Harness the collective wisdom of your group…
Instant revision. Authorship without ego. Constant flux. Wikis elevate the interactive potential of Internet communication beyond clicking a link and reading a page, making it possible for communities of users to collaboratively create, connect, and revise Web pages on an on-going basis.
Because wikis use simplified hypertext markup language, very little technical know-how is required to create Web pages. As a result, members of your research or project group can easily read, create, and edit content.
What is a TDL Research Wiki?
The Texas Digital Library offers scholars and researchers at TDL member institutions the opportunity to set up their own Research Wikis, hosted by the TDL, to share knowledge and collaborate in any of the myriad ways wikis allow.
Because of the flexible, user-defined nature of wikis, the number of possible uses for the technology is limited only by users’ imaginations. For example, wikis can be used to:
- Manage a research project that requires collaboration among far-flung participants
- Collaboratively create a knowledge base for any topic or project
- Create annotated reading lists
- Maintain lists and link libraries
- Create collaboratively edited online books
TDL Research Wikis use MediaWiki software, the same platform that the world’s best-known wiki – Wikipedia – is based on. MediaWiki is a powerful platform for creating wikis that does not require technical expertise in XHTML or Web design, and it stores previous versions of pages after edits have been made, so that you can avoid permanent damage to your site in case of vandalism or spamming.
The Texas Digital Library staff hosts and maintains the MediaWiki software, while you have control over how your Research Wiki is set up and used. With TDL Research Wikis, you also can take advantage of other TDL faculty communication services, including Scholarly Blogs and peer-reviewed Electronic Journals.
How do I get my own wiki?
Research Wikis from the Texas Digital Library are available to faculty members at TDL member institutions. If you would like to set up a wiki, please complete this form or contact the TDL Helpdesk at email@example.com. A TDL staff member will help you claim and set up your wiki.
Any institution of higher learning in Texas may become a member of the Texas Digital Library consortium. To find out more about institutional membership opportunities, please see the Membership section of our Web site.