Wikis as information sources, as a form of publishing, and as tools for collaboration, are discussed in this book. The applications of wikis in library and information services, education and business are explored, with examples. Provides an overview of wikis, in the context of the increasing use of ‘social software’ and the trend towards a more interactive World Wide Web. The different kinds of wikis are identified and described. The advantages and problems associated with using wikis in information work and collaboration are discussed. One of the problems is simply that of finding wikis that deal with a particular topic or activity, and this is addressed through a discussion of directories, search engines and other finding tools. Later chapters cover the options for creating wikis and the management of a wiki. The book concludes with lists of resources related to wikis.

Key Features

  • No other book currently available, addresses this highly topical subject
  • Wikis are becoming important sources of information on the web yet they are little understood by librarians or the general public
  • Although wikis can be useful sources of information, Internet users need to know how wikis operate if they are to be able to evaluate the information in a wiki


Practitioners and students of Library and Information Science

Table of Contents

Wikis, from social software to social information space; Wikis as information sources; Wiki finding tools and techniques; Wikis in library and information science; Wikis in business; Wikis in education; Creating a wiki – the technology options; Managing a wiki; Managing a wiki.


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…provides a good introduction to using a wiki as an information tool. I definitely recommend this book to readers who are new to the topic and seeking a good introduction., FreePint
…accessible to novices and non-technical readers while providing material (for example in the technical sections) of interest to those already using or managing these resources., Scottish Health Information Network
…a valuable contribution to the field of groupware and collaborative knowledge construction. …valuable tips and advice and provides a wealth of information., The Electronic Library