We've gotten some feedback already -- https://github.com/SemanticMediaWiki/SemanticMediaWiki/issues/212 -- about the RC for MediaWiki 1.23 that Markus made last week. Hopefully we can get this issue addressed in time for SMW users.
Are there any other issues that people have run into that we should know about before we do attempt to make a final release of 1.23?
If you've tried the RC and not run into any problems, that would be good to know, as well.
For a current project, I have found that Auth_remoteuser can take care
of a lot of the grunt work, but I felt the need to update it a little.
I have the feeling (wrong?) that this extension is one that is used in a
lot of places but it hasn't been touched for a couple of years.
Could I get people to test out the modifications I want to contribute back?
https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/127405 -- mostly just formatting
https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/127406 -- refactoring
https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/127407 -- changing invocation
I've made some effort to keep this compatible with the previous version.
If you want to try this out as a drop-in replacement for your current
Auth_remoteuser, you can use
http://mah.everybody.org/Auth_remoteuser.php.txt -- but please report
back any problems you have.
Mark A. Hershberger
My MediaWiki reference book, "Working with MediaWiki", was first released
in November 2012; and I don't have to tell anyone on these lists that there
have been a lot of changes to MediaWiki and its extensions since then -
updated interfaces and skins, marked improvements to extensions like
VisualEditor and Scribunto, and new extensions like CirrusSearch and
Bootstrap. I'm happy to announce that I just released a "2nd printing" of
Working with MediaWiki, updated for 2014. It has an updated cover (now with
a matte finish, if you get the physical book!), and lots of updated text
and images - about 25% of the pages have had some sort of change.
To read more about "Working with MediaWiki", and to see options for buying
it, whether as a printed book, an e-book, or a PDF file, you can go here:
WikiWorks · MediaWiki Consulting · http://wikiworks.com
Semantic MediaWiki Conference (SMWCon) Spring 2014: 2nd call
Dear semantic wiki users and developers,
Save the dates! SMWCon Spring 2014 will be held at Concordia University
this year in the vibrant and culturally-fascinating city of Montréal,
from May 21-23. We are inviting you to submit your contributions to
assemble the conference program. Registration is now open, with early
bird rates applicable until April 30th.
This twice-yearly conference brings together researchers, users,
developers and enthusiasts of Semantic MediaWiki and related projects,
such as Wikidata. Semantic MediaWiki is a family of extensions to the
open-source wiki software MediaWiki (best known for powering Wikipedia)
that allow a wiki to store structured data in addition to textual
content, thereby, turning a wiki into a flexible, collaborative
Keynote Speaker and Invited Talks
Markus Krötzsch is our keynote speaker, with the provocative talk
"Wikidata and what it means for SMW."
We will have additional invited talks discussing advanced uses of
Semantic Forms, aspects of semantic wikis in healthcare and science
settings, as well as using SMW for Open Data.
Call for Contributions
Attendees, talks and tutorials are shaping up. Tutorials have been
proposed around setting up and supporting semantic wikis, bootstrapping
wikis with structures, ontologies and vocabularies, and using natural
language processing (NLP) systems with wikis.
As we are putting together themes and speakers of the upcoming
conference, we welcome new contributions from you on the applications
and development of semantic wikis (for a list of topics, see below). You
can propose your contributions on the conference website in form of
regular talks, posters or super-short lightning talks. All submitted
proposals will be reviewed and we will do our best to consider your
proposal in the conference program. If you've already announced your
talk it's now time to expand its description.
More tutorials (particularly around Semantic Mediawiki basics) and talks
are very welcome to cover the breadth of Semantic MediaWiki applications
and users. Please aim to submit your talk or tutorial proposal by May 7,
to allow us preparing a first version of the conference program. If you
need help setting up either, please contact the program chair at vid at
Please note that all tutorials and presentations will be video and audio
recorded and made available for others after the conference.
Submission Deadline: May 7 (please contact the program chair if you need
to submit later)
Event Dates: May 21st to 23rd 2014 (Wednesday to Friday)
Location: Concordia University, Montréal, Canada
Conference wiki page: http://semantic-mediawiki.org/wiki/SMWCon_Spring_2014
Participants: Everybody interested in semantic wikis, especially in
Semantic MediaWiki, e.g. users, developers, consultants, business
representatives and researchers.
List of Topics
Here are some suggested starting points:
* Applications in science
* Applications in business
* Other applications such as culture and personal wikis
* Open data and government-supported repositories
Concepts and development
* Evolving semantic wikis into Linked Data platforms
* Text Mining and Natural Language Processing for Semantic Wikis
* Interoperability and mashups
* Community building, feature wishlists and Semantic MediaWiki's roadmap
* Improving user experience
* Helping new and experienced users contribute
* Modelling complex domains
* Access control and security aspects
* Multi-lingual and cross-lingual sites
René Witte [General Chair]
David Mason [Program Chair]
Bahar Sateli [Local Chair]
Concordia University, Montréal, Canada
Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, Concordia University,
Registration is now open at  with early bird pricing until April 30
for SMWCon May 21 - 23 in Montreal .
We hope to see you at SMWCon in Montreal!
This announcement is also available at