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Blogs and Wikis
A blog (a contraction of the term Web log) is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog. Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art, photographs, videos, music, audio (podcasting), which are part of a wider network of social media.
A wiki is a collection of web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content, using a simplified markup language. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites. The collaborative encyclopedia, Wikipedia, is one of the best-known wikis. Wikis are used in business to provide intranets and knowledge.
If you are interested in learning more about blogs and wikis, please check our schedule for a listing of workshops and seminars.
You might also find this information from the Internet helpful:
- Blogs in Higher Education maintained by Ken Smith in the English Department at Indiana University South Bend.
- Blog and Wiki links: Clear, simple and well-organized
- Introductory information about blogging in general from About.com
- Into the Blogosphere, hosted by UThink: Blogs at the University Libraries
- Blogs YouTube video on Blogs
- Wikis YouTube video on Wikis