[Web4lib] Wikis, access control, calendars

Keith D. Engwall kengwall at catawba.edu
Tue Aug 8 14:29:30 EDT 2006

Some have requested I post a summary of responses to the list, so bon appetit!

1) Wikis:

MediaWiki had the most recommendations.  I installed MediaWiki, and got it up and running without too much trouble.  The notion of creating a new page by creating a link to the new page really threw me for a loop initially, but once I got past that, it's been rather nice to use.  In just two days, I've added enough content to see *great* potential for its use in the library.

The following Wikis were also recommended:
MoinMoin (requires some work to make it pretty)
Instiki (uses Ruby)
Confluence ($$$ but apparently worth it)

2) Access Control:
Deny all / Allow <subnet> (set up in web server)

3) Calendar:
Not too much on this front. Actually, pickings are relatively slim for a locally hosted web-based calendar, so it seems.  I checked out a few, including WebCalendar (http://www.k5n.us/webcalendar.php) and Plans (http://www.planscalendar.com).  They were fairly similar.  I will probably test-drive them both.

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Sent: Monday, August 07, 2006 3:04 PM
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Cc: Engwall, Keith D
Subject: [Web4lib] Wikis, access control, calendars

Dear Web4lib,
After the wonderful Technology Summit in Charlotte last Thursday, I've gotten the go ahead to create an internal Wiki at our library.
1) Can anyone recommend an in-house wiki that is particularly user friendly (and pretty)?  I've looked at a few, but would appreciate hearing from anyone who's actually implemented one.
2) For access control (internal Wiki), how are people handling this?
I'm thinking limiting access in the apache config to a particular subnet, but that may require some wrangling with IT to get our staff machines on their own subnet.
3) One of the things I'd like to provide is a calendar for people to use to post their schedules, vacations, etc.  This is probably a separate piece, but can anyone recommend an in-house product for this?
Keith Engwall
Head of Library Systems and Technology
Catawba College
Salisbury, NC
kengwall at catawba.edu
"For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled." - Richard P. Feynman

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