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From Wikimania 2010 • Gdańsk, Poland • July 9-11, 2010


This is an open submission for Wikimania 2010.

Title of the submission

AskTheWiki - A User Interface for Structured Questions and Answers

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Author of the submission

Daniel Herzig

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Abstract (please use no less than 300 words to describe your proposal)

Wikis are collaborative knowledge bases and as such a valuable asset. However, they can unfold their full potential only, if the stored knowledge is accessible in an efficient manner. Thus, searching and finding information play a crucial role. Most users on the web are used to express their questions in keywords and expect a list of links as results. However, it is desirable to pose more complex questions to a knowledge base, e.g. "Which countries are located in Europe and how many inhabitants have those countries?". In this presentation, I will present AskTheWiki, a system which allows to pose such questions to a semantic MediaWiki while keeping simple keywords as the input-interface to the user. Since these keyword questions are internally transformed into formal, structured queries, the problem arises on how to present understandable representations of these queries to the user, and the following answers respectively. A user interface giving such feedback and a usability study will be presented. Furthermore, the future plans will be put up for discussion, since the release of this extension planned for autumn this year.

Track (People and Community/Knowledge and Collaboration/Infrastructure)


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Demo AskTheWiki

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