Viewing a page in MemoWiki
MemoWiki is a simple Wiki » intended for personal documentation,
research, and small-scale collaboration. It allows the viewing,
editing, and maintenance of a collection of pages using just a web
browser, as shown in the image on the right. To make it easy to
support research, MemoWiki integrates its pages with academic references
and data items (which can be edited just as easily as Wiki pages)
and other files (such as papers, programs, and images).
Here’s an introduction and a list of the main features:
Currently MemoWiki runs on Linux or Windows, using the GoServe web
server; however, operating system and GoServe dependencies are localized
so it should be easy to port it to a different platform or server.
Some functions are only available on one or other platform, and recent
additions have not been tested on Linux.
MemoWiki comprises a web server (a Linux or Windows version of GoServe)
and a collection of Rexx programs which effect the various actions
that the client can ask for (view a page, edit a page, show the page
history, etc.). Please note that these programs are only available
within IBM at present – sorry.
The server can be started manually or on system startup. Here are the detailed installation instructions. Once MemoWiki is installed
and the server has been started, you can immediately start working
Working with a topic
Working with a topic
Topics can be creating simply by clicking on the ‘Add Topic’ button
on the Topics page and then supplying a name for the new topic.
Within each topic (a directory within the MemoWiki data/server structure),
there are four collections of files (subdirectories) which hold data:
The page with the same name as the topic is the ‘home page’ for the
topic, and you can edit this immediately you have created a topic.
The simplest way to create another new page is to make a link to
it in the home page (or any other page) and then click on the link.
To link to a Wiki page from another page, use the notation
[page name]. If you want different text to appear than
the page name, this can be placed in the link, following a vertical
bar. For example, the links: [sample page] and [sample
page|a test page] appear thus: sample page
and a test page.
You can also create a page by clicking on the ‘more...’ button
and then on ‘Add or View page’. (To delete a wiki page, edit the
page and delete all content.)
Data values from data items can be loaded (using the mtr keyword
on the link) and then used in the Wiki page using entity references.
In the Picos de Europa
To add (upload) a file to a topic, or to replace one, use ‘Add or
replace a File’ on the actions (more...) page. To delete a
file, replace it with an empty (length=0) file.
To link to a general file from a Wiki page, use, for example, [smith1998-spikes-paper.pdf],
or [subdir/commentary.txt]. The image above is included
in this page using the link: [Cow.jpg|In the Picos de Europa|image
width=200 height=151]; in this link the vertical bars separate
a caption and some parameters (the width and height parameters are
optional – see the Links page for details).
Links are resolved in the above order so (for example) a Wiki page
called ‘smith1998’ would take precedence over a reference of
the same name. A link can be set up to specify a GPS location,
Δ, which links to Google Maps. Here is
a full description of MemoWiki Links.
Whenever a Wiki page, Reference, or Data item is edited or deleted,
a dated copy of the page is archived in an archive directory within
the topic directory; you can view the archived copies, revert the
current page to an earlier version, or delete archived copies using
the History page.
Other facilities let you look at various lists of pages, including
a list of recently edited pages and build
or browse a static snapshot of a topic (which
can be published to a web server), among other things.
On any page, click on the ‘more...’ button for a complete list
of available actions.
Here is a list of Help pages, and some information
about multiple-user support.
 An active MemoWiki page will have four or more buttons
(or a small link ‘more...’) at top right. If the page you
are looking at has only one (‘Home’) then you are probably
viewing a static snapshot of a MemoWiki topic, which can only be
viewed and not edited.
 A MemoWiki documentation snapshot can be found at