[hackerspaces] Interconnecting Semantic Media Wikis (HSF round-table topic)

astera astera at hackerspaces.org
Wed Jul 1 21:43:37 CEST 2009

Hey Bartek,

awesome, thanks a ton for your writeup!

Putting this together is a wonderful plan, however I wonder how many
hackerspaces would like to participate (running mediawiki already, or
starting to do so)? Could these folks reply to this thread, as I'd find it
useful to find out if the implementation effort goes along the lines of
future use(ability)?

I <3 you guys ;)

Hack on,

On Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 5:05 PM, Bartosz Kostrzewa <zoombat at runbox.com>wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> as was discussed in Paris it would be interesting to interconnect our
> wikis to make information sharing simple while not requiring a
> centralized system.
> Semantic Media Wiki (SMW) allows just that. Another wiki can either send
> a request for [CSV, JSON, RDF] data for a specific SWM query and use it
> on a page using the External Data extension
> (
> http://semantic-mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:MediaWiki_extensions#External_Data
> )
> or alternatively the source wiki could simply provide a CSV of its
> semantic data to be imported by another wiki on a regular basis.
> I suppose an appropriate place for this would be hackerspaces.org. I can
> think of about 5 steps to get this working:
> 1) decide on which content should be shared through this method (I
> believe events and projects would be sufficient)
> 2) establish a standard set of Categories, Subcategories and
> SubSubCategories across hackerspace wikis, write down this standard
> somewhere
> 3) Implement SMW on all wikis that want to participate
> 4) decide on one of two modes of operation (direct queries are realtime,
> but will produce higher bandwidth requirements and significant
> connection overhead for each query)
> 5) decide on a location for displaying this information (hackerspaces.org?)
> Notes:
> 2) (sub)subcategories: during the round-table someone mentioned that
> they would be interested in having digests in a given field because they
> feel overwhelmed in filtering all the cruft that does not interest them
> from project lists, something like: Category:Projects,
> Subcategory:Hardware, SubSubCategory:Embedded... This way the "PROJECTS
> FROM ALL HACKERSPACES" page can be organized into sections.
> I'm not sure whether SMW objects can be assigned multiple tags from the
> same group at once (ie two subcategories for instance) Another question
> is whether to display such overlapping projects multiple times on the
> page, once for each query they fit.
> -Bartek
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