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:
Everything used to be simple: database queries for structured data and full-text search functions were conceived separately. But that is now history. In new search engines, metadata can be searched for much more selectively. These new possibilities blur the distinction between a database query and a search function. What does this mean for the technological development of wikis? Continue Reading
This progress report is based on an interview with Miriam Schönberg who is responsible for knowledge management at HAVI Logistics, playing the decisive role in HAVIpedia’s development. HAVI Logistics is a company providing third party logistics for the food services industries, supplying various types of companies including restaurant chains, such as McDonald’s, Nordsee and Vapiano. The company currently has 5,510 employees and 55 distribution centres in Europe.
How did the wiki develop from a departmental wiki to a company wiki?
HAVI Logistics started a departmental wiki for the IT department back in 2004. Six years later, they introduced what was then the first Hallo Welt! GmbH wiki. It was called “hallowiki”. It extended MediaWiki, which was already in place, and made the departmental wiki available to more than 200 users in our IT area in different countries.
The current main page of HAVIpedia
It soon became clear that the information in the wiki was not only interesting and helpful for IT, but also for those departments which work with the IT department. Therefore we opened up HAVIpedia in 2011 for all our colleagues in the business. In theory, since this date, every employee who has access to the firm’s network has been able to get onto the wiki, find information, and contribute too.
There are no read-only rights, as everyone should and may take part. HAVIpedia is also connected to the Active Directory which means that our colleagues log in with their normal accounts and are also registered in the wiki on the move. Continue Reading
How to upload and insert files in BlueSpice for MediaWiki? Have a look at our Tutorial. Here you can see how it works:
1. Upload and insert file by using WYSIWYG editor
1.1 Press edit, change to WYSIWYG editor and use the insert file tool.
1.2 Click on upload, browse and select your favorite file. If necessary you can change the files’s target name. Click on upload file.
1.3 To insert the file, pick the file from the library panel on the left-hand side. Select the file you want to insert into the wiki article. Click ok.
1.4 You will see the file link in WYSIWYG. To change the description, use the Wikicode view. There you see a file link that looks like this: [[Media:filename.pdf]]. To add a different name, use [[Media:filename.pdf|example]]. Click save page. Then the file description is shown as “example”. When you click on the link you get to the document.
2. Upload and insert file via upload file tool
2.1 Use the widget bar to go to the toolbox. Click on upload file.
2.2 On the top of the page you will find the first steps description. Underneath you will find the upload interface link and some information on the file formats that you’re allowed to upload.
2.3 Browse and select your favorite file. If necessary you can change the files’s target name or further information on the file. Click on upload file.
2.4 Go to the page where you want to insert the file. Click on edit.
2.5 Even if you are in the Wikicode view you can use the Upload and Insert File tool. Click on insert file. Look for your uploaded file on the left-hand side. To find it faster you can use the filter function on the top. Found it? Click on the file and then click ok.
2.6 To change the description, follow steps 1.4 onward.
Vom 1. bis 5. März findet in Hannover wieder die Cebit statt. Die Hallo Welt! – Medienwerkstatt präsentiert dort erstmals BlueSpice der breiten Öffentlichkeit. Auf dem Webciety- Bereich der Halle 6 am Stand H32 finden Sie kompetente Ansprechpartner.
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