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1 What is a Wiki? (and why would extension agents want to use one?) John Dorner

2 What is a wiki? A website that allows anyone to add, remove or edit contentA website that allows anyone to add, remove or edit content A community on a shoestringA community on a shoestring A collaborative toolA collaborative tool Totally openTotally open Flexible.Flexible.

3 What is a wiki? SimpleSimple QuickQuick Document basedDocument based Not message basedNot message based The sum of its contributors.The sum of its contributors. DemocraticDemocratic

4 Popular Wikis Wikipedia "Imagine a world in which every single person is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. Thats what were doing. WikiHow The How-to Manual That Anyone Can Write or Edit

5 Why do wikis work? Fast and easy to useFast and easy to use Open and TransparentOpen and Transparent Scales (2 to millions)Scales (2 to millions) Compromise and ConsensusCompromise and Consensus CollaborativeCollaborative CommunityCommunity Jon Udell – Heavy Metal Umlaut - öJon Udell – Heavy Metal Umlaut - ö

6 What makes a crowd smart? DiversityDiversity DecentralizedDecentralized IndependentIndependent Develop a collective verdict.Develop a collective verdict.

7 Why dont wikis work? Organizational CultureOrganizational Culture Lack of controlLack of control We are the experts mindsetWe are the experts mindset OpennessOpenness New technologyNew technology Small communitySmall community

8 The Wiki Way If it aint right fix it!If it aint right fix it! There is no ultimate authorityThere is no ultimate authority Work to develop consensusWork to develop consensus Think before you writeThink before you write Respect diversity of ideas.Respect diversity of ideas.

9 Why Wiki? for groups for groups Great for CollaboratingGreat for Collaborating Nothing is ever lost!Nothing is ever lost! Being open.Being open.

10 Potential uses - internally Event planningEvent planning Collaborative writingCollaborative writing Develop a class or presentationDevelop a class or presentation DocumentationDocumentation Agent trainingAgent training eXtension eXtension

11 Leader TrainingLeader Training Wikipedia.orgWikipedia.org WikiHow.comWikiHow.com Potential uses - externally

12 Some common wikis

13 Editing content Different wikis use different tagsDifferent wikis use different tags Look at content in other pagesLook at content in other pages Use the online Help!Use the online Help!

14 Starting a new page Create a link - then click on itCreate a link - then click on it Edit an existing pages URLEdit an existing pages URL go to a page that doesnt exist.go to a page that doesnt exist.

15 The NACAA Wiki Its there for YOU!Its there for YOU! Experiment with itExperiment with it Your boss isnt watchingYour boss isnt watching

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