[Asis-l] _Educause Review_: Wide Open Spaces: Wikis, Ready or Not

Gerry Mckiernan gerrymck at iastate.edu
Wed Sep 1 12:29:26 EDT 2004


Wikis In The News:

Educause Review: Wide Open Spaces: Wikis, Ready or Not

In 1999, the World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee looked back on
the previous decade and lamented: "I wanted the Web to be what I call
an interactive space where everybody can edit. And I started saying
'interactive,' and then I read in the media that the Web was
great because it was 'interactive,' meaning you could click. This
was not what I meant by interactivity." That vision of a genuinely
interactive environment rather than "a glorified television
channel"-one in which people not only would browse pages but also
would edit them as part of the process-did not disappear with the rise
of the read-only Web browser.1 It's churning away more actively than
ever, in a vivid and chaotic Web-within-the-Web, via an anarchic breed
of pages known as "wikis."

[ http://www.educause.edu/pub/er/erm04/erm0452.asp  ]


Gerry McKiernan
Ready Librarian 
Iowa State University 
Ames IA 50011

gerrymck at iastate.edu 

"In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a
revolutionary act."

--- George Orwell [Eric Arthur Blair] (1903-1950) British author

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