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Submission no. 6035
Title of the submission
Semantic MediaWiki as OpenData hub
Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)
Author of the submission
User:Bernhard Krabina
E-mail address
User:Bernhard Krabina
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
KDZ - Centre for Public Administration Research
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

Semantic MediaWiki (SMW) is a very widely used open source extension ecosystem enhancing MediaWiki installations around the world by annotating data inside wikis and making them available in Semantic Web standards. The basic idea of SMW has led to the development of Wikidata, aiming to provide a framework for creating a free knowledgebase that anyone can edit. But still, SMW has not become obsolete. On the contrary, for many projects SMW is an excellent choice.

SMW has the potential of being uses as a Open Data data hub in two distinct ways:

First, SMW produces Open Data. Open Data should not only be about re-saving spreadsheets as CSV documents, describing them with metadata and putting them on the web. In many cases, the content itself should be managed in new ways, e. g. in wikis. For wiki projects managing unstructured content is not enough, there needs to be the possibility to manage structured content as well. When using SMW Open Data will be available as a by-product, as many export formats including RDF and JSON exist out of the box as a result of the data structure set up in the wiki. Some showcases will be presented, e. g. the OGD cockpit is a way to set up a data catalogue of an organisation in preparation of their Open Data initiative and the historical Encyclopedia of the City of Vienna (with > 30.000 entries) is a OpenGLAM project producing Open Data as a result of the SMW approach.

Second, SMW consumes Open Data. As SMW is a possibility to create data structures inside a wiki it can use external data sources including Open Data and re-use the data in the wiki. A prominent example of this is NYCpedia being a data encyclopedia about New York City, putting together different Open Data sets in a single web portal.

Open Data
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
30 minutes
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probably not
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