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What about wikis?
What is a wiki, and how could it help with your research?
Explore the showcase of different ways in which researchers are using wikis, and try them out for yourself by using the links on the right hand side.
Wikis can focus on a particular subject area, enabling researchers in the field to develop a specialist resource such as a community of practice, online manual etc.
They are particularly well-suited for content which needs to be regularly updated.
Other uses for wikis
Open peer review
The online journal Shakespeare Quarterly, used wiki technology to allow open peer review.
Engaging with the public
As wikis are generally easy to use, they are a great way of enabling members of the public to contribute to a research project, such as 'crowdsourcing'. They can be configured to allow as much editorial control as required.
Some examples are below:
Explore: alternatives to wikis
Here are some other types of collaborative editing tools.
Free service that lets you bring your photos, documents and videos anywhere and share them easily.
Google Docs enables you to collaborate with others on documents, spreadsheets, presentations etc.
Enables people to post their thoughts on a topic by using electronic postit notes. Good for getting suggestions and ideas from a group of people.
Digital Humanities Awards
The Digital Humanities awards highlight interesting projects around the world. They include a category for projects which have failed, so there is plenty from which to learn....
Have a go! Choose a wiki
WikiMatrix enables you to compare features of different wiki systems.
Have a go! Create your own wiki