Semantic Mediawiki 0.4 - Knowledge Inside!
Until now, Semantic MediaWiki was kind of a nerds project. Yes, you could get a lot of information out in RDF, and actually, I used it as an RDF editor more than once -- but heck, what normal person needs that?
Now, with the freshly implemented feature, the advantages of a Semantic MediaWiki over a normal MediaWiki should become obvious: you can simply ask the wiki for stuff! Wiki, what are the 10 biggest city in the US? Put a list here. Or, wiki, what is the height of the current German chancellor? Put the info here. I have made a writeup on those inline queries on our demo wiki. Go there, read it.
But a lot of other things made it into the 0.4 release. Here's Markus' list:
- Improved output for Special:Relations and Special:Attributes: usage of
- relations and attributes is now counted
- Improved ontology import feature, allowing to import ontologies and to update existing pages with new ontological information
- Experimental suport for date/time datatype
- More datypes with units: mass and time duration
- Support for EXP-notation with numbers, as e.g. 2.345e13. Improved number formating in infobox.
- Configurable infobox: infobox can be hidden if empty, or switched off completely. This also works around a bug with MediaWiki galeries.
- Prototype version of Special:Types, showing all available datatypes with their names in the current language setting.
- "[[:located in::Paris]]" will now be rendered as "located in [[Paris]]"
- More efficient storage: changed database layout, indexes for fast search
- Code cleaned up, new style guidelines
- Bugfixes, a lot of Bugixes
Thanks to everyone who contributed and still contributes to the project! And, connected to this, thanks to the answers to my last blog entry -- I will write more on this tomorrow.
Originally published on Semantic Nodix
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