what a ‘wiki’ actually is.
Most of us will know about wikis from the huge site Wikipedia; the free, collaborative, multilingual internet encyclopaedia. Wikipedia is without a doubt the most successful wiki ever - with over 100,000 regular contributors and a total of 20 million articles written by volunteers around the world. According to Alexa, it’s the 6th most popular website in existence.
But it’s not just Wikipedia. There are thousands of different types of wikis across the internet, from the enormously popular Muppets Wiki to the infamous WikiLeaks. In short, wikis are commonplace, we already use them and they’re here to stay. more >