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Digital Notes Organizer – Making Your Personal Encyclopedia

How to transform your notes into an easy to use Wiki.
Instructor:
Chris Votey
16 students enrolled
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Edit pages on online wikis (Wikipedia, Wikia, etc).
Upload all your notes into one place that is linkable and searchable.
Take all information you find on the internet and consolidate it in one location.
Create your own private encyclopedia

This is a two-in-one course. The first part of this course will teach you how to put a wiki on your computer that is only accessible by you or anyone else you choose to include with the use of Dropbox. The second part of this course will teach you how to use that software, so you can take your notes and input them into MediaWiki software (the same software used by Wikipedia).

Not only will you be able to organize your notes, you’ll additionally be able to link your notes together and easily find your ideas. More importantly, you’ll be able to take resources from both online and offline and input it in your Wiki to make your own encyclopedia. Best part of all, your Wiki is truly private.

Lastly, by the end of this course, you’ll have a basic understanding on how to edit any online wiki, including Wikipedia and Wikia.

Introduction

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Introduction
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Course Overview

In this video, I do a basic explanation of the Introduction, Tool Overview, Installation, How-To, and Bonus section. In addition, a brief look and what you will accomplish by the end of this course.

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Why Should You Use This Software?

Why should you use this software? After all, the methods you've used for notes and research have worked so well for you before. In this video, I will answer why you should use this software and take this course.

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Who Am I?
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My Computer
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Bonus Points

Learning can be tedious, so I want to try to spice things up to make it more engaging.

Tools Overview

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What is XAMPP
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What is MediaWiki
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What is Dropbox

Installation

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Download & Install XAMPP

XAMPP, pronounce 'schamp', is a wonderfully powerful tool that allows us to have a server running on our computer, which is a key component for MediaWiki. The installation is simple, but I will provide you with some critical settings to edit to make the most of what you need from it.

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Creating a Database

All things on the internet is a server and a database, and in order to have wiki software on our computer, we need to configure a database first.

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Installing MediaWiki

Now we install the software that will give us our Digital Notes Organizer and Personal Encyclopedia. As simple of an installation this is, it helps to know what each portion is so you can decide the best way to make use of this.

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Integrating Dropbox

Now that we know how to setup XAMPP on our computer, now we need to integrate that with Dropbox, so we can use this on multiple computers.

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MediaWiki /w Dropbox
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Tip #1 - Backing-up Files
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Tip #2 - Multiple Computers
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Tip #3: Avoid Login Problem

How-To Use Media Wiki

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How-To Introduction
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Quick Walkthrough
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Special Pages & History
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Skins & Logo

Our wiki is a tool for our notes and encyclopedia, but who says that we have to keep things the way they look? This video shows how to change the look of your wiki.

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Basic Formatting

The vast majority of what you will do with your wiki will be featured in this lesson and the next one. Pay careful attention here, so you can properly format your information to make it more digestible for your needs.

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Headings

It's important to format your text, but it is also important to label your information, so not only can you absorb it more easily, but additionally find it faster.

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Lists
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Titles

There are rules in how we use titles, from what characters are used to what to do if we wish to change the title. More importantly, a suggestion on words that can be mean multiple things.

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Sidebar

The sidebar is a handy tool that we can customize with things we visit it most often, rather than searching for it or going to it a long way.

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Links - Internal

This is a very important video, which allows our notes and encyclopedia to be integrated, which will help build ideas.

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Links - Piped

As great as links are, they don't always fit into our text. Piped links can fix this problem to add to the immersion of our page.

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Links - External
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Links - Redirects
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Links - Category

Just like Headings, this helps organize our information by the page and group them together. This can help us with organization and even backing up.

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Images

Who likes just text and nothing else? Certainly not me. A picture can help break up the monotony of our page.

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Backing Up and Adding Articles

While I've discussed backing up our wiki in a previous video, this is about backing up the pages themselves. This is very good to do, but the method we use for backing up can actually be used to expand our pages from other wikis.

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Deleting Pages
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Citation
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Toolbar
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Final Exam
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Graduation

Extra Content

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Introduction to Extensions

The bonus section to this course may well go over a lot of things, for now will primarily focus on Extensions. This video will go over how to install extensions.

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Extension: LinkTitles

If there was one extension greater than any other, it would be this. This extension can automatically link your articles with other articles, saving you lots of work.

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Extension: Replace Text

As you evolve in your usage of this wiki, you will no doubt have articles that reflect your early usage versus your later usage, and may want to edit those pages towards your new style. The next two videos will help you do just that.

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Extension: Mass Editing
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Extension: Category Suggest

As useful as categories are, it is too easy to forget to do them. This Extension makes it easier to use them.

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Extension: Lingo

There is a lot to this Extension, and while it may be simple, it's usage may well surprise you.

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Extension: Embed Video

There are many Extensions included with MediaWiki, with this being one of them. This allows you to take videos from all the major video sites and post them within your pages.

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Extension: Delete Batch
You can view and review the lecture materials indefinitely, like an on-demand channel.
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