This is really news from a week ago, but there's a new version out of the
Semantic Bundle, that now includes the latest stable version of Semantic
MediaWiki, 1.9.2, as well as updated versions of most of its other
extensions. It took a little while to "iron all the kinks out", as well as
to make sure that the package fully works for people across different
systems, but now everything seems to be fine.
About Semantic Bundle: it's a package of over 25 extensions and libraries,
that includes SMW and extensions that are typically used in conjunction
You can read more about SB, and download it, here:
Another employee at my work posed an interesting question to me today that I
didn't know the answer to. He asked, are there any other companies in regulated
industries that make use of Mediawiki. I told him I'd ask here because I didn't
To provide a little bit of context for the question: we are currently developing
an extension that allows us to do risk assessments and software validation for
compliance with the FDA's CFR 21 Part 11. We are using Mediawiki as the basis
for this because we already use it for our knowledge base and because this means
that we can take advantage of the history tracking functionality of Mediawiki
allowing us to see who changed what when, something that is reasonably
We also are making use of Mediawiki to allow electronic access our SOPs for most
of the laboratory, this is controlled through the Pending Changes extension
combined with page protection to ensure that changes can only be made by a few
select people and that they get reviewed before going live.
I myself am also curious whether or not any other businesses make use of
Mediawiki in similar ways or in similar enviornments.
Semantic MediaWiki Conference (SMWCon) Spring 2014: Call for Participation
and final call for contributions
The Semantic MediaWiki Conference (SMWCon) Spring 2014 in Montreal  is
less than a week away (May 21-23). We have an interesting lineup of talks
tutorials, with major themes around the use of wikis in science and
using Semantic Forms, and developing elements of the Semantic Mediawiki
universe, including two sessions on Wikidata. We even have a session on
du Soleil's wiki!
SMWCon is a twice-yearly conference that brings together researchers, users,
developers and enthusiasts of Semantic MediaWiki and related projects, such
Wikidata. Semantic MediaWiki is a family of extensions to the open-source
software MediaWiki (best known for powering Wikipedia) that allow a wiki to
store structured data in addition to textual content, thereby, turning a
into a flexible, collaborative knowledge repository.
Markus Krötzsch is our keynote speaker, with the provocative talk "Wikidata
and what it means for SMW."
Program Outline and Late-Breaking Submissions
This year, unlike at previous SMWCons, we will have both regular talks and
tutorials on the first day, starting Wednesday morning with sessions on
and science and tutorials Wednesday afternoon. So please review the
schedule  and we hope you can be here for all three days. If you're
signed up for a talk, please let us know if you need a different time slot.
We still have room for a few more talks, and will enable lightning talks.
can also bring a poster or demo. For any questions, please contact the
chair at vid at zooid.org.
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, arts and community groups, developers,
consultants, business representatives and researchers.
René Witte [General Chair]
David Mason [Program Chair]
Bahar Sateli [Local Chair]
Concordia University, Montréal, Canada
Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, Concordia University, Montréal,
Registration is open at EventBrite .
We hope to see you in vibrant Montreal next week!
Dear enterprise MediaWiki users and enthusiasts,
I'm happy to announce the release of the Site Settings extension:
This extension lets you configure the wiki's settings, like its name,
language and skin, via the web interface, at the page Special:SiteSettings.
It's similar in concept to the Configure extension, except that, unlike
Configure, it doesn't know about other extensions and their settings;
instead, it uses hooks to let each extension add in its own fields. (No
extension makes use of Site Settings yet, but I'm planning to start adding
usage of it in some of my own extensions at some point soon.) Also, I think
its user interface is a little nicer than Configure's.
Site Settings is derived from code that has been running on my wiki farm,
Referata (referata.com) for a long time - for that reason, I started it out
at version 0.5 instead of 0.1. And speaking of wiki farms, this is the
first step toward the release of my long-delayed extension Wiki Garden,
which is intended to power wiki farms, and which ties in heavily with Site
Settings (since administrators of individual wikis within a farm will only
be able to configure their own wiki via the web interface).
Nevertheless, I hope Site Settings will be useful for standalone
installations of MediaWiki as well, as an easier way to change around the
settings. I hope people try it out, and all feedback is appreciated.
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