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What is the wiki?

Welcome to the University of York's Wiki service. A wiki is a collection of pages that everyone can edit. You can use a wiki to create documentation, develop content or share notes. The Wiki is centrally managed by IT Services and is a live service, which means regular backups are taken and the service will remain online unless otherwise notified.

Any member of staff can login to the Wiki at and any member of staff can create a Space, which is like a folder for pages. Before you do, you can check the list of existing Spaces by clicking the Dashboard link and checking the list on the left hand side. A new Space is a blank piece of paper, and the Wiki doesn't impose any structure on how you organise information - you can put everything on one page, or you can organise your information into lots of separate pages.

One of the great features of a wiki is that it's quick to add and change content, so if you have any idea or need to note something down, you can just go into your Space, click Add Page, and jot down some notes.  Wikis are usually informal, so your pages don't need to be tidy all the time, and the structure of wikis tend to evolve rather than being designed from the beginning.  Each version of a wiki page is stored, so you always go back to check or restore a previous version.

Getting started

For guidance on how to start creating and adding wiki pages, see:

Hints & Tips

Some additional suggestions on how you might make your wiki pages look more interesting:

Where to find help or support

Finding your way around

  • Click on Save for later to add a page to your list of favourites. To see your 'Saved for later' list, click on the login button at the top right.
  • You can 'watch' a page or a whole wiki space. Just click on watch to keep updated of changes. You can also add other names here if you want them to watch your space.
  • To see the available keyboard shortcuts, click on the question mark at the top right.

What to use the wiki for

 People often use wikis for:

  • intranets
  • documentation and procedures
  • knowledge base or encyclopaedia 
  • project and meeting management, including minutes and work plans
  • group collaboration on a particular subject
  • discussion using the comments feature

Some examples

Here are a couple of examples of how you might use the wiki to present information:

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