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Introduction to Wiki Technology

Warren T. Jones, Ph.D., PE

Wikis are part of the larger emerging second generation of web tools, sometimes called Web 2.0, that supports collaboration and social networking. They are seen as contributing to the further flattening of business organization structures. This new mode of peer interaction in the corporate world has been predicted to displace traditional corporate hierarchies as wealth generators in the economy. Potential engineering productivity impacts include reduction in email overload, software engineering team collaboration, project management collaboration, meeting planning and corporate competitive intelligence activities. Many expect that wiki skills will be commonplace in job descriptions in the near future. This course reviews wiki technology, compares wikis with other Web 2.0 technologies, presents implementation strategies, provides some evaluation guidelines, reviews strengths and weaknesses and presents some typical enterprise wiki applications.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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