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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.

Knowledge Sharing[edit]

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.

Access Control[edit]

Account Creation[edit]

Vampire Model[edit]

The vampire model consists of two rules:

  1. only registered users may edit
  2. 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.

Authentication[edit]

Extension:LDAP Authentication
Leverage an existing LDAP (including Microsoft Active Directory, Kerberos) as a single sign-on
Alternatives:
Extension:Windows NTLM LDAP Auto Auth

Authorization[edit]

Integration with Third-Party Software[edit]

Document Management[edit]

Editing[edit]

Extension:ParserFunctions
Bundled with core, required for complex templating including most WP templates.
Extension:WikiEditor
WYSIWYG editor sponsored by WikiMedia.
Vector
A Polished skin for MediaWiki that comes bundled by default. Enable Extension:Vector for advanced functionality for this skin.
Extension:Cite
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.
Extension:TableEdit
Forms-based editor for wiki-tables.

Navigation & Search[edit]

Extension:BreadCrumbs2
Navigation aid when traversing the wiki, usually used to display and highlight a category hierarchy.
Extension:CategoryTree
Improve category listings with counters for contained pages of sub-categories.
Extension:SphinxSearch
An alternative to the default search engine, lightweight but allowing more robust indexing of content through the third-party Sphinx engine.
Alternatives:
Extension:Lucene-search -- more complicated but more robust still, used by large wikis like Wikipedia
Extension:Semantic MediaWiki
Allows you to add meta data to content in wiki articles and providing a query language for dynamically retrieving content including properties and lists of articles.
Alternatives:
Extension:DynamicPageList

See also[edit]