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1 Introducing: wiki.leveragingtechnology.com Keith Crossley; June 2010

2 Goal (and rough agenda) What’s a wiki? Why do we need (have) one? Who uses it; updates it; controls it? How do we use it? – The parts & features of the wiki – Editing: authoring, formatting linking – Files, media, images – “Tagging” – categories, properties, queries How do I…? 2

3 A Word… Except for Main Page – all the content in our wiki is behind a user ID / password You cannot break it. All versions of every revision of content are kept. You can undo anything. Have fun. Be creative. 3

4 What’s a wiki? 4

5 A central place to create, store, reference and share information. – Instead of Share drives & hard drives Saved s, etc A central place to find and access information A central place to collaborate on building information. 5

6 What’s a wiki? Information: “articles” Links blue (page exists) red (page not there yet) Information as “data” Taxonomy 6

7 Why do we need (have) one? Information – More and more information that we need to know – Diverse, and often dispersed, team that needs to collaborate – Capture, organize, share, find, discuss Wiki – Truly shared. It’s our wiki Add, update, fix, improve – Act independently; act collaboratively 7

8 Capture and Link to Information 8

9 Find 9

10 Discuss 10 discussion tab sign & date --~~~ Edit the discussion

11 Organize 11

12 Organize 12

13 Manage 13

14 Manage 14

15 Share Share the information link; not an attachment; not an 15

16 Creating wiki Articles New articles can be created – From a Search (not found) – From the browser address bar – From a link Encouraged Reduces chances of “orphans” 16

17 Creating a new article From Search From browser 17

18 Text editor – with simple markup Heading (like H1) Content Controls 18

19 Text editor – with simple markup Preview 19

20 Creating a link A simple link in the wiki is created by using double brackets around one or more words. 20

21 Headings and Lists generates See navigation > Help in the side menu for details on markup 21

22 Some More Links Actual page name Reads as http link Reads as 22

23 Uploading Files generates 23

24 Files referenced on a wiki page generates Note: links to things like Word or PDF documents should substitute “Media” for “File” in the link. 24

25 Slightly more advanced topics (these are concepts and features we’ll use from the beginning; just like any other technology, you can see the idea here then look at example code to see how to make it work) 25

26 Categorizing & “Semantic Markup” of Pages Effective categorization and markup make a huge difference in the power, ease of use and simple ability to find stuff in the wiki. There are two techniques: – Categorization the basic wiki feature out of the box Articles can be in multiple categories / subcategories – Semantic MediaWiki (“SMW”) An extension to MediaWiki Works with Categorization Text in an article becomes “data” 26

27 Categorization When we save the article with the Category markup the categories are displayed as links Clicking the link takes us to the Category page where all articles in the category are listed. 27

28 Semantics 28 Standard MediaWiki way

29 Semantic MediaWiki Way 29 Link to the New York page

30 Semantic Query 30 Selection by category &/or property &/or value Properties to display Generates

31 LT Templates 31 Templates are a very useful mechanism in MediaWiki – a sort of “macro” capability that can mask complex or repetitive code. We can create our own. An example of template use : Creates LT Templates have been created for a number of purposes (e.g. Education). They are documented in the Help section.

32 Some Current LT Templates 32 EducPageListLists courses & certifications for the current (subject) page title Usage: {{EducPageList}} EducCourseApplies properties to a page about a course Usage: {{EducCourse|Subject=LotusForms|Certification=Sales Mastery}} Draft Stub Needs Classification Categorizes the article as a draft, stub or needs classification Usage: {{Draft}} {{Stub}} {{Needs Classification}} EducCertApplies properties to a page about a certification Usage: {{EducCert|Subject=LotusForms}} GlossaryDefine the meaning of a term (the page name) to display on the Glossary Usage: {{Glossary|what it means}} KnowledgeIdentifies an article or file as part of Knowledge base, with properties Usage: {{Knowledge|Domain=Architecture|Issue=…..}} * * Note – a template may have keywords or may be positional, like {{Glossary}}.

33 Some Current LT Properties 33 CertificationName of a Certification DomainKnowledge area SubjectSubject of a Course IssueKnowledge area CompanyAssociates the article with a company ClientAssociates the article (e.g. about a project) with a client (perhaps should be combined with Company) MeaningGlossary entry

34 Rather more advanced topics (there’s no need to master these, but it’s good to be aware; it would have saved me a lot of aggravation if I’d known about these things earlier than I did) 34

35 Special Pages Special – There are regular wiki articles and then there are “Special Pages” that you have occasion to use, including: Category File Template Property User – You will recognize these in the browser’s address box 35

36 User Pages Everyone gets one: User:Your_Login Everyone is encouraged to build theirs (good wiki practice). Note that if you create a link to [[Keith Crossley]] that’s a different place from [[User:Keith Crossley]] The following page shows ways to resolve that. 36

37 Linking to a Special Page this generates this So you can do something like this This probably seems a bit obscure right now, but it can be handy to know. And it can apply to other things like Category pages. 37

38 Redirect If you searched or linked to simply [[Websphere]] on Wikipedia the following page comes up (note the title): This happens because there actually is a page [[Websphere]], that “Redirects” to [[IBM WebSphere]]. It looks like this: This can be handy for situations like the example, and when you have a regular page and special page with the same name. 38

39 More? Use Help links to MediaWiki.org and Semantic-MediaWiki.org Look for examples on LT wiki or Wikipedia Ask Experiment 39


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