EMWCon Spring 2016/Mediawiki in the Enterprise

Mediawiki in the Enterprise

Presenter     Peter Woudsma
Event Enterprise MediaWiki Conference (EMWCon) Spring 2016
Date and time Wednesday 25 May 2016, 09:15 - 09:45
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The wiki software originally was designed as a simple solution to allow in-browser editing of websites. That is still the core functional requirement. Good for us, there are many more. And more to come.

MediaWiki was developed as soon is was recognized that the basic wiki wasn’t sufficient to maintain and operate a large structured website, such as Wikipedia. MediaWiki matured through improvements and expansions of its code, plus development of extensions on top of the native MediaWiki functionality.

MediaWiki user base gradually expanded, mainly because extensions provided unique solutions in a simple editing environment for academia, individual users, organizations and industry.

Enterprises started to implement MediaWiki:

  • Initially for low-risk solutions, e.g. for a web-based organization of primarily textual data (knowledge management)
  • Semantics opened up the possibility to process data and still offer an appealing browser interface
  • Extensions offered unique solutions for complex business requirements

By investing time, money and resources in the deployment, development and operation of wikis, enterprises have made a commitment to use MediaWiki in the years ahead, and a legitimate interest that expands the usual limited influence of the user base of open source software. That commitment can only be maintained if enterprises organize themselves as MediaWiki stakeholders.

This Enterprise MediaWiki Conference provides an attractive program for enterprise users of MediaWiki.

But that's not the first time. Over the years, since its inception in 2008, the Semantic MediaWiki Conferences (SMWCon) have addressed numerous topics that cover enterprise interest.

The questions are now: Where will this all lead to? Can enterprises unite to define a common roadmap for enterprise oriented MediaWiki solutions? Or is the roadmap of the MediaWiki Foundation sufficient? Can enterprises depend on the loosely organized community of extension developers or do they need to take a leading role? These and many other questions need to be asked and hopefully, we will come up with some answers this week.

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