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The Best Wiki Ever: WikiMapia

So I though I realy love WordPress,
But lately I get to see more and more sites based on wiki,
and I’m realy impressed with what wiki apps can offer.

In my post about implementing wiki I have given some samples of regular sites using wiki as their CMS (Content Management System), but this map site i’ve found today is using wiki for a whole new way,
by letting people mark specific spots and locations on a joined map.

Wikimapia

This is the site’s description from its own front page:

WikiMapia is an editable interactive map.
The Goal of Wikimapia is to create and maintain a free,
complete, multilingual, up-to-date map of the whole world.

But i think images will do the work best –
here are a few views you can use to watch a specific area:

The Classic view – with areas marked on the map

Classic wikimapia view Area_selection

In the case of New-York, People have even marked
each building with its name

marked buildings

The wiki has a drop down category list of interesting
views to use

Categories

I can choose a close restaurant to go to

Restourants

Or to create a list of interesting spots by their distance
from each other and plan my visit days by areas

Interesting Places

And I can see the exact same category on the regular map view

Google Map view

I’m very pleased with this site, it can help you plan your travels, choose activities by their walking distance from each other, search for shops near by.

and of course – its all updated by the poeple for the poeple.

amazing work, cheers!

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Implementing MediaWiki

My favorite type of wiki is mediawiki,
I love the ease of use, the huge matrix of extensions available,
and the look and feel of the wiki itself.
backup, restore and upgrade support are also very important reasons to choose a specific wiki software,
and having gone through all this steps in mediawiki, I am very pleased with the ease of use.

Starting from the begining:

what is mediawiki?

MediaWiki is free server-based software which is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). It’s designed to be run on a large server farm for a website that gets millions of hits per day. MediaWiki is an extremely powerful, scalable software and a feature-rich wiki implementation, that uses PHP to process and display data stored in its MySQL database.
Media wiki site

Media wiki also saves the versions of the updated files – allowing for easy reverts and versioning of edited files.

The largest sites using medaiwiki:

Mediawiki large sites list

Design matters

Wiki website doesn’t have to have the MediaWiki standard look,
you can design the look and feel either manually to suite the corporate guidelines or with existing skins.

Novelle’s wiki site:

Novell wiki site

marvel.wikia.com:

marvel

Extensions

Extensions are compilations of PHP code that add new features or enhance functionality of the main MediaWiki core. Extensions are one of the main advantages of MediaWiki. They give wiki administrators and wiki end-users the ability to adapt MediaWiki to their requirements.

The extensions can add capabilities like:

Integrate into the Organization

Using LDAP we can integrate the wiki with the main active directory.
http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Ldap will show you the step to add ldap support to the wiki install,
with ldap you can have single and multi domain authentication (including local database)
Retrieval of user information from LDAP:
  • Email address
  • Real name
  • Nickname
  • Language
you can configure the wiki to allow to only domain users to access the server, and you can create wikis that will be accessible only by a specific domain group/users.
You can restrict edit access only to users who have created an account AND verified their email address.
more features the mediawiki ofers:
  • A watch list – update by email when a watched page has changed.
  • By default, MediaWiki’s page URLs look like /index.php?title=Your_Page,
  • but an .htaccess file tweak can make them look like Wikipedia’s clean /wiki/Your_Page links.
  • When a user submits an edit to a page, MediaWiki writes it to the database, but without deleting the previous versions of the page, thus allowing easy reverts in case of vandalism or spamming.

First steps with editing wiki pages

http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/MediaWiki_User%27s_Guide:_Editing_overview

This simple editing tutorial will show you the basic step in editing a new wiki page:

  • headings
  • lists
  • links

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