From the reviews:
"This current book moves on from introductory issues into more technical matters – thereby focusing on the creation of wikis using two of the most popular production engines – namely, MediaWiki and TWiki. … This is an interesting book which I would recommend to anyone who is interested in getting involved in the technical aspects of wiki creation. … the book is very well written – which makes reading it a pleasure rather than a chore. The book comes with an included CD-ROM … ." (Philip Barker, The Electronic Library, Vol. 25 (2), 2007)
"Wiki: Web Collaboration is one of the remarkably few books on the subject of wikis available … . It is written by three multidisciplinary authors from Germany, two with an information science background. … For someone contemplating installing and maintaining a MediaWiki-based wiki website, this is worthwhile material. … A short appendix gives additional information on installing TWiki, followed by a glossary, bibliography and brief index. Finally, there is a CD with wiki software at the end of the book … ." (Jonathan Bowen, The Times Higher, July, 2006)
"Wikis are open-source, free software that facilities Web collaboration. … There are highlighted tips, notes, and cautions throughout the text that provide useful information on working with the software. I found them both helpful and conveniently located in the text … . The book is an excellent translation from the German edition." (Linda Kenny Sloan, Technical Communication, Vol. 54 (2), 2007)
About the authors
Anja Ebersbach is an information scientist. She is a university and technical college instructor, and is also active as a freelance IT trainer. She is working on her dissertation on the topic of "Wikis as Tools of Scientific Work."
Markus Glaser, also an information scientist, primarily works as a web and application programmer, where he specializes in MediaWiki and TWiki systems.
Dr. Richard Heigl, a historian, works as a freelance instructor, IT trainer and moderator of large group seminars. He is primarily occupied with the planning and moderation of wiki projects.
Alexander Warta, information scientist, is a doctoral candidate employed at Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart. He is a specialist for the wiki software Confluence.
Wiki – Web Collaboration
Wikis are Web-based applications that allow all users not only to view pages but also to change them. The success of the Internet encyclopedia Wikipedia has drawn increasing attention from private users, small organizations and enterprises to the various possible uses of wikis.
Their simple structure and straightforward operation make them a serious alternative to expensive content management systems and also provide a basis for many applications in the area of collaborative work. We show the practical use of wikis in carrying out projects for users as well as for maintainers. This includes a step-by-step introduction to wiki philosophy, social effects and functions, a survey of their controls and components, and the installation and configuration of the wiki clones MediaWiki, TWiki and Confluence. In order to exemplify the possibilities of the software, we use it as a project tool for planning a conference.
Features and Benefits
Introduces three of the most popular wiki engines
Explores the wealth of possibilities with task oriented examples
Provides an overview of social and philosophical issues
Includes a CD containing all relevant open source software--This text refers to the Paperback edition.