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Section 5: Methods for creating information

Wikis

A Wiki is a Web-based site where one or more individuals can build knowledge on a topic. Wikis are collaborative work spaces. Wikis can be created for any discipline, project, or program. They can be created for businesses, education, religion, non-profits, or just for the fun of it. Through topical association, individuals can add and arrange content, the wiki Website then catalogs the information for easy retrieval. Wikis require little programming knowledge. They are simple to use and maintain. With easy text formatting and docs linking tools, individuals can create content (articles, manuals and other documents) independently of each other.

While there are many different types of Wiki applications, this discussion focuses on MediaWiki, the Wiki used by the University of Wyoming Extension. Similar principles being addressed in this series of pages will typically apply to other Wiki applications.

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Blogs

Blogs are Web-based pages for delivering news, opinions, and information. Blogs are written on an ever increasing number of subjects.

Entry to blogs are called posts and are similar to a syndicated news column. A blog typically focuses on one subject and is updated on a regular basis with the most recent post appearing at the top of the page. Depending on how the blog owner sets up the page, posts may appear in isolation or with other posts.

There are many different blogging programs available each with their own features. You can maintain a blog on a public site or host it on your own server. If you host your own blog, you will have more control of features and functionality. This discussion focuses on WordPress, the blog tool used by the University of Wyoming Extension. Similar principles being addressed in this series of pages will typically apply to other blog applications.

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Flickr

Flickr is Web-based site dedicated to uploading, organizing, and sharing photos with others. With Flickr, you can organize your photos in sets and collections. Sets only contain photos and collections contain multiple sets and or collections. You can favor the photos of others in galleries. Each is a great way to share photos. Each photo uploaded has its own privacy setting. You can share photos with the public through the public setting or restrict them to family, friends, or just you. Flickr allows you to set a default privacy setting. You can conduct searches through Flickr's public library for images. Additionally, you can create and participate in groups to share and view photos focusing on a common interest. Images can be marked with creative commons licensing to make it easier to use in derivative projects. Flickr is a powerful tool for collecting your photos.

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Youtube

YouTube is where you go to watch originally created videos. According to YouTube’s Web site, more than 3 billion videos are watched each day with 48 hours of video uploaded each minute. YouTube is the second largest search engine next to Google. YouTube is owned by Google. If you want to know how to do something, there is probably a video on it in YouTube.

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