Media Wiki – Semantic MediaWiki

Introduction

The last years we use more and more the Wikipedia in order to search information , definitions and articles as well. Although Wikipedia is a very powerful tool and do have a very well organized community , in this post i talk about two similar FLOSS projects : Media Wiki and Semantic MediaWiki. My goal is to present (in a briefly way) these two projects by using the information provided by Ohloh.net.

Main part

MediaWiki

According to it’s definition :

” MediaWiki is the collaborative editing software that runs Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia, and other projects. It’s designed to handle a large number of users and pages without imposing too rigid a structure or workflow. ” So we are dealing with kind of software that Wikipedia currently use. Let’s focus on Media Wiki information :

Programming Languages (listed by percentage) :

  • PHP (78 %) — 2,612,973 lines of code
  • Javascript (15 %) — 485,921  lines of code
  • CSS (7%) — 78,938 lines of code
  • SQL (6%) — 70,598 lines of code

Estimated Cost :

The Codebase is about 3,344,329 lines so we talk about strong based project and considering the fact that the Estimated cost is  54,712,297 $  we can’t ignore it’s instance as a FLOSS project.

Semantic MediaWiki :

According to it’s definition :

“Semantic MediaWiki (SMW) is an extension of MediaWiki – the wiki-system powering Wikipedia – with semantic technology, thus turning it into a semantic wiki.” . So we focus on extension of MediaWiki. Is it so important? Let’s see :

Programming Languages (listed by percentage) :

  • PHP (95 %) — 36,116 lines of code

Estimated Cost :

The Codebase is about 37,951 lines and the Estimated cost is  497,308 $.

Conclusion

As a conclusion i focus on the main points/features of  each project (based on the data above)

On the one hand , the majority of MediaWiki’s source code is written in PHP but it has a well-established codebase. Furthermore the developing activity is rises up year by year and the developing team is a large one team as well.  On the other hand we do face the same features in Semantic MediaWiki project as well.

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