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Columbia Wikischolars | Collaborative Web sites for faculty, researchers, and scholars
Please note that Wikischolars is a pilot service. Check this page and the CDRS site for future updates.
is an online collaboration service for Columbia University researchers and scholars. Columbia researchers, instructors, and graduate students can request a Wikischolars wiki site. A
is a Web site that is easy to create, update, and revise without having to know any programming language. Wikis facilitate collaboration by allowing multiple organizers and members.
Columbia University faculty members, researchers, and graduate students use Wikischolars to support collaborative research and scholarship projects with colleagues both on and off the Columbia University campus
Wiki organizers can then invite colleagues to become members of the wiki and collectively use the site to
Create web pages
Discuss research or teaching topics
Share files up to a size limit of 100MB
Embed resources from elsewhere online, like Google Drive and YouTube
Your Wikischolars wiki is a secure space to which you control access. A site can be customized to permit varying levels of user permissions. The wiki can be made public or can be restricted to members. Scholars without a Columbia affiliation can be invited to be members of a Wikischolars wiki.
For more information about the Wikischolars service, please email
What is the difference between Wikischolars and
service is restricted to Columbia UNI holders and is primarily used for courses at Columbia. (In fact, each course automatically has a CTL Wikispaces site, which can be
activated by the instructor
). The Wikischolars service can be used by Columbia faculty, staff and graduate students as well, but can also be made available to non-Columbia affiliates. Researchers, scholars, and instructors may use either service depending on the audience that should have access to the site.
Why is there a size limit on files I can upload to my wiki?
This service is meant primarily for creating web pages to facilitate research collaboration--not for storing or preserving files. If you need space for storing and sharing files, contact the IT support person designated for your department or group to find out your options. If you are a Columbia faculty member and would like to explore options for preserving your finalized digital research content, please visit the site of
, Columbia's research repository, or contact the an Academic Commons representative at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I use my wiki to share confidential or sensitive research data, or work produced from a course?
Columbia Wikischolars wikis are hosted by a private company www.wikispaces.com, owned by Tangient, LLC. All researchers who request and use a Wikischolars wiki are responsible for adhering to all official Columbia University guidelines regarding research data. Users who intend to release student information of any kind within their wikis will need explicit, written permission from the student(s) to do so. Please see the
Policy on Access to Student Records (FERPA)
Office of Research Compliance and Training
Institutional Review Board
Handling Personally Identifiable Information
Obligations and Responsibilities of Officers of Instruction and Research
, and related sites for more information.
How can I learn more about Wikischolars?
Please direct questions to
, which reaches a team of wiki administrators at the
Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS)
Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).
The CTL holds
at the beginning of each semester covering the use of Wikispaces and Wikischolars for course use. To learn more about workshops offered by the CTL visit
Wikischolars and Wikispaces are sponsored by the
Center for Digital Research and Scholarship
(CDRS) and the
Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning
(CTL). For more information on CDRS services and projects, please email
. For more information about the CTL's services and projects email
Columbia Wikischolars and Columbia Wikispaces are hosted at www.wikispaces.com, owned by Tangient, LLC.
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