XWiki Implementation Project

OIT Begins the Move to XWiki

Wiki.SMU logo with iconSince its launch in 2014, Wiki.SMU has provided a resource for everything from course materials to project management to University documentation and has been a very successful tool for many areas on campus. Unfortunately, our current solution for the on-prem wiki.smu.edu environment, Confluence, is no longer being supported by Atlassian. After an exhaustive search, XWiki has been identified to be the replacement wiki solution. The XWiki Implementation Project will oversee the migration to this new wiki environment, including transferring all existing content and permissions to the new platform, updating existing service pages, and training information, and communicating with the campus community.

If you are not familiar with XWiki, it is an open-source project supported and developed by the XWiki community and by XWiki SAS.XWiki logo The Java-based tool distinguishes itself from the other wikis by offering enterprise-oriented features, such as those we previously found with Confluence, but where the University owns the wiki and its data. Plus, it has the benefit of being an on-prem solution.

While we are eager to get users on the new system, the timeline for completion of the XWiki Implementation Project is March 2024. Our plan for implementation includes all wiki spaces being migrated, working with the space owner, starting in January. Space admins will be contacted directly about the migration of their wiki space.

If you have questions about the XWiki Implementation Project, please feel free to visit the project page at smu.edu/oit/governance/current-projects/xwiki or contact the Project Manager, Shanta Ball, at smball@smu.edu.

If you have any questions or need assistance with using Wiki.SMU or XWiki, please feel free to contact the IT Help Desk at 214-768-HELP (4357) or email help@smu.edu.


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Ian Aberle

Ian Aberle is an Adobe Creative Educator and the Senior IT Communications Specialist & Trainer for the Office of Information Technology (OIT). For over 25 years, he has helped the SMU community use technology and implement digital and web media through multiple roles with the Digital Commons, SMU STAR Program, and now OIT. Ian enjoys photography and road trips with his family in his free time.