A proliferation of wikis has exploded on the web in recent years. These community-edited encyclopedias/databases/knowledge forums have moved beyond general information into specialized applications. While the looming influence of Wikipedia may still be treated with suspicion in academia (see this Inside Higher Ed article), companies like Encyclopaedia Britannica (see this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education's Wired Campus) have been goaded into the conclusion that this is a new model for the sharing of knowledge. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
INFOMINE catalogers can't keep up with all the wikis on the web, but a good number of academic and library wikis have been entered into our database. For an overview of wikis in general, start with the Wikipedia article on wiki. We'll offer some examples of wikis that have been entered into the INFOMINE database. These all have their own authorship requirements; some are written by experts in their fields, some by informed laypersons. Explore them individually to see policies. Wikis generally provide very good reference lists and bibliographies, even if you do not find exactly what you're looking for within the content of a given article.
New to INFOMINE this week: Open Access Directory
Wiki by and for the OA community offers articles on open access publishing, software, guidelines, research, institutions, repositories and more.
Chemical Information Sources Wiki
Covers starting points, general sources, internet resources and specialized searches for chemistry research. Also features sections on teaching and studying chemistry, newsgroups and blogs, careers, and cheminformatics.
Encyclopedia of Life
The Encyclopedia of Life is a collaborative project to document every living species on Earth. An initial 30,000 species pages were launched in February 2008, with basic template pages for one million more species. Entries include classification, description, images, ecology, distribution maps, literature references and more.
Encyclopedia of Earth
A wiki-style encyclopedia about "the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society." Consists of "articles written by scholars, professionals, educators, and experts who collaborate and review each other's work." Articles may be searched or browsed by author or topic.
Game Programming Wiki
The Game Programming Wiki features tutorials, programming techniques, game industry information, design, project management guidelines, software tools, and a bibliography of reference books.
Humanities, libraries, recreation
Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki
A wiki for sharing ideas in library innovation. Categories include management, leadership, collection development, reference services, information literacy, marketing, professional development, and technology implementation and access.
Collaboratively-created law encyclopedia and dictionary from the Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School.
The Digital Classicist
Resource guide and wiki for researchers and students of classical civilization, with a focus on computing and technology applications.
English Medieval Legal Documents Wiki
"The goal of this project is to create a collaborative database on the published sources of English medieval legal documents, and to provide links to the growing number of online sources currently being developed." Categories include case law, statutory law, administrative law, private legal documents, writs and pleadings, early legal treatises, links to online resources, research guides and bibliographies.
A wiki of worldwide travel information, including places to go, how to get there, things to see, where to stay, travel phrasebooks, and more.
This quotations wiki, part of the Wikipedia group of websites, offers quotations from people, literature, film and television. Entries link to relevant sources, Wikipedia articles, and related websites.
Government information wikis
State Agency Databases Across the 50 States
A wiki from ALA's Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) with information on online state government databases, listed by state.
Wiki about Congress, with topics on Congress members, legislation, rules, caucuses, votes, Congress members under investigation, news, and more.
SourceWatch is a wiki on public policy influence, lobbyists, special interest groups, and media outlets. "It catalogues descriptions and details of PR firms, activist groups and government agencies as well as the criticisms that are made of these groups from different perspectives."
Tools for creating and using wikis
A comparison tool which examines various Wiki creation and editing software. Select Wiki programs based on the features available or compare the represented engines in side by side charts.
WikiMindMap is a graphical clustering search engine for Wikipedia articles.