I’m typing this up sitting at a poolside bar with a glass of Mythos (local beer, very nice, but served in Stella glasses!). Could almost be on holiday – well, except for being the dork with a laptop open and having only two weeks to get an outline proposal written up which not only satisfies all the partners to the bid but is attractive to funders. Still – bit nicer view than the window out the AstroGrid basement at Leicester.
Was in the Semantic Wiki Workshop today (Monday 1st – our anniversary btw – in case I get this posted late) which I wanted to attend because the JISC Semantic Technologies Working Group will be discussing how it moves forward after I get back and one item on the agenda will be to set up a wiki for ourselves. Would be only appropriate for us to ‘eat our own dogfood‘.
There were several interesting presentations and it sort of narrowed down the ideas for platforms to use. The most obvious is of course Semantic MediaWiki: it is the oldest (AFAIK) and certainly the most well known (which might be why there were no presentations on it, only one extension to it). KiWi looks pretty good (and not just because of the antipodean name and icon). AceWiki uses a controlled natural language but I found the idea of a ‘controlled wiki’ something of a contradiction in terms. KnowWE looks quite extensible and is based on the popular JSPwiki platform.
I think I’ll look further into KiWi and KnowWE: see if either are available for deployment outside their projects and how stable they are right now. Otherwise it’ll probably be Semantic MediaWiki.
Note to self: look at how KnowWE are synching with JSPWiki: if and how often and how conflicts are handled.