The structure of WikiToLearn

WikiToLearn is a community that aims to create free, collaborative and accessible textbooks. Our philosophy can be summarised as "Knowledge only grows if shared".

Conventions[edit | edit source]

WikiToLearn makes extensive use of a hierarchy model, in order to create books which are consistent with our philosophy.

Departments[edit | edit source]

It's a collection of topics, courses and books belonging to the same area. Departments are listed on the main page.

Topics[edit | edit source]

Topics are the level underneath Departments and contain different courses related to the same subject. They are used to gather all the courses that explain the same theme, because every university and faculty could have a different approach to the subject. For example, Quantum Physics may be a topic and Quantum Mechanics for graduate students, Advanced Quantum Mechanics may be a course.

Topic example wtl.png

Courses[edit | edit source]

Courses are the most important units of WikiToLearn. Courses are collections of chapters, which gather the pages (sections). Every course has the prefix Course: followed by the course name in its URL.

Course example wtl.png

Chapters[edit | edit source]

Chapters are the lower level of a course. They gather together some sections of a book and they are displayed as headings in the main page of the course.

Chapter example wtl.png

Sections[edit | edit source]

Sections are the basic unit of an entire course. Basically, they're a single webpage with its own content.

Section example wtl.png

Namespaces[edit | edit source]

Namespaces are a mechanism for grouping pages. You can see the namespace by looking at the url: if it has a word:something_elsethen "word" is the namespace. In WikiTolearn there are two main namespaces, "User" and "Course".

User namespace[edit | edit source]

The User namespace is your personal page where you can write your own courses and content without worrying about making mistakes. You can see an example here:

http://en.wikitolearn.org/User:Grigoletti

Course namespace[edit | edit source]

A Course namespace is similar to the User one, but it has the word Course:as a prefix to the URL[1]. This namespace is used to create an entire public course.

You can see an example on How to use Linked Data!
  1. URL is an acronym for Uniform Resource Locator and is a reference (an address) to a resource on the Internet