A short one today.

I have used wiki’s before; I shall go as far as saying I bloody love them. I have ‘membership’ to 12 different ‘workspaces’ in total, not included those that have shut down. I use them as part of the library output (you need imagination and innovation when you have a very limited budget), or as a document repository both part of professional collaborations (actual work ones are locked) as well as through university. As long as you have some form of agreed document control mechanism, the world is your lobster! I like them because of this adaptability, but also their ease of both use and access.

Not only are they free to create, but they are very simple to build. No real ‘web design skills’ are required if you are after a simple well laid out page. It can act as a simple repository or as in the library’s case a website in its own right. I have to admit this was built for us as part of the PEAR project, but we have taken that ball and ran with it. It is now being phased out in favour of a wordpress site, but it has served us well. We used it in ways the ‘professional’ software has been unable to fulfil. We promote our services to our users, unlike on our intranet. Unlike Heritage we can offer a basic search feature for our stock (whoever signed *that* contract wants shooting) and unlike Integer we can promote the leaflet stock. So it doesn’t look as professional as it could, it’s accessible. People who prefer looks over accessibility deserve to die alone. Because they are free, build them how you want, use them how you want and that, in summary is the beauty of a Wiki.

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