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Analysis of ITAR-TASS wiki

My last project at WikiVote was to create a knowledgebase for the main Russian news agency, ITAR-TASS. In the next posts I’m going to describe the project and analyse its results. This post is an introduction to the task we … Continue reading

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Using Semantic MediaWiki for creating standards for professional activity

I think that 97 percent of users underestimate the power of Semantic MediaWiki. It’s not just a tool that will help you to manage your encyclopedia. In fact using wikis for just encyclopedias or for documentation is just one dumb, … Continue reading

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ChapTimeline Result Format is now open source!

Timeline is one of the most impressive result format in Semantic MediaWiki. But SIMILE timeline looks very old-fashioned and its code is a great mess. Moreover many of our clients find it too complicated and I totally agree with them: … Continue reading

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Results of SMWCon and possible future of Semantic MediaWiki

SMWCon conference have just ended and I’ve successfully recovered after it. It was the biggest conference ever: we’ve got almost 90 participants. It was also a very interesting one: we’ve got business talks and scientific talks, talks about open governement … Continue reading

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Helping SEMAT community to grow and be more transparent

SEMAT stands for Software Engineering Method and Theory. It has been designed by Ivar Jacobson, the co-author of UML, Use Case methodology and Rational Unified Process. The project is pretty big and has many parts and I’m sure it will … Continue reading

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Developing new glossary tools in MediaWiki

Good news for me! My protege Zhenya have been accepted for Google Summer Of Code 2013! I and Stephan Gambke are Wikimedia Foundation mentors for the project aims inproving two MediaWiki extensions: Lingo and Semantic Glossary. Here is the description … Continue reading

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Wikiapiary – a useful website for MediaWiki admins

A fairly simple idea of gathering statistics from all MediaWiki’s they can find resulted in surprisingly useful website with huge potential. Wikiapiary knows which version of software your wiki use: the skin, extensions, version of MediaWiki itself. More importantly wikiapiary … Continue reading

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Export and import uploads in MediaWiki

I’ve been searching for the way to export all the uploaded files in MediaWiki for about two days and now I know how to do it! Here is the problem: the files in MediaWiki have their pages in the File: … Continue reading

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Page Schemas screencast

Page Schemas is a great extension for Semantic MediaWiki that allows us to generate the structure of our websites from the XML description called schema. I’ve fallen in love with this extension long before it have been implemented (back then … Continue reading

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Fighting spam in MediaWiki

Cleaning up spam on semanticweb.org and on letopisi.ru have resulted in a little tutorial and a presentation I want to show. Ok, so here is some advice that can alone improve your spam situation. Healthy community. If your wiki has … Continue reading

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