This site is a collection of code/templates built on top of Wikipedia's engine (MediaWiki).
This means if you're familiar with how to Read, Navigate or search Wikipedia (as well as how to write articles using Markdown), many of the features and structures are similar.
This engine goes beyond Mediawiki idea of having files that can include (transclude) pieces of other articles manually. What it does is allows authors to dynamically add lists of articles/fragments/content automatically, based on Templates, Tags and Queries (Categories to auto-include metadata from other articles).
|Mediawiki Viewing, Browsing, Searching, and Tracking:
- MediaWiki (MW) is the lower-level engine that powers Wikipedia (the MW engine was spun off as separate effort from the content). This engine drives how text will be organized, displayed, linked and included in other articles. If you stop there (along with sets of rules on how articles should be written), you can create something like a Wikipedia: something that allows many writers and editors to share information about many topics. But I didn't want to stop there.
- Semantic MediaWiki (SMW) was a later effort (supercharger), that was never used by Wikipedia, to augment the engine to allow structured content. Pages are normally just blobs of text (data) that a computer can't do much with but display for reading. Structured data flags discrete elements in each article, so they can be found, displayed and managed (in other pages) more like a database. Key facts, values or dates can be queried and displayed, so some articles (or tables) are built from facts/fragments scattered around the content.
- iGeekCore (IGC) is the templates, forms, data-structures, and rules that let sit on top and extend both MW and SMW into a CMS (Content Managment Solution/System). Not just the engine, but the whole vehicle that someone can use to add, display and share information.