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D2.1: Inventory of Topics and Clusters

Modelling tools (such as Ontology editors)  Title:
 The Organisational dimension


Terms collection tools with WIKIs

Another more interesting tool is constituted by WIKI, which provide the possibility of a distributed group or community to contribute to the definition of connected terms and concepts, using hyper textual relationships. 

A Wiki or WikiWikiWeb (pronounced [wicky] or [weeky] or [viki]) is a website (or other hypertext document collection) that allows users to collectively write documents using a web browser and a simple mark-up language for formatting these documents. One of the defining characteristics of wiki technology is the ease with which pages can be created and updated. Generally, there is no prior review before modifications are accepted, and most wikis are open to the general public - or at least anyone who has access to the wiki server. 

WIKI systems have received an important level of attention recently, and are even considered sometime as the next big step following the blogging revolution (Rand, 2004; Cooper, 2005). 

One of the important strength of WIKIs is that they allow a group of distributed people, to very easily collect information about topics, and to connect them with on another. We invite the reader interested to understand the functioning of WIKIs to have a look at an open and living WIKI such as Wikipedia. Wikipedia is the most well known example of WIKI, and is a free online encyclopaedia comprising more than 732 000 articles as of September 2005 that has been authored by thousands of independent contributors without centralised supervision.


In the context of this section related to the specification of a conceptualisation, a WIKI represents a very powerful tool that can help a community to collect definition of terms and create very easily hypertextual relations. 



Modelling tools (such as Ontology editors)  fidis-wp2-del2.1_Inventory_of_topics_and_clusters_03.sxw  The Organisational dimension
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