Hi everyone,

The "SMWAskAPI" extension adds an action to the MediaWiki API, "ask", that lets you call SMW queries via api.php:

http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:SMWAskAPI

I didn't think such a thing was necessary, since the Special:Ask page basically functions as an API already, if you use the query formats "csv", "json" etc. But I was convinced recently that this is in fact an important feature, for two main reasons: the API makes it easier to create queries, using the "...fm" formats, like "jsonfm"; and various libraries for running MediaWiki "bots" are configured for calling api.php specifically.

Any thoughts, then, on adding this code directly into Semantic MediaWiki? I know there's an overall goal to try to make SMW as small as possible, but this extension's code is pretty small - here's the main body of code:

http://smwaskapi.svn.sourceforge.net/viewvc/smwaskapi/trunk/SMWAskAPI/api/SMWAsk_API.php?revision=2&view=markup

..and its function certainly seems to fit in directly with SMW's core functionality.

-Yaron