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Structured wikis provide database-like manipulation of fields stored on pages, and usually offer an extraction and presentation language or markup with functionality somewhat similar to SQL.

IntroductionEdit

Wikis are typically used as shared whiteboards that allows users to add, remove, or otherwise edit all content very quickly and easily. The ease of interaction and operation makes a plain wiki an effective tool for collaborative writing and to share knowledge.

Database systems are not so much suited to collaboratively maintain content, but they contain highly structured data, offer easy reporting, and support workflow.

A structured wiki combines the benefits of the seemingly contradicting worlds of plain wikis and database systems. This gives you a collaborative database environment where knowledge can be shared freely, and where structure can be added as needed. In a structured wiki, users can create wiki applications that are very specific to their needs, such as call center status boards, to-do lists, inventory systems, employee handbooks, bug trackers, blog applications and more.

Comparing Plain Wikis, Database Systems and Structured WikisEdit

Feature Plain wikis Database systems Structured wikis
Content creation: Collaborative, organic Highly structured, predetermined format Both (case by case)
Structure: Simple: Hyperlinks, hierarchy of pages, page markup, categories Tables, rows, relations Both (case by case)
Reporting: Fixed reports (recent changes etc) Extensive reporting capabilities, also user generated reports Both
Security: Community based "soft security" Access control Both (case by case)
Application created by: N/A Programmers, database analysts (IT department) End users ("Visual Basic paradigm shift")
Design methodology: N/A Top down "cathedral style" Bottom up "bazaar style", user centric; iterative application development

Structured Wiki EnginesEdit

  • TWiki
  • JotSpot, discontinued, acquired by Google.
  • Trac, for the special case of ticketing, but flexible ticket types allow any content.
  • Foswiki

See also Edit

General background:

Specific to structured wiki:

Similar Edit

References, external links Edit

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