MediaWiki Stakeholders' Group/Fantastic MediaWikis Program


Fantastic MediaWikis and How to Maintain Them[edit]

Come to Vienna Hackathon!

Participate in a one-day conference track at the Wikimedia Hackathon 2017, designed for people who work with the open source software MediaWiki in their organization, company or business. The conference track is curated by the MediaWiki Stakeholders' Group and hosted by Wikimedia Austria.

At the Wikimedia Hackathon 2017, about 200 developers from all over the world will come to Vienna to improve MediaWiki. We are using this opportunity to develop a special program for the software’s stakeholders, maintainers, and power-users. The track is curated by the MediaWiki Stakeholders Group, an organization of advocates for users from outside the Wikimedia Foundation and its projects. Access the global network of developers, get inspired by use cases, and learn new skills!

  • When: Friday, 19 May 2017, 11:30am to 6pm
  • Where: JUFA Hotel Wien City, Mautner-Markhof-Gasse 50, 1110 Vienna, Austria @ Wikimedia Hackathon 2017


Time Title Description Presenter
11:30 MediaWiki: A Culture of Knowledge-Sharing Summary of interviews conducted with 3rd party MediaWiki users Mark Hershberger
12:00 The Vienna History Wiki - a large Semantic MediaWiki Lessons learned after 4 years of operating a large SMW installation. Berhard Krabina
12:30 A Quality Management System (QMS) under Semantic MediaWiki This talk presents a pilot project where processes & procedures together with their issues (customer complaints, deviation permits, non-conformities, etc) are under a Semantic MediaWiki at the European Space Agency (ESA) (slides) Michael Barylak
13:00 Lunch break
14:00 Deploying MediaWiki with oregano How to deploy MediaWiki with atomic code updates, a fast rollback and a staging environment (slides, MSMW) Niklas Laxström
14:30 Introducing Housetrails/ Project experience and introducing improvements that were made for MW and SMW Martin Brunner
15:00 Synchronizing Semantic MediaWikis Synchronizing multiple SMWs with the "Controlled, faceted, multilateral, asynchronous, bidirectional synchronisation of multiple SMWs (CFMABS)" concept. Lex Sulzer
15:30 Coffee break
16:00 Learning from Confluence? About MediaWikis strengths and weaknesses This talk offers a current comparison of Atlassian's Confluence and MediaWiki. This look beyond our own back yard is very helpful for a definition of MediaWiki's position and strategy. Richard Heigl
16:30 How do I make my MediaWiki work with VisualEditor? This talk will show you how you can install VisualEditor with your MediaWiki installation, even if the wiki is non-public (slides). Markus Glaser
17:00 /Promoting MediaWiki MediaWiki is great, but is it also inviting? The panel will center around the question how various stakeholders (organisational users, developers, community, WMF, etc.) can collaborate to increase the visibility, joy of use and eventually the market share of MediaWiki. How can we promote MediaWiki and what are the obstacles we have to get out of the way? Maybe we can come to a concrete list of actions. Mark Hershberger, Sabine Melnicki, Richard Heigl, Brion Vibber, Bryan Davis
19:00 Pizza and beer night

There will also be a Semantic MediaWiki Meetup (lead by Berhard Krabina) and a beginners' tutorial to MediaWiki extension development (lead by Renate Nuppenau)

Register and Attend[edit]

If you wish to attend the conference track, please register here:

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