Using Wikiweb for Community Information Sharing and e-Governance
Wai-Yat Wong, Loong Wong, The University of Newcastle, Australia
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Phoenix, AZ, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-55-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
A wiki web is a completely interactive website that allows any user to add content, but also allows that content to be edited by anybody via an edit link on each wiki page. At the same time, almost every wiki web has an archiving and version control mechanism where previous version of a wiki page can be restored if a wiki page encounters any harmful or erroneous edit. We explore whether the open interface of a wiki web with its built-in self validation and version control can be adopted for community information sharing and knowledge repository to satisfy an aspect of modern day electronic governance. We study if a wiki web can be used as a web based tool to support communal consensus building both under constant public scrutiny and in a constructive manner. The history of the wiki technology and its popular by-product, a public on-line encyclopedia, Wikipedia were introduced. Patterns of cooperation and conflicts observed on the Wikipedia pages were summarized.
Wong, W.Y. & Wong, L. (2005). Using Wikiweb for Community Information Sharing and e-Governance. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, I. Gibson, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2005--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2125-2128). Phoenix, AZ, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).