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  Asked By: Thaddeus    Date: Nov 06    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 689

My company is in the very early stages of
investigating/implementing SharePoint Portal Server.
In our investigation of knowledge and information
management enabling tools, wikis appear another very
compelling content management system to explore.

Third party developers, for example, NeoWorks
(www.neoworks.com/products/sharepoint/wikipoint/)
offer ways to implement wiki within SharePoint, and
suggest that we don't have to choose between wiki and
SharePoint anymore, anyway.

But the more I think about it, why not create an
corporate wiki with a set of hyperlinked Word docs - a
WordWiki?

Further, create that set of WordWiki pages within a
SharePoint document library and you've got all the
benefits that SharePoint provides including stable
URLs (vs. filepaths), version tracking, etc.

One reason wikis are successful on the web is that
they allow people to easily publish and collaborate in
a platform independent way on the web.

On a corporate intranet we don't (If we're careful and
diligent) have platform compatibility concerns. And
it's a pretty safe bet if we're looking at SharePoint,
we've got Word. Everyone knows how to edit Word. And
it's WYSIWYG. No need to learn about CamelCase, or
other formatting markup tags either. We'll just use
the insert-hyperlink button, the formatting
toolbar....

So think for a moment about the capabilities of a
SharePoint hosted WordWiki vs. similar capabilities of
a wiki engine like MediaWiki. Hyperlinks, embedded
pictures, search, Etc.

I'd be interested in your thoughts and comments.

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3 Answers Found

 
Answer #1    Answered By: Horace Coffey     Answered On: Nov 06

If I understand correctly based on this video I reviewed on the next generation of SharePoint (http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=14), Wiki is going to be supported on the new version. When you review the video, it will take near the end to hear about the support.

 
Answer #2    Answered By: Rigoberto Beard     Answered On: Nov 06

I think the combination of the two can provide greater value to your
information management  strategy.

1. Wikis can give you the capabilities  of content  management in an easier
way that SharePoint may not offer for your users or your intentions.
Advanced content management for SharePoint is provided with the use of CMS.

2. SharePoint will give you the capabilities of document  management,
versioning, searching, etc. which are very important to your strategy and
Wikis don't offer.

So, if you can, try to get both to work in a coordinated way.

 
Answer #3    Answered By: Alphonso Mckay     Answered On: Nov 06

"Blogs and Wikis. Templates and features in the box."

Quoted from Fitz Blog:
blogs.msdn.com/.../466345.aspx

 
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