The ability to freely share and obtain information is important. The internet is the most viable way to share data. Because of this reason, wikis exist. Wikis are knowledge bases (using internal link structures) that can be easily edited online, not only by their creators but by (generally) every individual that wants to collaborate.

Figure: XWiki logo

However, as creating a wiki from scratch can be difficult, XWiki exists. XWiki is a piece of software that can be used to easily create and maintain wikis. In other words, XWiki can be seen as a Content Management System for all kinds of knowledge bases.

The main benefits of XWiki include

  • Its flexibility and ease of page creation
  • To allow for information sharing
  • Help with project management
  • Easy communication
  • And much more

XWiki is the toolkit for the web!


Raoul Kalisvaart

I am a motivated and dedicated MSc student Computer Science, specializing in Artificial Intelligence. I am driven by the idea of creating software solutions that have a large impact on a large number of people.

Gwennan Smitskamp

Computer Science master student. Focus on MultiMedia Computing with an interest in Human-Computer Interaction.

Fianne Stoel

First year Computer Science master student. Mostly following courses the Algorithmics group.

Job Kanis

First year Computer Science master student. Focussed on Programming Language Development and interested in Software Engineering.

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