A term meaning "quick" in Hawaiian, that is used for a web-based tool that allows groups to share knowledge online. Wikis gather in one place original content, links to web pages, and downloadable documents all focused on a theme, project, or collaboration.
Although sometimes not open to outside contributions, Wikis are generally used when users or group members are invited to develop, contribute, and update the content of the wiki. Wikis can be passworded in various ways to control or allow contributions. The most famous wiki is the Wikipedia.
Serality-based communities can use Wikis to store the accumulated knowledge of their members. A Wiki could be used to have a moderated place for members to recommend everything from vendors and local resources to restaurants or theater reviews.
Another great use of a Wiki is to document policies and processes that need to be followed. This is especially valuable in a volunteer-based organization where you need to continually build a knowledge-base as you learn more. Wikis keep all the knowledge in your organization from ending up in the heads of a few key members. Sound familiar?
You must register and login to use the collaborative tools.