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Collaborative Whiteboard?

  Posted on Wednesday August 02, @01:48AM Pacific
Collaboration Ever since coming across the Wiki concept several years ago, I have struggled to describe it in a succinct fashion. I usually say that it's a web-based collaborative whiteboard. I will not attempt to describe the Wiki concept here, instead I would urge you to explore it on your own. A good place to start your exploration is with the original Wiki developed by Ward Cunningham. Since the creation of the original Wiki, there have been dozens of clones developed in many different programming languages. Over the years, the Wiki concept has evolved and mutated. But, in general, all Wikis allow you to easily create and snap together web pages and to update the pages as you read them. Enjoy the journey.

 
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    Re: Collaborative Whiteboard?

    by mark on Wednesday August 02, @10:18AM
    An easy alternative to Wiki is perhaps Blogger.com which lets you set up a blog (weblog) on your site with no need to install anything on the server. You can allow any number of people to post to it...
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    Re: Collaborative Whiteboard?

    by Jim Flanagan on Wednesday August 02, @04:23PM
    The primary difference between a weblog and a wiki is that the content of a weblog is predominantly generated by an individual or small group, with perhaps a discussion board (you don't have to go far for an example of such a model...) while a wiki allows everyone to participate as peers, and, in fact, with the original wiki, there are no controls on who may add or delete what (which makes it an excellent exercise in community).

    A wiki is more like a looseleaf notebook with a pencil and eraser dangling from it by a string, left lying about in the food court at a shopping mall. Anyone can pick it up and read it, scrawl notes in it, change something that someone else had written, or even tear out pages by the handful. The notebook is automagically cross indexed when words are written in InterCaps.
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    • Re: Collaborative Whiteboard?

      by David Rubin on Wednesday August 02, @05:39PM
      Jim,

      I love your description of a wiki. I will point people to it next time I'm asked to illuminate the wiki concept.

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      • Re: Collaborative Whiteboard?

        by Fred on Friday April 02, @05:13PM
        Please help-me, i need same article, monograph, text or website about collaborative whiteboard!
        thank very much

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