Websites have the disadvantage of being relatively hard to update. When a user searches for a product or article he finds out-of-date specifications, prices and information; as well as, products that are not longer available or have changed. Usually the main cause is the bottle-neck produced when one single person is responsible for updating all the content. In a collaborative wiki environment, those responsible for the information can easily edit and add their own content, thus providing an updated website with all the necessary information.

GLIFOS - wiki sites uses the MediaWiki platform to implement a cross-platform, content-driven website with up-to-date and transparent information, user collaboration, multiple editors, namespaces, revisions and history.

Up-to-date and transparent information

  1. Those responsible for the information can add and edit the content.
  2. There is a group of users in charge of revising and authorizing that the content can be published.
  3. A detailed history can record and view what changes were implemented, by whom and the time and date of publication.
  4. The ability to reverse to the contents of any previous version.

Funcionality

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  • Content can be edited collaboratively. Each department or unit can add the data and the items required. Thus, those responsible for the information can directly edit the content that can be later revised and published.
  • It stores a history with all changes made to the content. Each one describes in detail what was changed, by whom and the date and time of modification. This log gives transparency to the portal to keep a detailed history of all changes.
  • All content and files that are published on the server can be reverted to earlier versions. The history keeps track of who uploaded the file or changed it, the time and date and additional comments.
  • A revision control is provided. Thus, when a change in content is made, it is not published until a user (with permission for publication) reviews and accepts the contents.
  • Spaces can be created within which only users with permissions can edit and revise the content.
  • Reports can be generated of which pages have not been updated or have not been authorized for publication within certain amount of days.
  • Content can be organized into categories, subcategories and further divisions. Thus, an article can be identified by the department to which it belongs, by the type of article it is, or the subject.
  • Allows hierarchical navigation of content. An article can be accessed by category, then in more detail, through its subcategory.
  • The hierarchical navigation interface is generated on the fly, and reflects most recent structure.
  • Allows full-text searches of all the content.
  • Templates can be added to define standard information. Therefore, all the information has a consistent look throughout the website. The templates may contain information, links to other pages, and image collections.
  • Skins are used to define the look and feel throughout the website. These allow the content to have a consistent design and enable the use of dynamic content, e.g., the use of advertising.
  • Wide compatibility: Windows + IE, FireFox + Windows, + Mac Safari, Mac + FireFox.