Tools: Semantic Media Wiki

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History of the wiki


The MarineLives wiki was migrated in April 2015 from a collection of separate wikis; historically the wiki was set up with relatively unstructured data from one wiki site per volume of depositions (witness statements) and several further wikis for cross volume analysis. An importer took the data from each wiki and converted to structured data on a single wiki, with the analysis wikis moved to namespaced pages.



Structure of the wiki


The MarineLives wiki is built on a PHP-based stack:
- Media Wiki
- Semantic MediaWiki extension to allow storage and querying of data across pages
- Semantic Forms extension to allow editing of pages as structured data
- Custom extensions for folio navigation, basic transcription, and improved behaviour to match transcription expectations.



Examples of semantically searchable form based data


Semantic biographies
Semantic occupations
Semantic parishes



Wiki scope


Number of wiki pages 26,412

Number of pages in content namespaces 12,751

Number of uploaded files 12,018

Number of wiki edits 105,426

Number of registered contributors with edit privileges 97



Semantic Media Wiki API


For an example of Ask API generated data output for further digital processing see image.

Ask API generated output from MarineLives wiki