(This message is also posted at the Commons Village Pump, and the SDC talk
The Structured Data on Commons  team plans to release support for
depicts statements this week, on Thursday, 18 April. The community's
testing over the past several weeks  helped identify and fix issues
before launch, and the development team spent time setting up extensive
internal testing to make sure the release goes as well as possible.
This release is very simple, with only the most basic depicts statements
available. There is a significant amount of technological change happening
with this project, and this release contains a lot of background change
that the team needs to make sure works fine live on Commons before adding
further support. More parts to depicts statements, and other statements,
will be released within the next few weeks.
A page for depicts has been set up at Commons:Depicts  As I can't
actually write instructive Commons policy or guidelines, I encourage those
who have tried out simple depicts tagging add a few lines to the page
suggesting proper use of the tool. I also encourage the use to be
conservative at first, as we wait for more advanced features within the
coming month or two as additional statement support goes live.
I'll keep the community updated as the plans progress throughout the week,
the team will know better within the next day or two if things are
definitely okay to proceed with release.
Community Relations Specialist
Our projects, our organisation is fractured. In the perception of many we
are Wikipedia but in actuality there is no Wikipedia, there are over 180
Wikipedias. There are projects other than Wikipedia but for all kinds of
reasons they are not known, as a brand they have little recognition. At
this time we are considering how we can be our best in the future. One
recommendation of a marketing organisation is to rename the whole lot and
Another approach is to strengthen the "Wikimedia" brand. This proposal aims
to achieve exactly that.
It has been said all too often: "sharing in the sum of all knowledge.." Our
knowledge is fractured like our projects and in a "Wikimedia search
engine" we change our focus from article/text centred to subject centred.
This brings the result from our projects together in one display. Like
other search engines, results are presented in a tabbed display. Obviously
it will have images from Commons, data presentations from Wikidata,
articles from Wikipedias, search results from "your" Wikipedia, dictionary
content from Wiktionary books from Wikisource.. All the components we have,
it is just a matter of sticking things together. This is not hard.
In the 2030 proposals we aim to collaborate widely. So what could it mean
for libraries.. Why not have a tab where you can search *your* library and
reserve a book. Why not point to OpenLibrary as well for books available
for reading. So what could it mean for science. Obviously all the
references used in every Wikipedia are known. We know about the public data
in ORCiD and for all the scientists involved we have a Scholia. For all the
publications we have a Scholia. For all the universities we have a Scholia.
For every subject studied in academia we have a Scholia. In a next
generation of Scholia the information is localised.
The "Wikimedia search engine is not only about consuming information, it is
also a Wiki. People can sign on using their Wikimedia profile or a profile
of one of the organisations we collaborate with. In this way a scientist
may trigger an update from ORCiD and update his Scholia .. he may even
update his ORCiD data from Crossref if there are new publications. When a
word, a concept is not known we will ask to provide us with the necessary
meta data to possibly link it to known. When a word for a subject in a
language is unknown, we ask people to link it to words for the same concept
in an other language improving search. We enable people interested in
pictures to upload their pictures in order to improve our coverage of any
and all subjects.
The best part.. We do not have to provide all of this in one go. Our
strategy aims for 2030. Having said that, I am sure that most of this can
be functioning within a few months.