What's a Wiki Good For?

Informationweek has a pretty complete primer about using wikis in business that's worth reading, along with links to examples of companies using wikis.

InformationWeek has a pretty complete primer about using wikis in business that's definitely worth reading, along with links to examples of companies using wikis,including Kodak, Cingular, and Disney.

But one place where I tend to disagree with the article is when it describes what wikis are good for.

"Wikis are structurally capable of handling conversation, but it is not their forte; instead, wikis excel at collaboration. They are intended to maintain a series of unique documents as their content evolves and to provide an organic means of organizing that information."

I think this is in part true, but I think that the bigger issue is that facts aren't always facts. Lots of things are open to interpretation, which is why writing about history isn't a science. The way you put together "unique documents" will change the interpretation of history.

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