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Dokumentation according to data protection rights – BlueSpice MediaWiki and the GDPR

It is crucial for organizations that the documentation in their wiki is stored in a comprehensible and revision-proof manner. BlueSpice MediaWiki now supports you in the balancing act between traceability and data protection. Against the background of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we have revised our enterprise wiki software with regard to the protection of personal data.

The GDPR defines a number of basic rights that are also relevant for BlueSpice MediaWiki users:

  • Information: Users have the right to know what data about them is stored in the system.
  • Data portability: Users must be able to extract the data stored on a platform and transfer it to another system.
  • Correction, erasure or blocking: Users may request or arrange for their data to be corrected. They may also request the deletion or blocking of access to their data.
  • Forgetting: It must be possible to cancel the linking / assignment of data to individual users.
  • Consent: Users must be able to give their differentiated consent to the storage and use of their data.

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BlueSpice MediaWiki vs. Confluence – the wiki alternatives (1)

Soccer image Germany Argentina
Sharing knowledge: One goal – different strategies. Image: Germany and Argentina face off in the final of the World Cup 2014 von Danilo Borges/copa2014.gov.br Licença Creative

In this two-part article, we give a detailed comparison of the wiki top dog MediaWiki and Confluence.

We already wrote a few words about MediaWiki and Confluence some years ago. At that time, we wrote about the main objections to MediaWiki.

That article is still worth reading and remains largely valid. Ultimately the key argument then was that the choice of tool did not depend only on features, but also on the concept behind the software. This is a timeless truth.

However, MediaWiki does not need to fear a direct feature comparison. Importantly, the enterprise distribution BlueSpice has already decided the feature question in my view. This can be seen on our newest internal feature-comparison table, published here and offered for free download:

This publication is a good chance to detail the differences and similarities of the two projects comprehensively and systematically. Continue Reading

BlueSpice switches over to Elasticsearch

Diego Delso, Biblioteca Vasconcelos, Ciudad de México, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

We are currently fitting out the new Version 3 of BlueSpice with a new search engine. So this is a good opportunity to explain what actually happens in a search engine and why we have decided to make this change. Continue Reading

MediaWiki – Software moving towards the future (Part 3 of 3): Communication, Wikidata, Translation

Communication and notification – the end of the classical discussion pages

Another MediaWiki construction site is delivering good news: The MediaWiki Communication System. This concerns the discussion pages. These will soon disappear, in the form we know them now. More precisely: The discussions pages will fundamentally change and merge with the notification system.

The reconstruction of the MediaWiki communications system will take place through two new extensions:

  • Echo allows the individual following of changes, gives an overview of the whole system and is a framework for a variety of communication services. Echo is already in Wikipedia as a new notification system.
  • Flow makes discussion easier. One can more easily follow discussion processes; answers are shown via Echo. And much more. The aim of these developments is to build up a modern discussion and collaboration system for all Wikimedia projects. An interactive prototype is already online.
The Flow prototype
The Flow prototype

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