Texas Digital Library Conference System, TCDL 2012

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The Wiki Method: All the promises of Web 2.0 for minimal fuss
Joy Marie Perrin, Natalie Bueno

Building: AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
Room: Room 102
Date: 2012-05-24 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Last modified: 2012-04-25


Since 2009, we have been looking for a way to revamp Texas Tech University’s Digital collections. In December of 2010, we started discussing the idea of using a wiki for displaying the collections. Using Mediawiki (the same software that Wikipedia uses) and the Mediawiki Semantic Extension, we processed a few key digital collections into the wiki. We have started testing the wiki digital collections with Faculty in Spring 2012. The benefits of the method have been immediately apparent. We have more control over how our collections are displayed than we ever have. We have more options for collaboration since wiki’s are designed to be edited from the browser. This has allowed us to do experiments in crowdsourcing OCR correction, and playing with semantic web concepts in digital collections. In this presentation, we will review the work we’ve done at Texas Tech. We will discuss the many options for how to organize digital collections in Mediawiki, some interesting uses of the Semantic Extension, and describe some of the response we’ve gotten from faculty during our testing period.


wiki; semantic web; digital collections

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