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Looking for a way for your community members to contribute information to an online collective database? Why not consider a wiki? A wiki is a website that allows multiple contributors to easily add, edit, and contribute content, images, web links, and more. Wikis are specifically designed for collaborative editing and are used as public websites, for personal note taking, in corporate intranets, and for knowledge management systems.
With the global success of Wikipedia, many organizations are curious of the pros, cons, and technical details of how exactly wikis work. This free webinar will review the basics of wikis, including software options, best practices, advantages, as well as drawbacks. It will also include discussions with a nonprofit professional and librarian, both of whom are effectively using wikis.
This will be an introductory webinar; any organization who is interested in learning more about wikis is welcome to join.
David Beall is Executive Director of San Francisco Revival Ministry, and co-founder of the wiki SFHomeless.net hosted at SFHomeless.Wikia.com. As a social worker providing services for San Francisco's homeless, David saw the community need to have homeless resources in a wiki format on the internet, available for all to use and edit. Prior to his non-profit work, David was a Senior Business Analyst in Quality Assurance working for a San Francisco IT company.
Beth Duttlinger is a Library Development Consultant at the Alliance Library System in East Peoria, IL. The Alliance Library System is one of nine multi-type library systems cooperating to provide essential services to the citizens of Illinois. Beth completed her undergraduate degree in Library Science Education from Illinois State and her MSLIS at the University of Illinois. Beth has worked in a variety of libraries in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Oregon, and North Carolina. She is very interested in Web 2.0 technologies and the use of these tools to support instruction. She was instrumental in the design and implementation of Technology Training Wheels, the wiki created by the ALS consultants and modeled after Helene Blowers 23 Things.
Sarah Cove has been Marketing Manager at Wikispaces for the last two and a half years. She runs the monthly webinar series, keeps close contact with the Wikispaces community, and works to build a simpler, more useful service for everyone. Prior to Wikispaces, Sarah worked in business consulting and political organizing. Sarah holds an A.B. cum laude from Harvard University.