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The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of strengths and weaknesses of wikis as a tool for collaboration. First authors introduce the concept of wikis. Next authors provide a brief overview of technical characteristics of wikis. They compare wikis to other collaboration tools paying particular attention to points characteristic in wikis. Authors further provide the historical and social context of the emergence of wikis. Having drawn this picture of wikis and their context they deduce scenarios in which the application of wikis is particularly appropriate or respectively inappropriate. In conclusion it can be said that while wikis are a powerful concept they leave many questions open.
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