MediaWiki SlideShare extension

Sergey Chernyshev just released a much-needed piece of code last week: an extension that makes it easy to embed slideshare slideshows into MediaWiki, the open-source wiki software that powers wikipedia.
This is pretty huge: for an organization trying to build a knowledge repository, easy integration between wiki content and social document sharing is a really important. A good example of how this can be used can be found on Sergey’s site TechPresentations.org , which archives presentations from all tech conferences worldwide.
A company that wanted to run a private mediawiki could even upload slideshows to slideshare, not share them publicly, and embed them into their corporate wiki. This would provide a wiki that supported embedded office documents, which would be a killer knowledge-management tool.
Just like Chris Hellman’s slidehare ego widget, this mashup does it’s work without using our API. I’m reminded that RSS and embed codes are powerful integration points with any system. It’s easy to forget that a lot of the time, a formal REST API isn’t even necessary in order to build a mashup!

One thought on “MediaWiki SlideShare extension

  1. Scott Gavin November 12, 2007 / 11:11 pm

    This is great news as I’m a big fan for SlideShare and MediaWiki and know plenty of MediaWiki implementations behind the firewall that would benefit from this.

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