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What's a Wiki?

This site is a wiki web, the same sort of website that was recently written up [in the NYTimes]. Wiki wiki is a hawaiian sort of way of saying "quick" so a wiki web is a "quick web." Wiki was invented (and named) by Ward Cunningham, who calls it The simplest online database that could possibly work.

GlobalChicago? ran for several years as wide open, editable-by-anyone, wiki website. In 2005 editing was restricted due to spamming. Now the wiki function behind these pages is used primarily as a really easy content management tool. Sometimes it's also a shared public workspace for use with colleagues.

Wiki runs on a relatively tiny piece of server software that allows users to freely create and edit webpage content using any Web browser. Normally, anyone can create, add to or edit the pages at GlobalChicagoNET?, once they have the edit password. Selected pages can be edit-restricted, even to those with the edit password, in order to maintain the basic form of the site.

Send questions and comments to MichaelHerman. If you want to make your own wiki, see the links at the bottom of this page. More about how to use this space follows below. If you don't have access permission, most of what follows will not make any sense at all.

How to see what's happening here

How to edit pages

How to make links to whole new pages

  1. Click the 'edit' link at the bottom of any page FROM which you want to link
  2. Make a 'wiki word' by typing two or more capital letters and no spaces, like ImagineChicago or OpenSpaceTechnology.
  3. Click the 'save' button. Notice the '?' at the end of the wiki word you created.
  4. Click the question mark... a new edit page will come up and you'll be able to paste or type in the text you want to appear on that new page.
  5. Once you save that editing, the question mark will be removed and your wiki word will show up as a link to your new page.

Note... if you use the summary box to describe your changes, this summary will show up in RecentChanges listings.

How to format text

You can click the edit link at the bottom of this page to see the raw text for any of these lines:

Heading Text

How to include links to other websites

Just type the full URL address, including the http part when editing any page.

How to make numbered and bullet-point lists

Use asterisks to make bullet points

Use pound signs to make numbered lists

  1. one
  2. two
  3. three

click the edit link at the bottom of this page to see how the above lists are typed into the edit box.

How to include photos in these pages

First, upload any .jpg images to a webserver someplace. Any server will do. Then come to this site and while editing any page here, include the full URL address of the images you've uploaded to that other webserver. Any URL addresses ending in '.jpg' will be displayed as images within the text of your page.

this is what happens when i type http://www.michaelherman.com/images/mjhalaska4 + .jpg (without the " + "):

How to include links to download resources documents

Do the same as photos above... upload the resource document to a webserver someplace where a website is already being hosted. Then include the URL address link on a page here. Any '.doc' or '.pdf' link will be displayed as clickable if it starts with 'http://www.michaelherman.com/foodsecurity/files/foodsecurity2001.pdf'

More About Wiki

Wiki is unusual among group communication mechanisms in that it allows the organization of pages to be edited in addition to the content of pages. Like many simple concepts, "open editing" has some profound and subtle effects on Wiki usage. Allowing everyday users to create and edit any page in a Web site is exciting in that it encourages democratic use of the Web and promotes content composition by nontechnical users.

See MoreAboutFormattingText and MoreAboutWiki?

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