I run a user facility that houses a variety of scientific equipment and i want to start a wiki for documentation & tutorials. Looking for open-source wiki software and your tips for starting a wiki. (Or if you're a scientist and you've ever used a facility like this, what kinds of things you'd like to see in your FacilityWiki!) Details inside...
I'm in charge of a user facility which manages & maintains a variety of scientific equipment that is used mainly by graduate students (& a few undergrads & faculty). I'd like to start a facility wiki to house the following types of information:
1. Instrument details, accessories and links to hardware & software manuals.
2. General tutorials for equipment use and experiment customization.
3. More specific tutorials for complicated experiments.
4. Data processing tips and tricks.
Looking at other facilities similar to ours, most of the tutorials seem to be in PDF format that is somewhat difficult to sift through. (Not to mention the manuals are, well, manuals.) We'll be housing the wiki on our own server. I don't have a lot of specific requirements for the software other than it be free or cheap. It doesn't have to be science-specific ala OpenWetWare.
(Which is powered by MediaWiki
, which right looks the most promising to me) I started a wiki for my old research lab using PBWiki, but I don't think I'll need the password protection and hosting that PBWiki provided.
Any other tips/tricks before I dive into this? I will probably be the major contributor to start, but I may give editing access to senior grad students or faculty in the future.