What is the wiki?

Welcome to the York Wiki Service. A wiki is a collection of editable web pages that is built up over time by a team of people. A more detailed description of a wiki can be found on Wikipedia.

The York Wiki Service runs on the widely-used wiki platform 'Confluence' and is centrally managed by IT Services. Regular backups are taken.

The wiki service is available for any member of staff to create wiki spaces for themselves or their groups. Any member of staff can create a wiki space on behalf of a student.

You can use a wiki to create documentation, develop content or share notes. One of the great features of a wiki is that it's quick to add and change content. Wikis are often informal, and their structure can evolve rather than being designed from the beginning. Each version of a wiki page is stored, so you can always see the history of a page and restore a previous version if required.

When you create a wiki you'll need to think about who should be able to view and edit your pages: you can make them public for the whole world to read or restrict them to students, staff, or specific groups. See the Setting wiki permissions page for guidance. 

Have a browse through the Space directory (click on Spaces above) to see some existing examples of wikis.

Getting started

For an introduction on how to create a wiki and add pages, see:

Enhancing your pages

Once you've created your pages, here are some additional suggestions on how you might make your information look more appealing and easier to read:

Where to find help or support

Finding your way around

  • Click on Save for later at the top of the page to add that 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 bases
  • project and meeting management, including agendas, minutes and work plans
  • group collaboration on a particular subject
  • discussion and comments
  • personal notebooks

Some examples

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

Security and permissions