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Wiki Application

The Wiki Application enables users to read, create and modify content on web pages via a web browser in collaboration with others. A wiki system is usually a web application that runs on one or more web servers. The content, including all current and previous revisions, is usually stored in either a file system or a database. Text is usually written using a simplified markup language or a rich-text editor, and it incorporates special codes for the display of tables, graphs, files and pictures. Where a native Wiki Application has limited functionality, extra functions can be added through the use of extensions, e.g. for graphic processing, mathematical functions, referencing and citations, and for the establlishment of semantic relations. While a wiki is a type of content management system, it differs from a Blog Application or most other such systems in that the content is created without any defined ownership. And although similar to the Collaborative Workspace Application, this application typically support less functionality and is less restrictive in respect of information control. This facilitates a broader and more open collaboration and development of content. Wikis have little implicit structure, allowing structure to emerge according to the needs of the users. Therefore the Wiki Application tends to rely more on continuous self-management and self-correction provided by an open community.

Communication and Collaboration Applications