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What Is Wiki?

What Is Wiki?

Wiki is a website that allows the creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages via a web browser using a simplified mark-up language. Wikis are typically powered by wiki software and are often used to create collaborative works including community websites, corporate intranets, knowledge management systems and note services.

howard g ward Cunningham

Howard G. “Ward” Cunningham (born May 26, 1949) is an American computer programmer who developed the first wiki software, came across the word ‘wiki’ while on honeymoon in Hawaii. The word means ‘quick’.

A pioneer in both design patterns and extreme programming, he started programming the software WikiWikiWeb in 1994 and installed it on the website of his software consultancy, Cunningham & Cunningham (commonly known by its domain name,, on March 25, 1995, as an add-on to the Portland Pattern Repository.

He is one of the 17 original signatories of the Agile Manifesto. He currently lives in Beaverton, Oregon, and is a programmer at New Relic. Previously he was the Co-Creation Czar for CitizenGlobal. He is Nike’s first Code for a Better World Fellow. He has authored a book about wikis, titled The Wiki Way, and also invented Framework for Integrated Tests.

He was a keynote speaker at the first three instances of the WikiSym conference series on wiki research and practice as well as a keynote speaker at the Wikimedia Developer Summit 2017.

The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual, educational content, and to providing the full content of these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge. The Wikimedia Foundation operates some of the largest collaboratively edited reference projects in the world, including Wikipedia, a top-ten internet property.

Content for this question contributed by Matthew Pearce, resident of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, USA