I was struggling to explain to a colleague a little while back about how wikis could be a fantastic way to streamline the process of creating and revising documents in our workplace. How I wish I had known then about this brilliant little infographic:
(Click to see at fullsize. Found via this blog – not sure what language it’s in… German? Dutch?)
What this captures perfectly for me is how wikis can enable version control for your content in a way that is impossible via the usual email-based methods. It’s amazing how simple it is – just by sending everyone to the document rather then sending the document around to everyone, you’ve solved the problem.
This is an issue that has been bedevilling my colleague for a long time – she’s an editor, and so needs to be reassured that she is working on the latest version of whatever it is she is editing. Because all too often, she finds out later that the version of that news release she just spent an hour cleaning up is out-of-date, and so she has to do it all over again.
Not to mention that working via wikis in an editorial setting would allow you to avoid having to deal with the cringe-inducing horror of “track changes.”