EMWCon Spring 2020

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EMWCon Spring 2020
EMWCon brings together developers, users, and organizations of "enterprise MediaWiki" from around the world.
Conference details
Start: April 1, 2020
Finish: April 3, 2020
General chair:
Richard Evans
Please know that my involvement in EMWCon 2020 ended when the physical conference in Ohio was cancelled. This year's all-remote conference would not have happened without Cindy Cicalese's Leadership. All the success of this years conference goes to Cindy. Thank you, Cindy!
Program chair: Cindy Cicalese
Registration chair: Yaron Koren

The Enterprise MediaWiki Conference Spring 2020, or EMWCon Spring 2020, was an online-only event held from April 1 to April 3, 2020. It was originally planned to be held in Sandusky, Ohio (see here for what this page used to look like), but due to the coronavirus pandemic was instead a three-day online event (with an additional two-day online hackathon beforehand, for those who could devote a whole week).

EMWCon is a conference featuring discussions of topics related to "Enterprise MediaWiki", i.e. the usage of MediaWiki software by and within companies, non-profits, governments, and other organizations. The intended audience of EMWCon Spring 2020 was anyone who uses, or would like to learn to more about, MediaWiki within organizations.

Group picture from EMWCon Spring 2020

Event details[edit]


All talks are 30 minutes long including questions unless stated otherwise. Times listed are EDT (UTC -4).

Video link: 🎥
Presentation link: 🔗

Conference Day 1 - Wednesday, April 1, 2020
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM 🎥 🔗 Welcome, Logistics, and Introductions - Cindy Cicalese (60 minutes)

🎥 🔗 Data Everywhere: Opportunities and Challenges for Enterprise MediaWiki - Yaron Koren (30 minutes)

10:30 AM- 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM 🎥 🔗 EMW for The Internet Court of Lies: Liecourt.com - Bob Thibadeau, Ph.D. (30 minutes)

🎥 Measuring Knowledge Management Success - Daren Welsh (30 minutes)

🎥 🔗 Nuclepedia - Sharing Knowledge One Page At A Time - Tom Harriman (30 minutes)

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM Break
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM 🎥 🔗 Maintaining your wiki: You know you have to - Ike Hecht, WikiTeQ (30 minutes)

🎥 A method for automating MediaWiki deploys using only tools you already use - Mark A. Hershberger (30 minutes)

🎥 Site Reliability: monitoring and alerting in 3 easy steps - Greg Rundlett (30 minutes)

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM Break
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM 🎥 🔗 Cargo/Lua Best Practices, and When Not To Use Them - Megan Cutrofello (30 minutes)

🎥 🔗 Wikibase for smart cities: A roadmap - Houcemeddine Turki, Mohamed Ali Hadj Taieb, and Mohamed Ben Aouicha (30 minutes)

🎥 Government Panel - Tom O'Neill, Tom Harriman, Blanche Ziv, Peter Meyer and Daren Welsh (30 minutes)

🎥 🔗 Providing a File Folder System in Mediawiki - Rich Evans (30 minutes)

Conference Day 2 - Thursday, April 2, 2020
9:00 AM - 10:45 AM 🎥 From Zero to Hero: How to build applications Wikibase Solutions style - Jesse Kwaks and Charlot Cobben, [Wikibase Solutions] (45 minutes)

🎥 The MediaWiki Stable Interface Policy: Making life easier by making things harder - Daniel Kinzler (30 minutes)

🎥 Wikibase, Docker & WBStack- Adam Shorland (30 minutes)

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM Break
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM 🎥 🔗 An early look at an Extension API for Parsoid - Subramanya Sastry, Wikimedia Foundation (30 minutes)

Lightning Talks (45 minutes):

🎥 Mediawiker SublimeText plugin - why this is the best thing ever & how to set up - Megan Cutrofello

🎥 🔗 Project Teams – for Sustainable Knowing - Stanley Gould

🎥 🔗 Semantic Actions - Daren Welsh

🎥 Maps in MediaWiki. Highlights and new features - Jeroen De Dauw

🎥 🔗 Push your wikifarm pages with encrypted credential handling - Wolfgang Fahl

🎥 🔗 UserProtect: Straightforward per-user per-right per-page protection - Ike Hecht

🎥 E/SMW to tackle the Corona crisis - Bernhard Krabina

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM Break
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Create Camp Opening Session (60 minutes)
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Create Camp:

Updating MEZA to MediaWiki 1.34 (1)

Internet Court of Lies


🎥 Data normalization in Cargo - Megan Cutrofello

Conference Day 3 - Friday, April 3, 2020
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Create Camp:

Updating MEZA to MediaWiki 1.34 (2)

Composer RFC

🎥 WSForm - Charlot Cobben (small additional video)

SMW with non-standard Backend

Enterprise MediaWiki user survey

🎥 GIT/MediaWiki - Jesse Kwaks

MediaWiki Stakeholders' Group meeting

🎥 Lua - Megan Cutrofello

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM 🎥 Create Camp Closing Session (60 minutes)

Create Camp[edit]

The Create Camp was held during the conference. It comprised small groups working together online on projects of interest to them: programming projects, demonstrating best practices, tutorials, documentation efforts - anything related to MediaWiki that the attendees cared to work in small groups. Some projects spanned the entire Create Camp while others were scheduled for shorter time periods such as an hour. A working schedule was created on the conference page during the Create Camp opening session. The Create Camp ended with a closing session where groups reported out on their projects.

Create Camp Ideas[edit]

  • Composer RFC v2.0 -- help us work on a new RFC for using composer to install extensions (Friday Morning, 1-2hr)
  • Getting started with Lua
  • Converting SMW structured data to Cargo & expanding on the Cargo vs. SMW comparison and Manual:Managing data in MediaWiki pages
  • Using GIT and MediaWiki (deployment, Version control) - Jesse Kwaks (preferably Friday 9AM - 30-60 mins)
  • Intro WSForm - Charlot Cobben (preferably Friday 9AM - 30-60 mins)
  • Internet Court of Lies Developer Outreach Discussion: Review of Workflow we are automating, and Payment System Requirements (1-2 hours one session or split): wizards welcome.
  • How-To Requests:
    • Cross-site semantic query - Goal: populate SMW properties in Wiki A with Semantic Data in Wiki B - Is it possible? What are the possible approaches?
    • Getting VE4All to work on MW 1.31 (LTS) - Is it possible? If so, what is the right combination of repos and versions
    • Getting Extension PUSH to work on MW 1.31 (LTS) between 2 co-located SAML SSO Wikis - Is it possible? If so, what is the right configuration
    • Getting SemanticApproved Revisions to work on MW 1.31 (LTS) - Is it possible? If so, what is the right combination of repos and versions
    • Use Page ID instead of page names in URLs. Squeak24 (talk) 20:54, 31 March 2020 (UTC)[reply]
    • Recovering External Image Overlay in Page Forms input type "Maps"
    • Use Javascript to remove Visual Editor from page if user is using Internet Explorer. V brooks (talk) 20:52, 1 April 2020 (UTC)[reply]