Yaron,

This is entirely reasonable. A significant part of the support for SMW comes from people who contribute to the open source code and also make money as contractors developing for companies using SMW. If these individuals cannot support themselves doing this contract work then I suspect they'll start to focus their attention elsewhere, away from SMW, and SMW will suffer. Or, not grow as it has been growing. 

The fact is that companies are increasingly interested in SMW and there's no reason we should pretend otherwise. Open source SMW benefits from this attention, in my opinion.

Brian O.

On Apr 30, 2009, at 12:16 PM, Yaron Koren wrote:

Hi,

How do people feel about adding more marketing-type documents to semantic-mediawiki.org, explaining its benefits to companies and organizations, and showing examples of its usage? I'm thinking specifically of two things, although more could be added:

- a "Why Semantic MediaWiki" page, listing all the benefits of using SMW, in a less technical and more CMS-focused way than the site currently provides
- a "testimonials" page, featuring statements contributed by users

I looked around, and there are other similar open-source projects that do provide more marketing-type documentation. Here's the testimonials page for MindTouch Deki, another wiki application:

http://www.mindtouch.com/Testimonials

And here's a customer listing from Alfresco, an open-source CMS:

http://www.alfresco.com/customers/

Both of these products are run by for-profit companies, which is probably why they have a much bigger focus on marketing. But I think increasing usage is something we can all get behind, even those who aren't trying to making money from the software. Any thoughts?

-Yaron
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