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RikiTikiWiki© for Windows™
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RikiTikiWiki© is a desktop wiki, an information sharing tool for collecting and organizing shared knowledge into a hyper-linked, searchable database.


What is a wiki?

Shortened from the Hawaiian word for quickly (wikiwiki), wiki has also been described by the "backronym" What I Know Is.

Wiki software provides a framework for organizing a freely expandable collection of hyperlinked pages. Documents are authored collectively using a simple markup scheme. The resulting collaborative hypertext document, called a wiki, is produced by a community of users.

The original WikiWikiWeb was established in 1995 by Ward Cunningham, who invented and named the Wiki concept and produced the first implementation of a WikiWiki server.

RikiTikiWiki© is based on Notebook, a desktop wiki written by Will Duquette.


Practical application

The implementation of a hospital pharmacy department wiki was described in a paper presented by Rick Tharp at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting December 2006:

An article written by Rick also appeared in the trade publication Pharmacy Purchasing and products:

One problem with the tools traditionally used to distribute information is their volatility. A note written on a white board is here today and erased tomorrow. Sticky notes become unstuck and swept into the trash. Memos and e-mails are read, discarded, and often forgotten.

A wiki is a simple, yet powerful, tool for distribution of information which also provides a readily available and retrievable knowledge base.

The information to be included in a pharmacy wiki is limited only by one's grasp of the wiki concept. Examples of wiki content are:

  • Formulary information
    • Automatic substitutions
    • Restricted drug list
  • Pyxis tips and troubleshooting
  • Pharmacy Infomation System tips and troubleshooting
  • Clinical pearls
  • Links to external web sites and web-based documents
  • Links to intranet documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF), such as:
    • Forms
    • Policies and Procedures


Features of RikiTikiWiki©

  • Automatically indexes new pages, permitting a powerful global search function.
  • Tracks page edits (who and when), and provides the ability to roll back changes.
  • Uses Creole wiki markup. Creole is derived from extensive research into the ease-of-use and functionality of wiki markup.
  • "What's New" automatic log page.
  • Full feature text editor, supports search and replace
  • Supports images and tables.
  • Extensive online help.
  • Starter topics includes.


System requirements for RikiTikiWiki©

All 32- and 64-bit Windows OS:

  • 95, 98, Me, NT 4, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 10

Hardware

  • 128 MB of RAM
  • 10 MB of available hard disk space


View RikiTikiWiki© screens

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Home page

Home page

Sandbox

Sand box

Editor

Editor

What's New

Whats New


RikiTikiWiki© Version history

  • Version 1.1.5 - Revision date: November 1, 2013
    • Added Unicode character support.
  • Version 1.1.4 - Revision date: December 23, 2012
    • Improved web page and document linking.
    • Fixed 'file not found' error.
  • Version 1.1.3 - Revision date: October 31, 2011
    • Added 'Up to parent' navigation button.
  • Version 1.1.2 - Revision date: August 24, 2011
    • Added exact phrase search function: "enclose it in quotes".
  • Version 1.1.1 - Release date: January 26, 2011
    • Original release

Download RikiTikiWiki© for Windows

RikiTikiWiki© is free for educational, non-commercial use.

Download:

Usage:

  1. Install the program into a shared folder on the network.
  2. Give all staff full read/write privileges to the shared folder.
  3. Encourage all staff to embrace "the wiki way".


Donate to support further development of RikiTikiWiki© for Windows

RikiTikiWiki© is free for educational, non-commercial use.

We do however ask for a small donation if you find the software useful in your practice. This is the only way we know whether to continue further development of this software.


References

  1. Cunningham, Ward, and Leuf, Bo. The Wiki Way: Quick Collaboration on the Web. Upper Saddle River, NJ. Addison-Wesley. 2001. Link
  2. Sauer, IM, Bialek, Dominik, et al. "Blogs and Wikis are Valuable Software Tools for Communication within Research Groups. Artificial Organs 29(1) 2005, pp 82-83. Link
  3. Boulos MN, Maramba I, Wheeler S. "Wikis, blogs and podcasts: a new generation of Web-based tools for virtual collaborative clinical practice and education." BMC Med Educ. 2006 Aug 15;6:41 Link
  4. Delie, Michelle. "The Enterprise Blogosphere". Info World 28 Mar 2005. Link
  5. Goodnoe, Ezra. "Wikis Make Collaboration Easier". Information Week 29 Aug 2005. pp. 52-58. Link
  6. Hemrajani, Anil. "Working Together With Wikis". PC Magazine. 03 Aug 2005. Link
  7. Matias, Nathan "What is a Wiki" 3 Nov 2003. Link
  8. Young, Damon. "A Short Guide to Wikis". Apr 2006. Link

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