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New Library World

ISSN: 0307-4803
Incorporates: Asian Libraries

Online from: 1898

Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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Exploring the wiki world: the new face of collaboration


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Title:Exploring the wiki world: the new face of collaboration
Author(s):Sarah Ann Long, (North Suburban Library System, Wheeling, Illinois, USA)
Citation:Sarah Ann Long, (2006) "Exploring the wiki world: the new face of collaboration", New Library World, Vol. 107 Iss: 3/4, pp.157 - 159
Keywords:Communication technologies, Encyclopaedias, Internet, Libraries, Worldwide web
Article type:Viewpoint
DOI:10.1108/03074800610654934 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:

Purpose – The purpose of this article is to examine a new collaborative electronic platform available to libraries of all types.

Design/methodology/approach – Introduces potential application of wikis discussed by academics and librarians, along with personal viewpoint.

Findings – A wiki is a very good example of the best of democracy in which self-organizing behavior enforces community norms. Typically, wikis are open to everyone and erroneous information could easily be entered, but they are monitored by dedicated members and information is corrected quickly. While viewed as a platform with many advantages for timely and efficient collaborative efforts, there is still a sense of lack of accountability and cumbersome technological hurdles.

Originality/value – Wikis offer the opportunity for wide project collaboration and the possibility of a better product in the end.



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