Semantic MediaWiki Extensions 0.3 released

The project Semantic MediaWiki aims at the inclusion of "semantic web" features into MediaWiki, the software powering Wikipedia [1]. Users are enabled to enrich wiki-articles with bits of machine-readable information in a simple and integrated fashion. Yet this data opens great opportunities for improved searching and browsing, and will allow developers to write software that feasts on Wikipedias immense knowledge. Further details are available on the project homepage and testsite [2].

Release 0.3 [3] brings a number of new features and improved MediaWiki compatibility. Semantic MeidaWiki is installed easily as an extension module to the current MediaWiki and also supports the latest version 1.6.1. New features in 0.3 are

  • support for geographical coordinates (new datatype),
  • improved user interface: service links for JScript tooltips, CSS layout,
  • OWL/RDF export of all annotation data,
  • simplified installation process (including special page for setup/upgrade),
  • (almost) complete localisation; translations available for English and German,
  • better MediaWiki integration: namespaces, user/content language, support for MediaWiki 1.6,
  • specials for displaying all relations/attributes,
  • experimental (OWL/RDF) ontlogy import feature.

The next steps will be the inclusion of query results into existing pages, date/time support, and individual user settings for displaying certain datatypes. Further PHP development support is still welcome. Development is discussed on our mailnglists [4] and also in the Semantic Wiki Interest Group [5].


Posted by Markus Krötzsch 2006-04-07

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