MediaWiki/Introduction to MediaWiki

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Date of preparation of script: 28th October, 2010

Authors: P.N.Swetha, T.Rakesh Reddy

Keywords: Mediawiki, CMS, Collaboration

Introduction to MediaWiki

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Introduction to Mediawiki


Visual Cue Narration
Show slide 1
  • Spoken tutorial on Introduction to Mediawiki
  • Script by Rakesh & Swetha on 28th October 2010
  • Created by Lavanya
  • Talk to a Teacher
  • National Mission on Education through ICT
On behalf of IIIT-Hyderabad, this is Lavanya welcoming you to the spoken tutorial on Introduction to Mediawiki.
Show slide 2 titled About MediaWiki
  • The version of the MediaWiki is 1.15.3
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  • User needs to have basic knowledge of computers like accessing internet and typing.
Show slide 4 titled Agenda In this tutorial, we will look into
  • What is a Content Management System(CMS)?
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  • What is Mediawiki?
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  • Why Mediawiki?
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  • What we can do with Mediawiki?
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  • Uses and advantages of MediaWiki

Now we will look into each of these aspects in detail.

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Content Management system(CMS)

Content Management system(CMS)
Tool that enables multiple users to

  • Create
  • Edit
  • Manage
  • Publish the content
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Content Management system(CMS)
Example: MediaWiki

Content management system or CMS is a set of processes and technologies that support the collection, management and publishing of content in different forms like text, images, graphics, video, audio and documents.

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Content Management system(CMS)

CMS is a tool that enables multiple users to create, edit, manage and publish the content.

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Content Management system(CMS)

MediaWiki is an example of CMS. let us have a look at a sample page created by MediaWiki.

Show a screenshot of an empty Mediawiki content page at this point A wiki is a website that allows the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages via a web browser using a simplified markup language or a WYSIWYG text editor.
Continue with the Mediawiki screenshot

Roll cursor over web address
Click on create

Type out or alternately paste the text in the content space
  • WYSIWYG - What You See Is What You Get.
Let us type some text in the space given here. I am typing the text Welcome to MediaWiki. When I save the page it shows the same text in resultant wiki page. This functionality is called as What You See Is What You Get.

Now let us look in to more details about MediaWiki.

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What is a MediaWiki?

  • Software to build wiki pages
  • Single user
  • Multiple users
    • LAN
    • Internet

MediaWiki is a software which helps building wiki pages.

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MediaWiki can be used by a single user as a stand-alone application

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or by a group of people when it is hosted on LAN or Internet.

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  • Capture data & ideas

Wiki can be used to capture the data and ideas.

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  • Share one's ideas
A wiki page can be created by the user to share one’s ideas.
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  • Work collaboratively on idea / project
It can be used for working collaboratively on an idea/project.
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  • View, Edit existing data
Users can view or edit already existing data on wiki and can contribute by adding their points.
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  • Different users Work simultaneously from different locations
The users of wiki can work simultaneously from different locations.
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  • Users can add
    • Text
    • Images
    • Documents
      • Docs
      • pdfs
      • ppts
      • excel sheets
    • Audio / Video
Users can add text, images, documents, audio/video files in a wiki page. The documents can be pdfs, ppts, excel sheets etc.
Show slide 22 titled What we can do with Mediawiki?

can be used as

  • Centralized training system
    • Educational institutions
    • Corporate companies
The study material for a course can be made available in a wiki. The users can also contribute in adding resources. Wikis can be used for training both in educational institutions and corporate companies.
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can be used as

  • Students can store noted and summaries
In wiki, students can store notes and summaries of any lecture or presentation attended by them.
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  • Ideas from brain storming sessions
  • Minutes of meetings
Ideas from discussions or brainstorming sessions and minutes of meetings can be documented and can be made available for the users.
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  • Software processes, documents
Software processes, documentation and user manuals can be created by multiple users at the same time.
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  • Repository of files
It can be used as a repository of files.
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  • Public websites
Wikis can be used as public websites for all users to view and contribute information.
Show slide 27 and then show a screenshot of the url given from this point

wikibooks is an example of such website.


Click on the link and show the page.

As we can see on this page, there are collection of books related to various fields like computers, engineering, science and many more are hosted here. There are many links inside which can help user to traverse through different books. This is a sample page created by MediaWiki.

Now let us look at the uses and advantages of mediaWiki.

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It can be

  • Downloaded for free from the internet
  • Customized as per requirements
MediaWiki is free and open source software. So Users can download it for free from the internet and they can customize it as per their requirements.
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  • Simple design
Simple design of the tool allows users to access MediaWiki easily.
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  • Power of web publishing to non-technical users
To edit contents in MediaWiki, users need not know HTML or other scripting languages. This extends the power of web publishing to non-technical users.
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  • Easy navigation
Navigation to different features and pages in MediaWiki is simple.
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  • Instant publishing
Wikis are instantaneous so there is no need to wait for a publisher to create a new edition or update information.
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  • Accessibility permissions
MediaWiki also provides accessibility permissions feature to help users secure their wiki pages / content. Using this feature administrator can make wiki accessible only for a certain group of people. Different accessibility permissions can be given for viewing or editing data in wiki.
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  • Inbuilt version control system
MediaWiki has inbuilt version control system and users can access all the previous versions using the “history” feature. Users can always revert back to any of the previous versions, if required.
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  • Availability of many extensions
Availability of many extensions in the MediaWiki community will help users to enhance features in MediaWiki according to their requirements.

In this way MediaWiki software is useful to create and host different types of information. Non-Technical users can also use MediaWiki due to its simple design and easy understandability. MediaWiki is Free and Open Source, so users can modify the customize as per their requirements. On this note we conclude this presentation on Introduction to MediaWiki.

Show slide 36 The references used are from wikipedia and wiki educator.
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  • Spoken Tutorial Project

  • Talk to a Teacher project
  • National Mission on Education through ICT

The Mediawiki tutorials are created as part of the SPOKEN TUTORIAL PROJECT, an initiative of the ‘Talk to a Teacher’ project, developed at IIT Bombay. The project is coordinated by Funding for this work has come from the National Mission on Education through ICT, launched by MHRD, Government of India. For more details pls watch

This brings us to the end of the tutorial on Introduction to Mediawiki. The script for this tutorial was written by Rakesh and Swetha and this is Lavanya from IIIT-Hyderabad. Thank You.

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