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Academic wikis are third-party wikis meant to be used in an academic context with a greater emphasis on features like access control, content approval, and research analysis.
For other third-party uses of MediaWiki, please see Sysadmin hub.
Many academic wikis are using Extension:Semantic MediaWiki and leveraging the semantic web to share data. The Mediawiki API can also be used to mine data from other sites; combined with an scheduler program like Cron this can lead to semi-automated data distribution.
The vampire model consists of two rules:
- only registered users may edit
- only registered users may create accounts
This method of account-creation removes the burden of making all accounts from single user/admin, this greatly simplifies matters. Because trust of peers is relatively high in an academic setting, a single account can be made for a P.I., who then can make accounts for his/her students. Because Mediawiki logs all account activity it is (relatively) easy to track accountability for creation of spam/bot accounts.
- Extension:LDAP Authentication
- Leverage an existing LDAP (including Microsoft Active Directory, Kerberos) as a single sign-on
Integration with Third-Party Software
- Bundled with core, required for complex templating including most WP templates.
- A Polished skin for MediaWiki that comes bundled by default. Enable Extension:Vector for advanced functionality for this skin.
- Display citations to show where information originated. This is particularly useful when merging data from a single document on multiple wiki pages to indicate why the information is authoritative.
- Forms-based editor for wiki-tables.
- Navigation aid when traversing the wiki, usually used to display and highlight a category hierarchy.
- Improve category listings with counters for contained pages of sub-categories.
- An alternative to the default search engine, lightweight but allowing more robust indexing of content through the third-party Sphinx engine.
- Extension:Lucene-search -- more complicated but more robust still, used by large wikis like Wikipedia