We present skWiki, a web application framework for collaborativeÂ creativity in digital multimedia projects, includingÂ text, hand-drawn sketches, and photographs. skWiki overcomesÂ common drawbacks of existing wiki software by providingÂ a rich viewer/editor Â architecture for all media typesÂ that is integrated into the web browser itself, thus avoidingÂ dependence on client-side editors. Instead of files, skWikiÂ uses the concept of paths as trajectories of persistent stateÂ over time. This model has intrinsic support for collaborativeÂ editing, including cloning, branching, and merging pathsÂ edited by multiple contributors. We demonstrate skWikiâ€™sÂ 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 sameÂ 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: