Instructions for Editing Wiki Pages

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Only logged-in members of the EUCog network can create or edit EUCog Wiki pages. You can click on the following link to fetch your password. Your username is your numeric EUCog ID (4 digits), which you can also find here. Check this page for further details about your login information.

How to create a page

There are essentially three equivalent ways to create a page:

  1. Create a new page using the search feature: Type the name of the topic that you would like to add in the search box, then click Go. If the page is already defined within the EUCog Wiki, then it will be opened. In case the term does not already exist, you will be offered the choice to create a page with the same name. This is the method we recommend, for with little effort you can help us to avoid the proliferation of redundant terms (e.g. evolutionary algorithms as opposed to genetic algorithms).
  2. Create a new page using an internal wikilink: Introduce in an existing page a link to the page that you would like to create. For example, type Embodiment to create a page titled 'Embodiment'. Once you click on the wikilink you will observe the same situation described above in the case that the page does or does not exist.
  3. Create a new page using a Wiki URL: In the address bar of your browser remove the title of the current Wiki page (i.e. everything after index.php/). Type the name of the new page. Again, you will find the two cases described above.

Types of editable pages

There are currently three different types of pages that registered EUCog Wiki users may edit and create. Below you will find a brief description of each type of page. Please read the instructions before contributing to the EUCog Wiki. Maintaining a certain degree of uniformity will increase the readability of EUCog Wiki. As we want avoid future strict control over our editors, we are confident in the sensible use of the tools offered by EUCog Wiki.

Please consider that the page that you might want to create/edit does not necessarily have an encyclopedic intent. Rather, it should promote the aggregation of EUCog members around a specific topic. At the same time, we would like to leave our editors free to set their own standards and manage the nature, timeline and extension of their contribution. EUCog Wiki will be incrementally developed as the result of a collaborative and distributed effort across the EUCog community.

Topic Pages

Topic pages are entries for each special subject in the EUCog Wiki. Here you can add your knowledge to existing areas, add links to your research projects and papers, and link to your member profile so others can easily find expertise on this topic.

See Editing Topic Pages for details.

Member Profiles

You will need to edit your member profile to add and organize your information so others can learn more about your research.

See Editing Wiki Profiles for details.

Event Pages

These are pages that describe upcoming official and sponsored events of the EUCog network. These pages link to the organizers, speakers, and other contributing members.

See Editing Event Pages for details.

The "Move" Tag (i.e. rename)

If you want to rename your page, simply click on the "move" tag and fill in the desired name. Moving is not allowed for topic pages whose name coincides with categories (areas and disciplines), and for other "special pages".

Basic Wiki formatting

EUCog Wiki runs on the Mediawiki engine. Mediawiki offers extensive help at its support section here.

Mediawiki relies on a simple markup syntax, and also offers support on a subset of HTML. Much editing can be directly achieved through the self-explanatory edit toolbar in the edit page (that can be opened by clicking on the edit tag in the page). For our user's convenience, here we report some basic tips. Once you are done with editing, first click the show preview button at the bottom of the page, and then click Save page. NB: Unsaved changes will be lost.

Text formatting

  • An empty line starts a new line.
  • Italic text is marked as ''Italic''
  • Bold text is marked as '''Bold'''


Creating chunks of text rather than long paragraphs might increase the readability of your page.

  • Lines in an unordered list are preceded by *
  • Lines in an ordered list are preceded by #
  • Lines in definition lists are preceded by a semicolon (;), whilst a colon (:) separates the definition term from its following definition text.
  • Multiple * or # are translated into indentation.

For example:

* Line 1
** Line 2
* Line 3
** Line 4
*** Line 5

is displayed as:

  • Line 1
    • Line 2
  • Line 3
    • Line 4
      • Line 5


  • Links outside EUCog Wiki (e.g. link to EUCogII) are marked as [URL label] (NB: there is a space between the URL its label that will appear in your text)
  • Links within EUCog Wiki (e.g. link to Action Selection) are marked as [[page name | label]] (NB: there is a 'pipe' character ('|' ) between the linked page and its label - spaces are ignored)
  • Anchor links within the same page (e.g. link to Types of editable pages) are marked as [[#section name | label]]

Links internal to EUCog Wiki dynamically connect your interests, projects and papers to the rest of the EUCog network. Intra-Wiki linking stimulates interdisciplinary discussion and promote a rich and lively network. We encourage the creation of new topic pages as well as drawing links to existing ones.

Adding multimedia content

EUCog Wiki allows you to upload images (.jpg, .gif, .png) and documents (in .pdf format). The upload limit is 2MB per upload.

For example, you can upload an image called 'filename.jpg':

  1. click Upload file from the toolbox in the left panel of your page;
  2. choose your source file and type a destination filename (if different from the original name of the file);
  3. type [[File:filename.jpg|200px|thumb|center|caption]] in the position where you want your image;
  4. as a result, a thumbnail of your original image file will be centered in your page (you can also select 'left' or 'right') with the specified caption. By clicking on the thumbnail, a new page will visualize the original image in full definition.

With a similar syntax you can define a link to an uploaded .pdf file (no thumbnail is shown in this case). For example: [[File:filename.pdf label]] (NB: don't use the "pipe" between filename and label).

Advanced formatting

With the Mediawiki software is also possible to create tables, edit mathematical formulas, and use a subset of HTML that will extend the basic capability of the MediaWiki markup syntax. You can find plenty of online or published information to help you master these more advanced (yet trivially simple) areas. In particular:

NB: Whenever you edit a page, adding a short description of your changes in the Summary field at the bottom of the page (right above the Save page button) would help those interested in following the history of its development.

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