Making MediaWiki powerful and user-friendly

Making MediaWiki Powerful and User-Friendly is an advanced course designed to empower participants with the knowledge and skills to enhance their MediaWiki installations, making them more powerful and user-friendly. This course focuses on setting up semantic structures, creating queries and forms, and organizing content effectively. Through hands-on exercises and practical examples, participants will learn how to leverage semantic technologies, streamline information retrieval, and optimize the user experience within their MediaWiki environments.

Duration: 2 days
Onsite Training: $3,000 including travel in the USA. Inquire about international training rates.
Remote Training: $1,000

Course Outline

Module 1

Introduction to Semantic Structures

Understanding the concept of semantic structures

Exploring the benefits of semantic technologies in MediaWiki

Overview of Semantic MediaWiki extension

Planning and designing a semantic structure for a MediaWiki installation

Module 2

Setting up Semantic MediaWiki

Installing and configuring the Semantic MediaWiki extension

Defining and creating semantic properties and data types

Annotating wiki pages with semantic data

Understanding semantic queries and result formats

Module 3

Creating Semantic Queries

Introduction to semantic queries in MediaWiki

Constructing basic semantic queries

Advanced querying techniques (e.g., subqueries, aggregation)

Utilizing query modifiers and parameters

Module 4

Displaying Semantic Data with Result Formats

Exploring different result formats (e.g., tables, maps, calendars)

Customizing result formats using templates and CSS

Formatting and styling semantic query results

Creating dynamic and interactive displays

Module 5

Building Page Forms

Introduction to Page Forms extension

Designing and creating user-friendly forms

Defining form fields and validation rules

Processing and storing form data

Module 6

Organizing Content with Categories and Templates

Creating and managing category hierarchies

Utilizing templates for standardized content structures

Implementing dynamic templates with parser functions

Module 7

Advanced Content Organization Techniques

Customizing the navigation and sidebar menus

Implementing custom namespaces and namespaces aliases

Utilizing tags and tag extensions for content organization

Developing content classification schemes

Module 8

Advanced Semantic Features and Extensions

Leveraging advanced semantic features (e.g., concepts, properties)

Integrating external data sources with Semantic MediaWiki

Exploring Cargo Extension

Extending semantic capabilities with custom extensions

Module 9

User Experience Optimization

Enhancing user interfaces with user scripts and gadgets

Customizing the MediaWiki skin and appearance

Improving search functionality and navigation


This course is designed for participants with a solid understanding of topics covered in MediaWiki Administration and Introduction to MediaWiki. It focuses specifically on advanced topics related to making MediaWiki installations more powerful and user-friendly. The course outline can be customized and adjusted based on the specific needs and requirements of the participants in our Custom MediaWiki Training Tailored to Your Goals.