Friday, March 23, 2007

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter: (+) Create Your Own Wiki

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter: (+) Create Your Own Wiki
Create Your Own Wiki
One of the more satisfying things that you or your local genealogy society can create is a wiki. It is a great method of having multiple people collaborate on a project. That project might be listings of old tax records, transcriptions from census records or perhaps a written history of the town or county. A wiki is a great tool for almost any form of documentation that is created as a group effort.

According to, a wiki is defined as:

… a website that allows the visitors themselves to easily add, remove, and otherwise edit and change available content, typically without the need for registration. This ease of interaction and operation makes a wiki an effective tool for mass collaborative authoring. The term wiki also can refer to the collaborative software itself (wiki engine) that facilitates the operation of such a Web site, or to certain specific wiki sites, including the computer science site (the original wiki) WikiWikiWeb and on-line encyclopedias such as Wikipedia.

NOTE: The name "wiki" is derived from wiki-wiki, a Polynesian word that means to go quickly. The free shuttle buses at the Honolulu Airport are called the wiki-wiki. Likewise, wiki software is designed to be used quickly and easily to accomplish a task.

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