Who's using wikis
The list of government wikis and the variety of purposes for which they are used continues to expand. The versatility of wikis’ freely editable Web pages makes them a great tool for the types of knowledge sharing and collaborative projects that government employees work on every day.
Here is a sampling of government wikis that illustrate that wide range of uses.
SUMMARY: This internal wiki lets agents and analysts share lessons learned, best practices and subject-matter expertise. It is a collaborative effort between FBI’s chief knowledge officer and chief technology officer.
NAME: Colab — Collaborative Work Environment
CREATOR: General Services Administration’s Office of Intergovernmental Solutions
SUMMARY: Colab provides wiki space that several intergovernmental groups have used, including the CIO Council’s Federal Data Architecture Subcommittee. The wikis can be public or private.
CREATOR: State Department
SUMMARY: U.S. foreign affairs agencies use this internal wiki to share nonclassified information about diplomacy and international relations.
NAME: DOD Techipedia
CREATOR: Defense Department
SUMMARY: Agency scientists, engineers, acquisition workers and military service members use this wiki to share information and improve collaboration.
CREATOR: Office of the Director of National Intelligence
SUMMARY: Analysts from 16 federal intelligence agencies share information via the wiki, which has three components defined by security clearance level.
NAME: Kiwi Wiki Service
CREATOR: National Institutes of Health’s Center for Information Technology
SUMMARY: The service provides internal wikis for NIH researchers. It now supports more than 40 wikis for various projects, including scientific collaboration, project management and documentation development.
NAME: MAX Federal Community
CREATOR: Office of Management and Budget’s Budget Formulation and Execution Line of Business
SUMMARY: Federal workers involved in acquisition, budget, e-government, grants, performance, planning, and other areas of interagency activity use wiki to share information and collaborate.
NAME: Telecommunications and Electronic and IT Advisory Committee Wiki
CREATOR: U.S. Access Board
SUMMARY: The committee used the wiki to support its review of the Access Board’s standards and guidelines related to electronic and information technology accessibility under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
John Zyskowski is a senior editor of Federal Computer Week. Follow him on Twitter: @ZyskowskiWriter.