wiki software

This public web service of openpolitics.ca itself runs on wiki software, in particular, tikiwiki, a wiki engine that makes it possible for multiple, self selecting web page viewers to edit a page. See tikiwiki-based service for more detail.


A comparison of wiki software from Wikipedia and another more succinct and clear from Consumerium based on technical features tends to favour tikiwiki. This is misleading for at least three reasons:

1. It's the wiki data that counts, not the software. A large corpus in wikitext or Microsoft Office format will make it quite difficult or expensive to shift to any but totally data-compatible software.

2. Most wikis are free software and accordingly suffer from an ideology that over-estimates its usefulness. For propaganda from the zealots of each techology see:

[+] proprietary non-options

viable proprietary software

The more specialized Macromedia Contribute, and Office Live may become popular but do not take standard wikitext files - though there have been efforts to make Office XML easily exchangeable/compatible with wikitext XML.

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List comparative analyses of wiki software here, and other commentary relevant to choice of such software in the context of the open politics web