WereSpielChequers, 31/01/2017 09:39:
> I'm not an admin on commons, but where I am an admin it would be
> expected that you would check the history of a file before deleting it.
It's expected on Commons too, see
When mistakes happen on Commons, we're sometimes too quick at
generalising. Currently Commons has issues with one or two rampant
admins who make semi-random deletions en masse (and even edit war on
deletion requests). Hopefully the situation is temporary.
Sorry for reviving an old thread, but yesterday I was working on adding the
World Bank numbers for maternal mortality and was wondering if I could add
the data to the new tabular data on Commons. I am not sure if it's possible
to make the data points multi-lingual (the way the list of countries in
Wikidata are multi-lingual). The page with the numbers is here:
I do think we should have these lists on Wikipedia, if only for the
Millenium Development Goals:
If the tabular data resides on Commons then the chance of it getting
updated promptly each year is much more likely, I think.
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From: Yair Rand <yyairrand(a)gmail.com>
Date: Wed, May 27, 2015 at 9:56 AM
Subject: Re: [Wikidata] Help needed: a project to pull data from the World
To: "Discussion list for the Wikidata project." <
Just skimming through the list of World Bank data, it looks like most of
this would require unit support for quantity properties, which is not yet
available. (See https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T77977 . Unit support is
currently listed in the development plan right after access for remaining
sister projects and arbitrary access, so I would assume it's not that far
off.) Until this is ready, we can't add any data that is measured in square
kilometers, dollars, kilowatt hours, metric tons, hectares, kilograms,
Of the rest of the data, much of it seems to be too specific for how data
is normally entered, and some might be difficult to reasonably add simply
due to the limited number of statements the software appears to be able to
That leaves things like total population, urban/rural populations,
mortality rates, battle-related deaths (though we might want to first find
out how a negative number of people died in Syria two years ago... (?)),
migration, trademark applications, and many others.
(None of this actually answers your request, but I just wanted to point out
the current limitations.)
On Fri, May 22, 2015 at 5:08 PM, Sylvia Ventura <sventura(a)wikimedia.org>
> I work in the Strategic Partnerships team at the Wikimedia Foundation, and
> I'm in initial conversations with the World Bank and several other large
> NGOs about using their open data sets in our projects.
> The World Bank maintains a large data set of statistics on countries, and
> is ready to start a pilot test with us. They suggested us to look for a
> sample of specific indicators that are missing in Wikidata/Wikipedia that
> could either be linked to or imported into Wikidata. Examples could go from
> basic indicators like population to more specific data like “% of country's
> population with access to water”.
> I'm looking for technical help to work with our contacts at the World
> Bank. For instance, what is the best way to:
> *compare the World Bank's indicators with Wikidata's properties, and see
> what are we missing today that would be interesting to collect, either in
> Wikidata or directly through templates in Wikipedia
> **pull/connect that content from the World Bank into our servers
> This is what is available today: http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/all
> I also welcome your advice starting this project following community
> processes and standards. Could https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/
> Wikidata:WikiProject_Economics serve as a starting point?
> Thank you and happy Hackathon for those in Lyon!
> Sylvia Ventura
> Strategic Partnerships
> Wikimedia Foundation
> Wikidata mailing list
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We have now published an adapted, translated English version of the guide:
The guide is based on feedback and comments from experienced Wikimedia
Commons users. However, we are of course happy for any feedback or comments
from your side.
If you want to create an adapted version for your language / your country /
your context, please do not hesitate to drop us a line and we can share the
Indesign files with you.
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From: Oleksiy Muzalyev <oleksiy.muzalyev(a)bluewin.ch>
Date: Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 12:52 AM
Subject: [OSM-talk] adding Wikimedia videos to OpenStreetMap objects
To: Talk Openstreetmap <talk(a)openstreetmap.org>
Dear fellow mappers,
It is possible now to upload to the Wikimedia Commons the videos which
illustrate Wikipedia articles. On Saturday I went to the highest summit of
the Swiss portion of the Jura mountains, Mont Tendre
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mont_Tendre> , and filmed a short, 4
minutes, video about it.
Then I added this video to the respective Wikimedia category and to the
Wikidata page, and added wikidata=* and wikimedia commons=* tags to the OSM
node of the summit: http://www.openstreetmap.org/node/343335042
I used for filming the cameras Sony RX100 V and DJI Osmo, and for the
aerial footage the latest DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ quad-copter. The Wikimedia
accepts videos in the free open WEBM format, so I converted the MP4 file
into WEBM with the ffmpeg <https://ffmpeg.org/> command line tool.
The quality of the resulting WEBM video:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mont_Tendre_Jura.webm (select at
least 1080P resolution in the player for viewing)
is comparable with its Youtube version:
The DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ has got a camera with one inch image sensor and
improved lenses. In my opinion, it is the first aircraft of this class
capable to film really useful aerial photos and 4K aerial videos. Creating
a good video is not a trivial task, still there is a lot of information on
it, and the quality equipment is readily available.
And it is kind of interesting. In fact, we could climb on the Mont Tendre
only from the third attempt. Two first attempts failed due to the snow,
wind, low outside temperature, and the remoteness of a location (it is also
the most isolated mountain of the canton of Vaud), besides we had to carry
the equipment. Probably, I would never did it in winter, if it were not for
A video may convey much of significant information about a location. It may
provide not only ground and aerial footage, but also some practical advice
and insights via a microphone. Perhaps, in future we may think about
creating a video=* key for direct linking to the videos with a Creative
Commons license. But even now it is possible to do it via wikidata=* and
With best regards,
talk mailing list
Hello Wikimedia community,
It’s our delight to inform you that we received a US$3,015,000 grant from
the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_P._Sloan_Foundation>  to expedite
development of structured data on Commons. The grant will be given over the
course of three years, and will allow us to develop a team, in
collaboration with the Wikidata team at Wikimedia Deutschland, that can
focus on integrating the structured data features of Wikidata into
describing the media files on Commons.
This work will allow us to expedite features both on the Wikidata
development roadmap, and in other products supported by the Wikimedia
Foundation. The grant also provides funding to ensure that movement
stakeholders, like Wiki Loves Monuments and GLAM-Wiki program leaders, and
external partners who contribute heavily to Commons, such as GLAMs, can be
involved in the development.
We have drafted a high level overview of the grant and its scope, available
A blog post about the grant is also available on the Wikimedia blog
We are currently in the process of identifying the technical lead for the
project. If you have questions, Alex Stinson, the Foundation’s GLAM-Wiki
strategist, will be leading the community engagement and communications for
the project until we hire a community liaison as part of the grant. Stay
tuned for more details about the project in the coming months.
We’re excited to be able to support this project, and look forward to your
participation in its development.
Wes Moran and Maggie Dennis
*Wes Moran, Vice President of Product*
*Maggie Dennis, Interim Chief of Community Engagement *