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.


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.
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>> --
>> Regards,
>> Srikanth Ramakrishnan,
>> Sathyamangalam-Gobichettipalayam Star Gazers, Coimbatore.
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