Semantic Wikis

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.

Posted on June 1, 2009, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Yaron Koren

    Hi, I’m from Semantic MediaWiki; this post just showed up in my Google Alerts. Out of curiosity, what do you mean by “only one extension”?

    Also, I hope you end up choosing SMW, but then again I’m 100% biased.

  2. Hi Yaron. I meant that only one presentation was specifically about an extension to SMW. Though, looking at my notes it seems that SWOOKI and MoKi as well as WIKITAAABLE might be based on SMW.

    Is SMW still under active development? As I said above, from the workshop, it seemed not.

  3. Yaron Koren

    Oh – now I understand the sentence, okay.

    Yes, it is. I, too, have noticed that SMW no longer gets much attention from academics – my guess is that it’s a sign that SMW has pretty much completely moved out of the realm of academia and into the real world.

  4. “moved out of the realm of academia and into the real world”

    In that case, I’ll move it to the top of my evaluation list 🙂

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