What is a Wiki?

A Wiki site is a collection of Wiki pages. The main aim of a Wiki site is to make it easy for anyone to contribute and share information. If the information you want is not listed here, check the OSSWatchWikiFAQ.

Logging in for the first time

When you first use this Wiki, you should create an account which will give you a username and password. You can do this as follows:

You may be wondering why OSS Watch requires you to create an account prior to adding or editing the wiki. WhyRegister

Logging in the next time

If you are a known user, you can log in as follows:

Logging out

You can log out as follows:

Now to the exciting stuff: creating/editing Wiki pages

It is easy to create a new Wiki page or edit an existing one (but see below about the licence you are contributing your content under):

Instead of creating your own page in order to pactice, you could visit the WikiSandBox; this is a page where you can do experiments.

Licensing your content contributions to the OSS Watch wiki

Any time you are about to make a change to an OSS Wiki page you are instructed that

By hitting Save Changes you put your changes under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 England & Wales  Licence. If you don't want that, hit Cancel to cancel your changes.

Collaborative content creation in wikis assumes that you are either the copyright holder of the content you are contributing or you have permission from the copyright holder (e.g. your employer) to make such content contributions. You are not assigning your copyright over to the University of Oxford. Rather, you are licensing your content under a licence which facilitates the redistribution of that content as part of a similarly licensed collective work - the wiki page. The Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 2.0 England & Wales Licence by which you have contributed your content ensures that your specific contribution to that page can be traced backed and acknowledged. By clicking the info link on any page, you can discover the Revision History of that page and thus the acknowledgement of the individual contributors. Although the page as a whole is copyright University of Oxford, this does not affect the copyright on the individual contributions to it. Rather like the copyright on a collection of essays or short stories.

Although Creative Commons licences are not open source licences and are therefore very rarely used for source code, they share many similarities and have their roots in a shared desire for openness and freedom of content. For more information on Creative Commons licences see http://www.oss-watch.ac.uk/resources/cclicensing.xml

Pointers to some information about Wikis

This wiki uses some software called MoinMoin. To learn more about what a WikiWikiWeb is, read about WhyWikiWorks and the WikiNature. Also, consult the WikiWikiWebFaq.

OSSWatchWiki: GettingStartedWithTheWiki (last edited 2013-04-15 13:56:14 by localhost)

Creative Commons License
The content of this wiki is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 England & Wales Licence.

OSS Watch is funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and is situated within the Research Technologies Service (RTS) of the University of Oxford.