Semantic MediaWiki (Foundations for the Web of Information and Services)

Note that there are multiple publications of that title. The current main reference on SMW is given at Semantic MediaWiki.

Markus Krötzsch, Denny Vrandecic

Semantic MediaWiki

Abstract. Semantic MediaWiki (SMW) is an extension of MediaWiki – a widely used wiki-engine that also powers Wikipedia – which makes semantic technologies available to broad user communities by smoothly integrating with the established wiki usage. SMW is used productively on a large number of sites world-wide in application areas ranging from science over knowledge management to leisure activities. Meanwhile, a vibrant ecosystem of third-party extensions has grown around SMW, offering many options for extended features and customisations. Yet, the original vision of establishing "Semantic Wikipedia" has remained important for the development of the SMW project, leading to a strong focus on usability and scalability.

Published at Foundations for the Web of Information and Services (Book chapter)

(last update: Aug 2 2011)

Citation details

  • Markus Krötzsch, Denny Vrandecic. Semantic MediaWiki. In Dieter Fensel, eds.: Foundations for the Web of Information and Services, pp. 311–326. SpringerProperty "Publisher" has a restricted application area and cannot be used as annotation property by a user. 2011.


This book chapter is part of a Festschrift to the tribute of Rudi Studer, presented to him on his 60 birthday. For more information on this book, see the Springer homepage.

Note that there are multiple texts of the same title: see the page on Semantic MediaWiki for more information and downloadable PDFs. There, you can also find a hint at the most current SMW-related publication.


Semantic wikis