All this talking and thinking about wikis over the last few days, following from a NSW KM Forum meeting on this topic, has got me looking again at some of the wiki options out there. One useful source is WikiMatrix, which currently helps you to choose and compare 84 different wiki software options.
Wandering around the different options I began to think about what would the best approach be for someone who wants to get started with exploring wikis inside the firewall, particularly if you operate in a more restrictive IT environment or simply don't have the technical resources? Well, here are a couple of ideas:
- Care of Collaboration Loop, Traction Software have just announced a free download of its enterprise wiki software - there are some limitations, but the nice thing is their wiki is java-based and completely self-contained;
- Install VMware Player and try out a wiki in virtual PC running inside your computer - note that you could actually run a live wiki using this approach, especially if you want to avoid learning how to install Linux! I found TWiki, MediaWiki and I'm sure there are other. BTW Not only are there wikis available to run in VMware Player, I also noticed some blogging options too, like a multiuser Wordpress virtual machine.
- Try a personal or "portable" option - TWiki can run off a USB drive! Or how about TiddlyWiki :-) Wikipedia offers some more options.
Another issue might be that your IT department wants you to use an existing enterprise platform. An interesting discussion thread I came across in WikiMatrix is a request to add Sharepoint 2007 to the list. Apparently they need - I wonder if someone from Microsoft will step up to the plate? I wouldn't mind seeing something about the IBM Lotus options too, as there are some wiki templates for Notes and Quickplace available too.