Friday, March 25, 2011

First Wiki Launched Today

WikiWikiWeb, the first wiki or user-editable website, was launched on March 25, 1995 and still is a valuable source of information and sharing.

The concept and development of the “Wiki” came from Ward Cunningham in a hope to create a web page that was quickly editable by the users. In Cunningham’s case, it was to establish and promote an exchange of ideas between programmers within his company.

Cunningham originally was going to call his new platform “QuickWeb,” but later he remembered a Honolulu language term for “fast” used by an airport counter employee. The employee told Cunningham to take the Wiki Wiki Shuttle, a shuttle bus line that runs between the airport's terminals. "Wiki Wiki" is a repeating of "wiki", a Hawaiian language word for fast.

From the “Front Page” of the WikiWikiWeb:

The idea of a “Wiki” may seem odd at first, but dive in and explore its links! The “Wiki” is a composition system; it’s a discussion medium; it’s a repository; it’s a mail system; it’s a tool for collaboration. Really, we just don’t know quite what it is, but it’s a fun way of communication asynchronously across the network.”

Today wikis are compiled about a variety of subjects and from all aspects of life including hobbies, professions and games. Some of the interesting wikis include WikiTravel, WikiHow, WikiBooks, CookBookWiki, ProductWiki, Muppet.wikia and of course the expansive Wikipedia.

Software and services are available so anyone can start a wiki on a topic of their choice. Wiki services include PBWiki, WikiSpaces and Wikia among a few and if you really want to get start your own wiki, check out the Wiki Choice Matrix to find that wiki service that fits your needs.

Cunningham‘s innovative thinking brought the WikiWikiWeb that allowed others to model the concept and software after it leading to revolution in how information has been shared on the Internet.

Spectrum Industries innovative thinking has also brought a revolution in how instructors share information with students with the Spectrum Instruction & Presentation Lectern line. The unique line of Audio-Visual and Multi-Media Lecterns can give you just what you need to present the right information in an efficient way.

Much like Cunningham’s innovation has touched so many to share knowledge across the internet; Spectrum’s innovations touch many with the opportunity to share knowledge in the classroom.
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