Over the past few months a lot of absolutely fantastic work has been done by many great contributors to SMW and associated extensions. Although we're not quite yet ready for our next big release, we're getting pretty close. To facilitate you in trying out all the new goodies, there is now a beta release of SMW 1.8 available, as well as a first release candidate of several other extensions.
You can get the beta and release candidates here:
* Semantic MediaWiki 1.8 beta 1: https://github.com/JeroenDeDauw/SemanticMediaWiki/tags
* Semantic Result Formats 1.8 RC1: https://github.com/JeroenDeDauw/SemanticResultFormats/tags
* Semantic Maps 2.0 RC1: https://github.com/JeroenDeDauw/SemanticMaps/tags
* Maps 2.0 RC1: https://github.com/JeroenDeDauw/Maps/tags
* Validator 0.5 RC1: https://github.com/JeroenDeDauw/Validator/tags
Please report any issues you run into on bugzilla  and link any release blockers on the blockers page .
For details on what's been added and improved see the release notes bundled with these extensions. A more comprehensive overview will be provided at actual release :)
Jeroen De Dauw
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