Submissions/BlueSpice - a swiss army knife for MediaWiki

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This is a rejected submission for Wikimania 2012.

Submission no.

658

Title of the submission

BlueSpice - a swiss army knife for MediaWiki

Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)

presentation

Author of the submission

Markus Glaser

E-mail address

glaser@hallowelt.biz

Username

User:Mglaser

Country of origin

Germany

Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)

Hallo Welt! - Medienwerkstatt GmbH

Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

While MediaWiki is perfect as a wiki used to write encyclopaedias, it does have some shortcomings when taken out of that context. BlueSpice is a set of extensions for MediaWiki which is designed to facilitate the use in non encyclopaedic contexts such as enterprise environments. It is an all in one bundle that aims to cover for all the basic needs of a professional MediaWiki installation.

Among other things, BlueSpice includes a new skin with dynamic information and a flexible navigation concept. Also there is improved editing support with a WYSIWYG-editor and several assistants for linking various sources. There are some additional communication features like a blog and a shoutbox. Interaction among authors is encouraged by displaying pictures of the authors of each article. Search has been enriched with a facetted search feature. For site maintainers, there is a centralized administration page for users. Also, it bundles a set of standard MediaWiki extensons that every up-to-date MediaWiki instance should use.

In my presentation I will show you the benefits of BlueSpice. What are the use cases? I will also explain some of the design considerations of BlueSpice and give reasons why we left the MediaWiki way in some cases.

Track
  • Technology and Infrastructure
Length of presentation/talk

25 Minutes

Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?

probably yes

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