Hi Yaron,
I agree that we need to have some more marketing-type docs on semantic-mediawiki.org.

But IMHO, the most powerful marketing is the website "eating its own dog-food".  That is, it takes full advantage of all the functions/features of SMW and the official extensions - Exhibit, Ploticus, Maps, etc. and taking the examples beyond the somewhat simplistic German Cities example.

Also, if we do create marketing-type pages on the site, it should use semantic features.  We shouldn't just go for your run-of-the-mill PDF whitepapers, marketecture diagrams, etc.

Maybe, we can even hook the site up with Data Transfer and get it to display live data, or something.

My 2 cents,
Joel

On Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 12:16 PM, Yaron Koren <yaron57@gmail.com> 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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