Now updated: 2nd printing in 2014, updated for MediaWiki 1.22

"[E]ssential reading for MediaWiki administrators." - Erik Möller, Deputy Director of the Wikimedia Foundation

Working with MediaWiki

by Yaron Koren

Foreword by Brion Vibber

Working with MediaWiki aims to be the most up-to-date guide to MediaWiki, the world's most popular wiki software. MediaWiki is best known for running Wikipedia, but it's also used by organizations and communities of every type and size, from fans of television shows to major companies storing vital corporate data.

Working with MediaWiki was written by Yaron Koren, a longtime MediaWiki developer, administrator and consultant, and founder of the MediaWiki consulting company WikiWorks. In around 300 pages, and accompanied by dozens of diagrams and examples, the book clarifies how to use MediaWiki effectively, from the basics like wiki syntax to topics like creating data structures, controlling spam and improving search.

Working with MediaWiki places a special emphasis on Semantic MediaWiki, an extension as well as a family of extensions, that transforms MediaWiki into something more like a full-fledged database, with the capability to have forms for users to enter and edit data, as well as all sorts of aggregation of the data, including maps and calendars. The book contains four chapters about Semantic MediaWiki; it is the first-ever book to cover the usage of SMW.

This book was first published in November 2012, and was updated in April 2014, for changes and new features in MediaWiki and many of its extensions.

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Praise for Working with MediaWiki:

"Yaron Koren's book is essential reading for MediaWiki administrators. It covers the basics in straightforward and clear language and will also enable you to set up, configure and use powerful but complex extensions like Semantic MediaWiki."

Erik Möller, Deputy Director of the Wikimedia Foundation


"Whilst I was developing large websites based on MediaWiki and Semantic MediaWiki, Yaron proved to be a great source for solid advice. Now he has distilled loads of MediaWiki knowledge into a concise, actionable book. This book will save you time!"

Timo Kouwenhoven, expert consultant at DNV and technology lead of SKYbrary.aero and Navipedia.org

"Wow! Yaron Koren has created a true gem for MediaWiki aspirants. Working with MediaWiki is one of the few easy-to-follow, practical, and well-written books on the topic. If your organization uses, or is thinking about using MediaWiki, you need to read this book."

Chris Musialek, co-founder of Intellipedia, chief architect of Data.gov