SMWCon Spring 2015

SMWCon Spring 2015Cargo and the future of SMW
SMWCon Spring 2015
The 11th conference brought together developers, users, and organizations from the Semantic MediaWiki community around the world.
Conference details
Start: 2015/05/06
Finish: 2015/05/08
General Chair: Yaron Koren
Local Chair: Chris Koerner
Program Chair: Paul Boal

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St. Louis, Missouri, USA,
911 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
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The Spring 2015 SMWCon was held May 6-8 in St. Louis, Missouri.

SMWCon is a twice-yearly event for users and developers of Semantic MediaWiki.

Following the success of recent SMWCons, we had one tutorial day and two conference days.


St. Louis is the "Gateway to the West" and one of the most vibrant communities in the Mid-Western United States. Among the 20 largest metropolitan areas in the US, St. Louis is home to several major corporations such as Anheuser-Busch, Express Scripts, and Peabody Energy. St. Louis is also home to numerous attractions and parks. The City Museum, Forest Park, the Gateway Arch, and the St. Louis Zoo - just to name a few. With projects like Arch Grants, LaunchCode, and LockerDome, St. Louis is growing as a tech hub for new startups and entrepreneurs.

Read more about our venue.


Tutorial Day - Wed, May 6
8:30 am
Coffee break
Doors open - Registration & Breakfast
9 to 9:30 am Introductions and overview for SMWCon - Chris Koerner & Paul Boal
9:30 to 10:30 am Introduction to MediaWiki - Chris Koerner
10:30 am
Coffee break
Coffee break
11:00 am Morning Session 1
11:00 to 11:45 am Introduction to Semantic Concepts - Wolfgang Fahl
11:45 am to 12:30 pm Introduction to Semantic MediaWiki - Yaron Koren
12:30 pm
Lunch provided onsite from Caruso's Deli (menu)
1:30 pm Afternoon Session 1
2 pm to 2:45 pm How to make a basic parser function - James Montalvo
2:45 pm to 3:30 pm SNPedia Build Steps - Mike Cariaso
3:30 pm
Coffee break
Coffee break
4 pm Afternoon Session 2
4 pm to 5 pm These are some of my favorite things - SMW Extensions to supercharge your wiki - Chris Koerner
5 pm End of Tutorial Day

Conference Day 1 – Thu, May 7
8:30 am
Coffee break
Breakfast (on-site)
9:00 am Morning Session 1
9 am to 9:45 am SMW in the Office - John Mc Clure
9:45 am to 10:30 am Page ownership in MediaWiki - Yaron Koren
10:30 am
Coffee break
Coffee break
11:00 am Morning Session 2
11 am to 11:45 am smartMediaWiki - Wolfgang Fahl
11:45 am to 12:30 pm Cargo and the future of SMW - Yaron Koren
12:30 pm
Lunch break with suggestions for nearby lunch spots
2:00 pm Afternoon Session 1
2 pm to 2:45 pm So you want to write an SMW extension - Yaron Koren
2:45 pm to 3:30 pm The Why and How of Wiki Farms - Cindy Cicalese
3:30 pm
Coffee break
Coffee break
4:00 pm Afternoon Session 2
4 pm - 4:45 pm SMW Grammars & Variables - John Mc Clure
4:45 pm to 5:30 pm Quantifying Accountability - James Montalvo, mws:User:Darenwelsh
5:30 pm End of Conference Day
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Social event
Social event - bowling, drinks, and food at Flamingo Bowl
Conference Day 2 & Community Day – Fri, May 8
8:30 am
Coffee break
Breakfast (on-site)
9 am Morning session 1
9 am to 10:30 am MediaWiki Stakeholders Group Meeting - Everyone!
10:30 am
Coffee break
Coffee break
11 am Morning Session 2
11 am to 11:45 am Panel on Future of Semantic Web + SMW + MW - Cindy Cicalese, Yaron Koren, Mark Hershberger
11:45 am to 12:30 pm Skepticism with Scientific Wikis - The Strengths and Weaknesses - Andrew Geary, Isaac Farley
12:30 pm
Lunch provided onsite from Caruso's Deli (menu)
2 pm Afternoon Session 1
2 pm to 2:45 pm How to get your bug fixed in MediaWiki - Mark Hershberger
2:45 pm to 3:30 pm smartMediaWiki Workshop - Wolfgang Fahl
3:30 pm
Coffee break
Coffee break
4 pm Afternoon Session 2
4 pm to 4:45 pm What can the SMW Community Learn from Other Open-Source Communities? - Chris Koerner
4:45 pm to 5 pm Closing Remarks
5 pm End of Conference, suggestions on where to go in St. Louis for those hanging around for the evening.

Lightning talks[edit]

If you want to give a lightning talk (5 minutes) at the end of any day, add your name and the title of your talk here:

  • Daren Welsh: Qualifying validity of semantic properties. Open discussion about how everyone validates claims with source data. (ref: issue 985)
  • The SMW wiki of the month - Yaron Koren
  • Brett Miller: Expertise location, mentor program

The first day was a focus on tutorials around SMW and related technologies (basics, extensions, integrations, and more). The second day was a more traditional track of 30-45 minute presentations on various topics. The last day continued presentations and community discussions.

Proposed Topics for community discussions[edit]

The discussion is one of the most important part of the conference. Please add issues you want to discuss.


  • Mercy, a Catholic, non-profit, healthcare system serving across the mid-west is one of our sponsors.
  • SNPedia, a wiki-based bioinformatics web site that serves as a database of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs).

Informal attendee list[edit]

This is a very preliminary list. If you are planning to attend, please add your name below.

  1. Chris Koerner (Reason for attending: "I want to know more about husbandry of cats")
  2. Paul Boal
  3. Mark A. Hershberger
  4. Yaron Koren
  5. Mike Cariaso re: SNPedia
  6. Isaac Farley
  7. Peter J. Woudsma
  8. John McClure
  9. Andrew Geary
  10. Cindy Cicalese
  11. Wolfgang Fahl
  12. James Montalvo
  13. Daren Welsh
  14. Jason Reeder
  15. G. Brett Miller
  16. Clark Verbrugge
  17. Stephanie Johnston
  18. Steve Slatter
  19. Jeremi Plazas
  20. Megan Cutrofello

Venue Information[edit]

SMWCon was hosted at T-REX, a co-working space and tech incubator. T-REX is located in the heart of downtown St. Louis. It's within walking distance of the majority of hotels and public transportation.


Lambert St. Louis International Airport[edit]

St. Louis is home to the Lambert St. Louis International Airport. Airlines include Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, United, and US Airways.

From the airport you can take either a taxi, of which there are many servicing the terminals or use public transportation. Uber also operates it’s “Uber Black” services within the city.

Public Transit[edit]


St. Louis has a light-rail system that terminates at the Lambert Airport. From the airport you can buy a one-way ticket, round-trip, or multi-day pass which will take you into downtown St. Louis.

The two closest stations to the conference venue are the Convention Center Metrolink Station, and the Union Station Metrolink Station. Both are a short (<1mile) walk to the conference location.


We also have a robust GPS-tracked bus system within the city and surrounding county. More details at:



There are many options for lodging during the event. Many of these hotels are located a mere block or two from the nearest light rail station. All are less than a mile from either suggested venues.

Here’s just a few options.


If attendees arrive early, or stay later, there are a ton of great local restaurants to try.

  • Caruso’s Deli - a great local deli that’s been around for years. Best sandwiches in St. Louis.
  • Bailey’s Range - a contemporary venue with fresh takes on traditional recipes.
  • Schlafly Tap Room - a local brewery with more types of beer than you could imagine.
  • Mango - an upscale Peruvian restaurant with a splendid bar and wine election. If the weather is agreeable their outside patio is a joy.

Other Things to Do[edit]

  • The Gateway Arch is about 1.3 miles from the conference venue
  • St. Louis Cardinals home game (Two games at 7:15pm. Tue, 5/5 and Wed, 5/6 against the Chicago Cubs)
  • Union Station
  • St. Louis Public Library
  • City Museum - a unique playground for adults and children alike.


The weather in early May will still be a little on the chilly side. Highs are in the upper 70° F, with lows down to 40° F at night.

You can follow the local weather at

Social Media[edit]

Feel free to join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #SMWCon.

Semantic MediaWiki itself is at @SemanticMW

Local Organizers are @ckoerner and @paulboal

Streaming & Live Feedback[edit]

Google Hangout for Stakeholders Meeting

During SMWCon we will have a stream setup at SMWCon Spring 2015 takes place in St. Louis, MO USA which is in the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) -5 hours or Central European Summer time (CEST) - 7 hours.

The WebEx stream will include audio and video of the presenters along with their slides/desktop. You can access the WebEx stream from Windows and Mac PCs along with other popular mobile devices.

During the event we'll be using the Semantic MediaWiki IRC channel (#semantic-mediawiki, on FreeNode) for feedback and discussion.

You can get there through FreeNode's regular, Javascript-based and Java-based clients.

Code of Conduct[edit]

Code of Conduct