Evaluating Wikis: A Case Study

28 September, 2006

I’ll be delivering a talk on Evaluating Wikis: A Case Study at the Exploiting The Potential Of Wikis workshop put on by UKOLN on Friday 3rd November 2006 where I’ll be giving a rundown of how we selected which wiki engine to roll out at the University of Bath.

This means that I’ll have to actually, you know, evaluate some wikis and roll something out before then, but come along! It’ll be a hoot! Past comments on my talks have included “Very interesting”, “Philip is a real live wire!” and “Ran out of time” – how can you resist? 😉

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A. Doherty
29 September, 2006 at 09:43

You’ll be fine – really enjoyed your intro to Wikis at IWMW.

Can’t be there, but would like to see your materials should they be available afterwards.

Any tips for us on how to actually motivate people to contribute?

I’ve resorted to Wiki’ing everything and sending links out in the hope of it catching on – has to be superior to an inbox full of FYIs.

03 October, 2006 at 13:37

Cheers Anthony!

I will definitely put the slides up after the event, and they’ll probably appear on the conference website as well.

If you’re trying to make more people use the wiki, then that’s exactly what you need to do – I’m guessing you’re in a small team, so get one other person interested and get them to start putting information on the wiki. For example, do you have a list of projects plus a description of what they are, their status and so on? That should be on the wiki.

Are you doing any work that most people don’t know about? Like you’ve posted that Javascript code on your blog recently – put it on your wiki linked from a “code snippets” page maybe.

Depending on your team and exactly what you do, maybe a “tips and tricks with PHP” page. Make it an internal point of reference for the rest of the developers and encourage them to add their own advice to everyone else.

The world’s your oyster in theory, but the content does need to be compelling in the first place to get people looking at it.