Daniel Abawi is a graduate of the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany, where he majored in Business Administration and Computer Science. He has been a Scientific Assistant at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and at the Department of Computer Science at the J. W. Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, since 2001. Currently he is involved as a researcher in the overall e-learning project of the J. W. Goethe-University.Silvan Reinhold is a graduate from the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany, majoring in Business Administration and Computer Science. He has been a Scientific Assistant at the Dept. of Computer Graphics at the J. W. Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, since 2002. His current involvement with projects in the context of the University's e-learning strategy allows him to collaborate and interact in a very multidisciplinary field, as well as to focus his research on collaboration and integration of Wiki systems in educational settings.
Wiki Systems are currently used in many fields, and in a variety of
different application contexts. These include documentation, reporting,
project management, online glossaries and dictionaries, discussion
groups, or general information systems. To a large extent, their
wide-spread acceptance is due to their simplicity and collaborative
nature, allowing easy, article-centric work on hypertextual content in
workgroups, as well as to the fact that they have proven suitable even
in more specialized application environments. Specific environments have
specialized needs, however, that may pose additional requirements
outside of the scope of the general-purpose nature of the default Wiki
implementations. Our project addresses the question of how content
structure, interaction, and navigation in a Wiki system can be adapted
and improved, in order to better suit the requirements of environments
where the node-centric hypertext paradigm alone may no longer suffice.