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2 Wiki Work

Page history last edited by Kristina Farber 9 years ago

ASSIGNMENT 2: WIKI WORK

The Objective of this assignment is to familiarize everyone with the more detailed use of the wiki, and to engage us in a collaborative, interactive use of the wiki tool. In this exercise we will work beyond the one-way communication of a web page, and take full advantage of the wiki's ability to be constantly edited and updated by a broader group of people. The suggestions in this week's assignment should continue as regular activities throughout the semester. We must think of this wiki as our collective work, and everything on it is a reflection of the standards of our group. So feel free to make suggestions or corrections or updates anywhere on the wiki.

 

Here are the primary steps for this assignment:

 

1. Transfer your presentation onto a wiki page. We asked everyone to complete this part by Sunday evening, to allow the completion of part 2. Here are a few tips:

 

1a. On the page that you are preparing, please indicate at the top the name of the page editor, with a link so anyone reading it can email you directly if they wish. Use the following format--you can copy this phrase and paste it (and modify it with your own info) on your own page, to keep the same formatting:

Page Editor is Mickey Mouse. Please email me with suggestions, comments, or compliments!

 

1b. When you upload your images (or pdfs, or other files) to the wiki, be sure that the file is named in a logical way so you can find it again when you want to link to it from within your page. For instance "Map_Bijagos_Rainfall.jpg" will be a lot easier than "ea3000x97.jpg" or something like that, which is often what you'll find when you download images from other websites. The other important thing when uploading images or other files is to PUT THEM IN A FOLDER! Once we have hundreds of images on the wiki, you won't want to scroll through several pages of randomly labeled unfiled images looking for your link--much better to organize within a logical file folder structure, just like you would do on your own computer--except that for a wiki, you are working collaboratively with other people, so the folder structure has to be understandable and make sense to to anyone else using the wiki as well.

 

1c. When putting images on the wiki page where the original is larger than you want it to appear on the page, you can downsize them right in the editing window by dragging the lower right corner to a smaller size. You can make this smaller image into a link so that a viewer can click on it to open a full sized image. To do this, select the image, click "add link" from the tool menu, then find the file that you want it to link to. If you check the box in the lower left corner of the dialogue box, it will open in a new window or new tab, which is often more convenient if the user wants to keep reading along in the main document without getting lost. By making them smaller, it makes it easier to read the text that surrounds the images.

 

2. Read everyone else's wiki pages, and make some kind of update or comment on each of them. For instance, if you see a spelling or grammar or formatting error, it is okay to just go ahead and fix it (if you're sure!). If you aren't certain, but something looks like it needs attention from the page editor, leave a note in the appropriate place on the wiki.

 

2a. When leaving a note, use this format:

[Start the comment with a square bracket--that will help differentiate the note from the content, and allow for searches based on a bracket [. Use of the bracket is a standard editing mark in the publishing world--often used by an editor making comments back to an author, for instance when asking for clarification of something the author has written. Also, use red text, and italics. Red is the usual color for "markups" and "redlines" of drawings, so we will use it in the same way here on the wiki.]

 

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