We present skWiki, a web application framework for collaborativeÃ‚Â creativity in digital multimedia projects, includingÃ‚Â text, hand-drawn sketches, and photographs. skWiki overcomesÃ‚Â common drawbacks of existing wiki software by providingÃ‚Â a rich viewer/editor Ã‚Â architecture for all media typesÃ‚Â that is integrated into the web browser itself, thus avoidingÃ‚Â dependence on client-side editors. Instead of files, skWikiÃ‚Â uses the concept of paths as trajectories of persistent stateÃ‚Â over time. This model has intrinsic support for collaborativeÃ‚Â editing, including cloning, branching, and merging pathsÃ‚Â edited by multiple contributors. We demonstrate skWikiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢sÃ‚Â utility using a qualitative, sketching-based user study.
Figure: Two parallel paths of concept sketches of a toy helicopter in skWiki. skWiki supports multiple co-existing revision histories for the sameÃ‚Â multimedia object. This is possible using paths, which track state changes over time and users to preserve complete operation history.
An overview of skWiki can be seen here: