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No Rest for the Wiki

Wikis embody much of the collaborative spirit that drives the discussion of participative technologies. They’re (theoretically) open. Reflect the multiplicity of voices that often comprises the development of information and new ideas. They’re accessible and easy to use. But, challenges exist in adoption because wikis force a consideration of where we end and the group begins. Technical issues are partly a problem as wikis are not the most intuitive tools available, but ease of use is improving. The big issues rests with the conceptual shifts required for using wikis. As this article – No Rest for the Wiki – (focusing on corporate adoption of wikis) states: “Even employees convinced of the usefulness of wikis aren’t necessarily comfortable with them, especially when their work may be seen and tinkered with by colleagues from across the company.”