Blogs” and “Wikis” Are Valuable Software Tools for Communication Within Research Groups

Authors

  • Igor M. Sauer,

    1. General, Visceral and Transplantation Surgery, Experimental Surgery and Regenerative Medicine, Charité—Campus Virchow, University Medicine Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
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  • Dominik Bialek,

    1. General, Visceral and Transplantation Surgery, Experimental Surgery and Regenerative Medicine, Charité—Campus Virchow, University Medicine Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
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  • Ekaterina Efimova,

    1. General, Visceral and Transplantation Surgery, Experimental Surgery and Regenerative Medicine, Charité—Campus Virchow, University Medicine Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
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  • Ruth Schwartlander,

    1. General, Visceral and Transplantation Surgery, Experimental Surgery and Regenerative Medicine, Charité—Campus Virchow, University Medicine Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
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  • Gesine Pless,

    1. General, Visceral and Transplantation Surgery, Experimental Surgery and Regenerative Medicine, Charité—Campus Virchow, University Medicine Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
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  • Peter Neuhaus

    1. General, Visceral and Transplantation Surgery, Experimental Surgery and Regenerative Medicine, Charité—Campus Virchow, University Medicine Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
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Dr. Igor M. Sauer, Visceral and Transplantation Surgery, Experimental Surgery and Regenerative Medicine, Charité—Campus Virchow, University Medicine Berlin, Augustenburger Platz 1, 13353 Berlin, Germany. E-mail: igor.sauer@charite.de

Abstract

Abstract:  Appropriate software tools may improve communication and ease access to knowledge for research groups. A weblog is a website which contains periodic, chronologically ordered posts on a common webpage, whereas a wiki is hypertext-based collaborative software that enables documents to be authored collectively using a web browser. Although not primarily intended for use as an intranet-based collaborative knowledge warehouse, both blogs and wikis have the potential to offer all the features of complex and expensive IT solutions. These tools enable the team members to share knowledge simply and quickly—the collective knowledge base of  the group can be efficiently managed and navigated.

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