Semantic MediaWiki Extensions 0.5 released

With version 0.5, Semantic MediaWiki extension for MediaWiki [1] reaches beta status. But improved stability and cleaner code does not mean that there are no new features. Core changes include:

  • Customised datatypes for unit conversion and customised display of units for each attribute. This also enables full localisation of all units of measurement.
  • Support for importing vocabularies from external ontologies. For instance, elements of the wiki can now be mapped to the FOAF ontology during export.
  • Significantly improved inline query performance and functionality (compared to 0.4). Unit support for inline queries. Desired output unit can be adjusted through query.
  • New attribute datatypes for URLs and URIs, secured by a blacklist to prevent technically problematic URIs.
  • New attribute datatype for temperature, since this cannot be defined by a linear custom unit conversion.
  • Improved Special:Relations and Special:Attributes, including a quicklink to searching occurrences of some annotation.

SMW 0.5 now will run only the current MediaWiki 1.7 and PHP5. The new version also comes with an updated online documenation [2] that describes the functionality in detail. Development and usage is discussed on our mailinglists [3] and also in the Semantic Wiki Interest Group [4].


Posted by Markus Krötzsch 2006-08-14