MARCIM Semantic Wiki Newsletter - March 9, 2012

The following is our first MARCIM Semantic Wiki Newsletter, sent March 9, 2012 to those involved in the MARCIM technology demonstration. If you are interested in being added to the mailing list for these newsletters, please email  

Semantic Wiki News - March 9, 2012


Annotated content for 946 Thai and Philippine NGOs, dynamic calendars for Balikatan, and automated BMI calculations: these are a few of the changes that have been made to MARCIM Semantic Wiki this week! The Milcord team has been working to address user requirements observed during Cobra Gold 2012 and implement innovative solutions, so that the second deployment of our MARCIM Semantic Wiki within the Philippines will met with increased success. In order to keep the MARCIM team apprised of solutions as they're employed, we hope to begin communicating new updates through this bimonthly newsletter. We kept the distribution of the newsletter to individuals directly involved in the project; please let us know if there are others we should include in the mailing list!

The following updates have been implemented within the Wiki in the past week:

Balikatan Calendar

In an attempt to address reporting requirements identified by users in Thailand, we have created a dynamic calendar labeled with important events for Balikatan 2012. The monthly calendar view is one of many export formats enabled by the Semantic Search capability. The calendar can be accessed here.

As you can see, the calendar posts we've created include dates for deployment and redeployment, opening and closing ceremonies, as well as Medical/Veterinary Outreach, among other events. To add an event to the calendar, a user may click "Add page using form" in the left sidebar, type the name of the event he/she desires to post within the text box that appears, and within the dropdown menu choose the category "Event." The event the user creates will automatically populate to the calendar.

It is our hope that this calendar will support staff reporting functions in Balikatan, and serve to increase the frequency and quality of collaboration among the operational planning team.

What Links Here Template

As part of an ongoing effort to enable automatic associations between annotated non-page entities in the Wiki, we have created a template that allows users to generate a bulleted list of pages that link to any given tag. Let's take an example that was presented to us by a user in Thailand. Many teams working at the MDVCAP sites consistently mentioned "diabetes" as an issue within their SITREPs. Any tags to diabetes created red hyperlinks; however, even if the user created a page for "Diabetes" the page itself would not generate an easily viewable list of pages with mentions to Diabetes. We've addressed this issue by allowing users to embed a template within the free text area of the page in question. By typing {{What Links Here}} within the text of a Wiki page, a list of pages with tags to diabetes will be generated. For further exploration, navigate to the Diabetes page.

After a single user inputs {{What Links Here}} within the free text area of the page, every user thereafter will be able to view a list of pages that link to the tag in question.

BMI Calculations

We have codified a process for dynamically calculating Body Mass Index statistics for every patient that passes through Medical Registration at a MEDCAP Site, in response to feedback from the Environmental Health Officer for Iii Mef. Aggregate BMI statistics now automatically feed into our dynamic tables located within MEDCAP Site pages. To view the new dynamic tables, follow the Cobra Gold Site 1 link.

New Sociocultural Content

In preparation for Balikatan we completed data ingest of all major geographic divisions for the Philippines (to include regions, cities, and municipalities). We have also imported 422 Philippine NGOs, and 524 Thai NGOs to satisfy user requirements. Sociocultural content may be accessed from both the Philippines and Thailand country pages.

In addition, all site information for Balikatan currently resides on the Semantic Wiki. You may view this content within the Balikatan 2012 operation page. Below is a screenshot of the Site page for the Tagbarungis Elementary School, an ENCAP Site in Palawan.


Main Page Restructuring

We have integrated feedback from users and MARCIM team members to restructure our Wiki Main Page. We now have content divided by Operation/Exercise, and by Area of Operation - the latter of which is particularly designated for ongoing operations not associated with a specific exercise. Let us know what you think of our new Main Page.

We hope you found our first Semantic Wiki Newsletter contained useful, relevant information. We value your feedback on how we can improve our updates.

Sincerely, The Milcord team