Distributed wikis: a survey

Alan Davoust, Hala Skaf-Molli, Pascal Molli, Babak Esfandiari, Khaled Aslan

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‘Distributed wiki’ is a generic term covering various systems, including ‘peer-to-peer wiki’, ‘mobile wiki’,‘offline wiki’, ‘federated wiki’ and others. Distributed wikis distribute their pages among the sites ofautonomous participants to address various motivations, including high availability of data, new collabo-ration models and different viewpoints of subjects. Although existing systems share some common basicconcepts, it is often difficult to understand the specificity of each one, the underlying complexities or the bestcontext in which to use it. In this paper, we define, classify and characterize distributed wikis. We identifythree classes of distributed wiki systems, each using a different collaboration model and distribution schemefor its pages: highly available wikis, decentralized social wikis and federated wikis. We classify existingdistributed wikis according to these classes. We detail their underlying complexities and social and technicalmotivations. We also highlight some directions for research and opportunities for new systems with originalsocial and technical motivations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2751-2777
Number of pages27
JournalConcurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2015


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