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As with any resource, ease of usability is a big factor (at least for me). Well, wiki.GIS.com has been upgraded to do just that – increase the ease of usability. With the newly upgraded wiki, you can now use the editing toolbar to assist you in creating and editing pages. There is a lot of functionality within the editing toolbar – from changing the text to bold and adding internal or external links to creating references and even seeing a preview or the changes made to the page. See the screen shot below for a more detailed look at the editing toolbar:
The search functionality has also been improved with this upgrade. Now, when you search for a word or some letters within a word, a drop-down menu appears to assist you in either finding the exact word you are looking for or allows you to select the “containing… ” to return pages containing those letters.
Overall, the usability of wik.GIS.com has been improved and will continue to improve as we move forward. As is the nature of wiki, there is always work to do and ways in which to make it better – both functionally and content-wise. If you have not had a chance to see wiki.GIS.com, create an account, or add some of your GIS knowledge, feel free to join the wiki.GIS.com community and help us to continue to make this an excellent resource for all levels of people using and interested in GIS.
If you are looking for a place to collaborate and share your ideas with other people on the wiki, you can always use the Discussion Room, which is accessible within the ‘Site Management’ links along the left-hand side of any wiki page or create a discussion on a particular wiki page by using the ‘Discussion’ tab.
We are always looking for feedback. To send feedback, click the feedback link located on the bottom of each wiki page or just send us an email to email@example.com.
We hope you enjoy the upgraded wiki and look forward to seeing you around.
-Collin W., wiki.GIS.com Administrator
Check out the new main page of wiki.GIS.com! The main page now has a dynamic Featured Page, a Featured Map that will change from time to time, an exciting new tag cloud, and a section that will contain everything from ‘How to Help’ to ’Tips and Tricks’.
Wiki.GIS.com has started moving up on the Google search engine results page (SERP). So, your contributions are making an impact!
-Collin W., SCN Blog Content Manager, ESRI Support Services
Merriam-Webster defines community as “a body of individuals organized into a unit or manifesting usually with awareness some unifying trait”.
With this definition in mind, it can be said that wiki.GIS.com is developing a community. Our “unifying trait” is GIS or knowledge and awareness of GIS and its many uses.
With an increase in users comes the creation and editing of wiki pages. By looking at the recent changes to wiki.GIS.com, you can see that the creation and editing processes have involved some collaboration amongst users. Collaboration and a wiki go hand-in-hand, so it is good to see a community formulating and collaborating within wiki.GIS.com.
Upon the launch of wiki.GIS.com, GIS Lounge posted a blog with an approximation of the number of content pages at that time and an invite to add your knowledge of GIS to wiki.GIS.com. It is always great to see the community get involved with spreading the word and creating some chatter.
Since the launch of wiki.GIS.com there have been about 75 content pages added and a few new users are creating accounts every day. As I have found out through browsing, adding to and editing the wiki, it can be fun and it is always a learning experience. Jump in head first and see what or how you can contribute to wiki.GIS.com.
- Collin W., SCN Blog Content manager, ESRI Support Services
Our mission is to ensure your success. Whether you’re an expert with GIS software or have just recently joined the GIS community, we deeply appreciate the opportunity to serve you. We continuously strive to provide new Internet-based tools to help foster the GIS community and help it to grow. Many of our users have requested that we set up a knowledge-sharing platform for the GIS community. This will not only be useful to all of us to enhance our knowledge of GIS, but it will also help new geographers to better understand GIS and quickly improve upon their GIS skills to be more productive.
Wiki.GIS.com is a community-generated, GIS-centric encyclopedia that serves as a repository for factual, unbiased GIS content. Wiki.GIS.com will seek to involve the GIS community in an ongoing process of creation and collaboration of conceptual GIS information. Wiki.GIS.com will use the passion and knowledge each one of you has, in order to offer another resource for users to help others. All content ownership will be shared by the GIS community.
The success of wiki.GIS.com depends on the contributions of GIS professionals, students, and the GIS community-at-large. We invite all the people who have a common interest in sharing GIS knowledge and ideas to create a login account on wiki.GIS.com and then begin editing existing pages or adding their own GIS-related content to the wiki. We have a list of requested pages on the wiki for which we are seeking content, but please feel free to add more topics/content as you deem fit. All unbiased GIS-related content is welcome.
If you are unfamiliar with how a wiki works, a good place to start may be our Help page. There you will find information about how to get started and how to edit a page as well as a brief manual of style to help guide you.
At some point in time, we will also need help with moderation and operation of this wiki. Moderators will be selected from a group of active users.
So, to begin with, create your account, start contributing to this community resource, and if you have any feedback or suggestions for improvement, please send these to firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Sanjay L., Program Manager – Online Support Reources, ESRI Support Services