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.

NAME: Bureaupedia
CREATOR: FBI
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.
URL: Private

Related nongovernment wikis

NAME: National Academy of Public Administration internal wiki
CREATOR: NAPA
SUMMARY: Employees use the wiki to organize and manage research, interview notes and data gathered for various academy projects.
URL: Private

NAME: Gov IT wiki
CREATORS: Members of the government information technology community
SUMMARY: This wiki contains information related to government technology, including profiles of agency projects and plans.

NAME: Change Wiki
CREATOR: League of Technical Voters
SUMMARY: The wiki tracks changes made on President Barack Obama’s transition site, www.change.gov. It is useful as a historical record because Web sites do not always provide records of when and what information has been removed, added or revised.

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.

NAME: Diplopedia
CREATOR: State Department
SUMMARY: U.S. foreign affairs agencies use this internal wiki to share nonclassified information about diplomacy and international relations.
URL: Private

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.
URL: Private

NAME: Intellipedia
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.
URL: Private

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.
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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.

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Reader comments

Wed, Nov 11, 2009 Kristi Kuhn

I had no idea so many government agencies were using wikis! It's amazing how much wikis have opened up and allow us to look at different things the government shows. I looked up the Bureaupedia and it was pretty recent that its existence was released to the public. Though I could not go to the site, I did see that it is for agents and workers to communicate.

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