This is an introduction to a mediawiki as a (social) platform, a historical piece of software and its position within the Social Practices. For a tutorial about how to get an account and practically work with the wiki, read the manual.
The first wiki was create in 1995 by Ward Cunningham, and it was called Wiki Wiki Web. The word "wiki" comes from Hawaii, where it means quick. A short wiki history, on Cunningham's first wiki platform can be readed here. And this interview with Ward Cunningham is a recommended read.
For Cunningham wiki's are about speed, easiness and collaborative forms of writing and publishing on the Web.
‘People discovered that they can create something with other people, that they don't even know. But they come to trust and they make something that surprises them in terms of its value’.
Consequently wiki's have been used extensively as environments for online collaboration. Examples of this are:
- Digital Craft wiki
- Lostpedia - about TV show Lost
- Uncyclopedia - the content-free encyclopedia
- Monoskop - an archive wiki for collaborative studies of the arts, media and humanities
- Mondoteque - a research project by art organisation Constant, Brussels
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