The 14th of October 2010 was a very special date for the KiWi project: After more than two and a half years of development version 1.0 of our collaborative knowledge management software was published. To celebrate that, the project organized a release party in the planetarium in Vienna, Austria.
It was a very nice evening that featured speeches of Ross Gardler (Vice President Community, Apache Software Foundation) and David Ayers (Free Software Foundation Europe), followed by a demonstration of KiWi by Sebastian Schaffert (KiWi Project Lead). After the official part, the guests and the project participants mixed and there was time and space for many interesting conversations.
KiWi is a wiki that combines technologies like the semantic web, information extraction, a recommendation component and a rules engine. The project’s target was knowledge management for software companies; the system addresses the domain problems and assists in solving common problems. But during the development KiWi became much more than that. It is now an open-source development platform for building semantic social media applications.
To make sure, that KiWi does not die, once the funding is over, the project makes some effort to form a community. The release party was thus also an opportunity to get in touch with the project team. We want everybody to be part of KiWi. So, if you feel like, use your creativity and skills to make that bird fly or simply use it, we are here to motivate and support you.