IT-Service: Wiki

Quick guide

GSI/FAIR operates multiple Wiki instances based on Foswiki. The main Wiki can be found at All persons with a valid weblogin account have access.

Read and write permissions are configured individually for every web. To gain access to certain areas you possibly have to join a group first.

Service description

The main wiki can be used to organize any kind of documentation. Information can be collected in single pages (topics), changes are saved in a history and links between topics can be created easily by using WikiWords.

Topics can be edited using a WYSIWYG or text editor. Text supports Foswiki's own markup language.

%TRANSLATE{"At the IT department the wiki is also used to track and visualize *vacation times* with the help of the [[Foswiki:/Extensions/HolidaylistPlugin][HolidaylistPlugin]]."
  de="In der IT-Abteilung wird das Wiki auch eingesetzt, um mithilfe des [[Foswiki:/Extensions/HolidaylistPlugin][HolidaylistPlugins]] *Urlaubszeiten* zu dokumentieren und übersichtlich darzustellen."}%

It is possible to create restricted webs, which can only be changed or even read by one or more groups. Groups and webs are controlled completely by the group's members.

Files can be attached to topics. This way you can embed pictures or other documents (<10MB) into your text. For file sharing and larger files we recommend our cloud storage (Seafile). Seafile download links can be embedded into wiki text as hyperlinks.

A users guide to Foswiki can be found in the Wiki.

---++ %TRANSLATE{"Unmanaged Wikis" de="Selbstverwaltete Wikis"}%

%TRANSLATE{"The IT department provides [[][Foswiki]] instances, which are managed by some other groups, e.g. the [[][CBM Wiki]] and the [[][Panda Wiki]]."
  de="Die IT-Abteilung stellt [[][Foswiki]]-Instanzen bereit, die von Gruppen selbst verwaltet werden können, etwa das [[][CBM-Wiki]] und das [[][Panda-Wiki]]."}%

  • Topic: A topic is a page in a Wiki. Its name is usually written in WikiCase to enable easy linking between topics.
  • Web: A web is a structure to organize topics and can be compared to a folder. Every web can have many sub-webs (i.e. sub-folders). Webs inherit their preferences, but they may be overwritten in their own WebPreferences topic.
  • WikiWord: Capitalized words without white space between them are used as topic titles. When used in text they are automatically linked to the corresponding topics.
  • TML: The topic markup language is a special text format used in Foswiki topics to simplify topic text.

Availability and support

  • Availability: twenty-four-seven
  • On-call duty: not covered
  • Backup: complete system and built-in version control
  • Support hours: Mo-Fr during core working hours
  • Support email: wiki-service @