Structured wiki

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Structured wikis provide database-like manipulation of fields stored on pages, and usually offer an extraction and presentation language or markup with functionality somewhat similar to SQL.


[edit] Introduction

Wikis are typically used as shared whiteboards that allow users to add, remove, or otherwise edit all content very quickly and easily. The ease of interaction and operation makes a plain wiki an effective tool for collaborative writing and to share knowledge.

Database systems contain highly structured data, offer easy reporting, and can support workflows, but are not so well suited for collaboratively maintaining content.

A structured wiki combines the benefits of plain wikis and database systems. This results in a collaborative database environment where knowledge can be shared freely, and where structure can be added as needed. In a structured wiki, users can create wiki applications that are very specific to their needs, such as call center status boards, to-do lists, inventory systems, employee handbooks, bug trackers, blog applications and more.

[edit] Comparing plain wikis, database systems and structured wikis

Feature Plain wikis Database systems Structured wikis
Content creation: Collaborative, organic Highly structured, predetermined format Both (case by case)
Structure: Simple: Hyperlinks, hierarchy of pages, page markup, categories Tables, rows, relations Both (case by case)
Reporting: Fixed reports (recent changes etc) Extensive reporting capabilities, also user generated reports Both
Security: Community based "soft security" Access control Both (case by case)
Application created by: N/A Programmers, database analysts (IT department) End users ("Visual Basic paradigm shift")
Design methodology: N/A Top down "cathedral style" Bottom up "bazaar style", user centric; iterative application development

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