Original Wiki Platform

The wiki has helped fundamentally transformed how we think of knowledge.

Ask a teenager a question, and one of the first they do is to go to Wikipedia. From there, they will follow their search patterns to other sources. They hold much of the world's knowledge in a device that fits in their back pocket.

This access to knowledge has had a profound impact on our opportunity to we learn. Previously, knowledge was stored away in large libraries, often in distant places, accessible by relatively few.

But even more profoundly important is how this knowledge is created. By being community-sourced, it was no longer dependent on a relatively small group of academic authorities, enable a much broader capture of human knowledge.

The original wiki platform, created by Ward Cunningham, allowed this community authoring to happen. And this wiki platform, in multiple variants, is now used by companies and communities in thousands of deployments around the world as repositories of knowledge.

But the original wiki, called the WikiWikiWeb, did not set out to be a knowledge base. Instead, Ward sought to develop a way for software programmers to share new ideas and programming practices that utilizes the concept of Pattern Languages. The platform empowered the movement that was to become Agile.