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WIKI by Alan J. Porter

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1.7. Remembering the Alamo

My wife works for the Travis County local government here in central Texas, and one of the highlights of her job is helping to organize the county’s annual History Day. Last year marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of William B. Travis, one of the heroes of the Alamo and the man Travis County was named for. When she told me about the organizational task her team had ahead of it, I suggested that they consider using a wiki to pull all the various aspects of the History Day planning together.

Unfortunately, the response from the county’s IT group and others on the team was that they didn’t need an online encyclopedia. They had equated the word wiki with its most famous and obvious example – Wikipedia.

Wikipedia is, ...

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