Yesterday I released a new version of the External Data extension that allows it to, in addition to previous functionality, get a table’s worth of data (instead of just single values), and extract data from any wiki page holding values in CSV format. The more I think about it, the more I think these additions make External Data among the most important MediaWiki extensions I’ve released (or co-released,since Michael Dale contributed), or maybe even the most important, beating out Semantic Forms; I guess we’ll see.
I hope to write more about the “new” External Data at some point; for now, if you want to hear more about it and what I think its implications are, I’ll be talking about it tomorrow (Thursday) at 1:30 PM EST in session 5 of the semantic wiki conference call “mini-series”. Anyone is free to join in the call. There’ll also be other talks (including three from people I met at the Semantic MediaWiki users meeting in Boston), that should be quite interesting.