Hello Amir, Thank you for your feedback. Yes, I am aware of parts of the roadmap for Wikidata and some of its challenges. I might follow up on my work, based on some of the future developments you have mentioned.
Cheers, Rohini On Sat, Dec 8, 2012 at 7:12 PM, Amir E. Aharoni < amir.ahar...@mail.huji.ac.il> wrote: > Thank you very much for this article! > > It is coming at the right right time. It's starting up, and it needs > localization. I wrote why its localization is especially important here: > https://blog.wikimedia.org/2012/11/10/translate-wikidata-user-interface/ > > That post also has relevant links. > > It's localization is EASY, because there aren't so many strings to > translate, but its influence is going to be very large. If all goes > according to the plan, in a few months Wikidata will become a repository of > useful statistical data about many subjects - countries, populations, dates > of birth and death, etc. So, while the data is pretty much the same for > everybody, the names of the data properties, such as "population", must be > translated to all languages. Property names cannot be translated yet, but a > crucial first step towards making this possible is to translate the > Wikibase extension, which is the technical framework of Wikidata. > > Before you approach this, I also strongly suggest to at least read the > following doc: > https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:Glossary > > ... and, it would be great to translate it, too - it will help you to > translate the software. > > Thanks! > > -- > Amir Elisha Aharoni · אָמִיר אֱלִישָׁע אַהֲרוֹנִי > http://aharoni.wordpress.com > “We're living in pieces, > I want to live in peace.” – T. Moore > > > > 2012/12/8 Srikanth Ramakrishnan <rsrikant...@gmail.com> > >> *Wikidata: Summing the sum of human knowledge* >> *By Rohini Lakshané* >> >> Have you ever wished you could query Wikipedia with a question? Have you >> ever wanted to run a search on Wikipedia to extract data rather than trawl >> through reams of Wikipedia pages and interlinks? Have you ever imagined a >> world where everyone could freely pool knowledge even without sharing a >> common language? Wikidata is set to do all this, and more. >> >> >> >> Wikidata, deployed in October this year, is the newest project by the >> Wikimedia Foundation, the organisation that runs Wikipedia and its sister >> projects. It is a semantic, multilingual, structured database that anyone >> can read and edit. It is machine readable, which makes searching, sorting >> and handling of data efficient and fast. Like with its siblings, Wikidata’s >> content and software are published under a free license. >> >> >> >> *Central repository of links* >> >> Wikidata aims to streamline Wikipedia’s rich but chaotic linking >> structure. Every Wikipedia page has ‘interwiki links’ that link it to other >> Wikipedia pages. ‘Interlanguage links’ connect pages to other pages on the >> same topic published on Wikipedias in different languages, creating a mesh >> of links. With around 23 million articles in 285 languages, the linking >> structure leads to immense duplication. Wikidata will act as a central >> repository for all language links on all Wikipedias, with the ultimate >> objective of levelling off the raw data in the language versions. Under the >> *first >> phase<http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikidata/Development/Sprint_archive> >> * of Wikidata deployment, which is now >> live<http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikidata/Development/Sprint_archive>, >> editors can add interlanguage links (sitelinks) on Wikidata pages. >> >> >> *Ask Wikipedia a question* >> >> The *future >> phases<http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikidata/Technical_proposal> >> * of Wikidata deployment involve converging the data found >> in*Infoboxes<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Infobox> >> * (December 2012 or January 2013), and the enabling of the creation of >> lists on Wikipedia (April or March 2013). >> >> >> >> Infoboxes -- tables with the summary of the most important information on >> the pages -- across Wikipedias are not uniform. Internationalised export >> and import of data present in Wikipedia templates such as the Infobox would >> greatly enrich its encyclopaedic value. All information present in all >> Infoboxes will then come to one central repository from where it could be >> updated everywhere else at the same time. >> >> >> >> Wikipedia houses lists on assorted topics created by users -- episodes of >> the most popular TV shows, heads of state, and even inventors killed by >> their own inventions. However, it is currently not possible to query these >> lists and cull out specific information. For example, searching the string >> “countries with highest GDP” leads to a search results page with the >> entries ‘List of countries with the highest GDP per capita’ and ‘Historical >> list of ten largest countries by GDP’. But if you were to search for ‘ten >> countries with highest GDP in Asia’ you wouldn’t quickly reach the relevant >> information even though it exists in these lists. Wikidata will >> automatically create a user-queried list to answer semantic queries such >> as, “What were the ten countries with highest GDP in Asia last year?” >> >> >> >> Konarak Ratnakar, who has registered over 8,000 edits on Wikidata, says, >> *“I found that Wikidata had very few India-related entries. So I started >> adding information on Indian cities and the capitals of small countries. I >> like Infoboxes very much, and that fact that this project would make >> Infoboxes grow motivated me to contribute.” * >> >> >> >> *Supporting smaller Wikipedias* >> >> Of the 285 Wikipedias, only four have more than a million articles. 40 >> Wikipedias have over a 100,000 articles. Big Wikipedias have legions of >> editors; most Wikipedias with a smaller article base have fewer speakers of >> the language or less volunteer manpower. Wikidata aspires to enable smaller >> Wikipedias to extend their tendrils to bigger ones, and benefit from the >> vast amounts of language-independent data present on them. Having >> up-to-date data at their disposal will potentially rope in and retain >> editors and contributors on smaller Wikipedias, where researching and >> writing voluminous content from scratch may be a laborious task. The web >> and Wikipedia would get more content, which in turn, would become useful to >> those who only speak the languages in which smaller Wikipedias exist. >> >> >> >> *Verifiability and difference of opinion* >> >> Wikidata can handle differences of opinion. If different sources of data >> portray discrepant or conflicting information, Wikidata has the provision >> to include such differences, and the different nuances of information. This >> data will be accompanied by its source in keeping with one of Wikipedia’s >> cornerstones of verifiability. Lydia Pintscher of Wikimedia Deuthschland, >> who handles community communications for Wikidata, explains, *“Say you >> have the number of inhabitants of Israel. People don't agree on an exact >> number for that for various reasons. In Wikidata it will be possible to add >> all of them (within reason) with sources. So it'll not be about what is >> right but about what some source says.”* >> >> >> >> *Pushing the envelope at Wikipedias and the web* >> >> Wikidata is slated to expand. Once it is fully deployed, it will >> apparently allow for more new articles to be created with fewer >> contributions. Editors will not need to write full articles on topics that >> already exist on other Wikipedias. Instead, they will need to enter data at >> the specified data points to get an article with the preliminary framework >> ready. Wikidata will also enable micro-contributions to articles that >> already exist by allowing easy data entry for editors to expand or update >> articles using the available datasets. >> >> >> >> Machine-readable data facilitates automatic updating of content that is >> currently done manually on Wikipedia, for example, the updating of census >> figures or election results. Wikipedia lists too will be automatically >> created and updated. >> >> >> >> Editing on Wikidata is done through a form-based editor, instead of using >> wiki syntax, the mark-up present on Wikipedia, which new editors generally >> find tedious. >> >> >> >> Once Wikidata is fully operational, it will act as an interchange point >> for more Wiki projects, such as the Wikimedia Commons, a media repository. >> Wikidata is governed by the Creative Commons Public Domain license, which >> renders the data on it copyright-free. As the Wikidata API is freely >> available and the software is open licensed, you could run your own >> instance. The availability of interwiki data and API opens up many >> possibilities -- data extraction, data mash-ups, using interwiki metadata >> for regional or localised Wikipedias, and expanding the scope of apps such >> as the *Interwiki Redirect Service <http://interwikiredir.appspot.com/>*. >> Pintscher says, *“In the near future we'll see the roll-out of phase 2 >> of Wikidata and then the adaption of that on the Wikipedias. With time I >> hope that more and more players outside Wikimedia will make use of Wikidata >> and build great things on top of it. I'm sure they'll come up with many >> things we haven't even thought of yet.”* >> >> >> >> Wikidata has the potential to be a repository of repositories where the >> sum total of human knowledge coalesces, a database that glues together >> Wikipedias of all 285 (and counting) languages. >> >> >> >> Important Note : Non-commercial reproduction for informative purposes only. >> The publisher ( Tech2 ) of the above news article owns the copyrights >> of the article / content. 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