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  • SMW has lots of features.
  • SMW is complicated.
  • SMW can be very useful.

smartMediaWiki is an approach to get extended results from the use of SMW. The goals are:

  • simplicity
  • staying on the problem side
  • allowing to specify the problem in a way that SMW results can be derived "right there in the wiki".

What is smartMediaWiki?

smartMediaWiki is a Powertool that is so powerful
- it will make your lights go out :-)


  • Why is a smart approach to using SMW necessary?
  • What is smartMediaWiki?
  • What can I do with it?
  • How does it work?

Why smartMediaWiki?

  • MediaWiki and SMW have a strong developer focus
  • There are lots of options
  • There is a steep learning curve
  • There might be a lot of effort and work for getting things done

Problem versus Solution


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The key success factor is mapping

Real Life Problems

Technical Solutions

Real Life Problems solved with smartMediaWiki

  • Digitizing Documents
  • Trainings: Curriculum, Quizcards, Pre-Training Interview
  • CRM Integration
  • Project Documentation and Collaboration e.g. Problem/Diagnosis/Therapy
  • Effort Tracking for Projects
  • Garbage-Bin Calendar reminder
  • ...

Technical issues solved with smartMediaWiki

  • Import of Office Documents
  • CRM Integration
  • Lotus Notes import
  • adding template Engines to SMW
  • adding Java Automation Support to SMW
  • Mail Integration
  • Automatic OCR + Import for Scanned Documents

Digitizing Documents

Import of Office Documents


How to keep a multilanguage training material in sync with a Syllabus and the corresponding Quizcards?

CRM integration

Lotus Notes import

Project Documentation and Collaboration

smartMediaWiki - inspirations


WikiSon = Wiki Simple Object Notation

WikiSon - just a Template?


No - it has got a much nicer name and WikiSon Notation is simpler to remember! You started with the Topic {{Book If your parameters only contain id information

  • human readable like a book title
  • or computer readable like an ISDN number

then you just specified a link

If your parameters contain semantic content than you just specified a Wiki Object in WikiSon.


Simple Data Interchange Format (SiDIF)

helps understanding the Triple concept and can actually be used for quite a few real-life problems.


WikiTask Tutorial for learning how to play with Wiki tasks

Royal FamilyTree revisited