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New users group to focus on Confluence wiki software

Dan Leaird
Dan Leaird, research engineer, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Easy collaboration has always been an essential characteristic of Purdue’s Web-based wiki software, Confluence. With the formation of the new Purdue Confluence Users Group (PCUG), collaboration for faculty, staff and students who use or are interested in the wiki tool should get even easier.

PCUG, which will stage its first meeting 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4 at Stewart Center, Room 314, gives campus wiki users a formal place to learn, share and ask questions about how Confluence can be leveraged at Purdue. The first meeting will include a demonstration of the wiki software, a presentation on a possible upgrade to Confluence 5.2.5, and an opportunity for attendees to voice their wiki needs.

Those interested in attending are encouraged to register for a seat through the ITaP training calendar. Those who can’t attend in person can still participate virtually by logging in to the online meeting ro­om at the start of the event. Additional meeting details and PCUG resources will be posted on the group’s wiki.

Confluence user Dan Leaird, a research engineer in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, relies on the wiki tool to serve as a secure resource for the rotating cast of graduate students who work in his laboratory each semester. In addition to information on experiment setups and safety, Leaird has found his wiki space is also a convenient access point for research data and lab scheduling.

“I always refer new students to the wiki. It really is my institutional memory,” Leaird says. “This new users group gives people on campus the chance to share ideas and see what others are doing with Confluence. There are always things that could work better with any software, and hearing what other wiki users have to say is one of the best ways to find out.”

Amy Mueller
Amy Mueller, clinical assistant professor, Department of Computer Graphics Technology

Amy Mueller, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Computer Graphics Technology, helps manage a wiki containing project-specific instructions for product lifecycle management applications.

“Before we created the wiki, our group really struggled to capture the knowledge of graduate students before they moved on,” Mueller says. “I’m excited about this new users group because we have lots of ideas for wiki improvements – and questions, too.”

An upgrade to Confluence completed last spring restored the option for wiki owners to open Purdue wikis to the public. A public wiki can be beneficial to collaborative projects that involve other campuses or nonacademic experts. The upgrade also included an improved text editor, additional page layout options and social media features.

For more information on PCUG, contact ITaP educational technologist Brett Creech.

Writer: Jonathan Hines, technology writer, ITaP, 765-496-7998, hines18@purdue.edu

Sources: Amy Mueller, clinical assistant professor, Department of Computer Graphics Technology, amueller@purdue.edu

Dan Leaird, research engineer, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 765-494-3370, leaird@purdue.edu

Brett Creech, educational technologist, ITaP, brettcreech@purdue.edu

Last updated: Oct. 15, 2013