This was initially rejected, sorry about that.
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From: Guillaume Lederrey <glederrey(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Wed, Jul 22, 2020 at 1:03 PM
Subject: [Wikidata] Wikimedia Commons Query Service (WCQS)
To: Discussion list for the Wikidata project. <wikidata(a)lists.wikimedia.org>rg>,
We are happy to announce the availability of Wikimedia Commons Query
Service (WCQS): https://wcqs-beta.wmflabs.org/
This is a beta SPARQL endpoint exposing the Structured Data on Commons
(SDoC) dataset. This endpoint can federate with WDQS. More work is needed
as we iterate on the service, but feel free to begin using the endpoint.
Known limitations are listed below:
* The service is a beta endpoint that is updated via weekly dumps. Some
caveats include limited performance, expected downtimes, and no interface,
naming, or backward compatibility stability guarantees.
* The service is hosted on Wikimedia Cloud Services, with limited
resources and limited monitoring. This means there may be random unplanned
The data will be reloaded weekly from dumps. The service will be down
during data reload. With the current amount of SDoC data, downtime will
last approximately 4 hours, but this may increase as SDoC data grows.
* Due to an issue with the dump format, the data currently only dates
back to July 5th. We’re working on getting more up-to-date data and hope to
have a solution soon. (https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T258507
* The MediaInfo concept URIs (e.g.
) are currently HTTP; we may
change these to HTTPS in the near future. Please comment on T258590 if you
have concerns about this change.
* The service is restricted behind OAuth authentication, backed by Commons.
You will need an account on Commons to access the service. This is so that
we can contact abusive bots and/or users and block them selectively as a
last resort if needed.
* Please note that to correctly logout of the service, you need to use
the logout link in WCQS - logging out of just Wikimedia Commons will not
work for WCQS. This limitation will be lifted once we move to production.
* No documentation on the service is available yet. In particular, no
examples are provided yet. You can add your own examples at
following the format at
* Please use the SPARQL template. Note that while there is currently a
bug that doesn’t allow us to change the “Try it!” link endpoint, the
examples will be displayed correctly on the WCQS GUI.
* WCQS is a work in progress and some bugs are to be expected, especially
related to generalizing WDQS to fit SDoC data. For example, current bugs
* URI prefixes specific for SDoC data don’t yet work - you need to use
full URIs if you want to query using them. Relations and Q items are
defined by Wikidata’s URI prefixes, so they work correctly.
* Autocomplete for SDoC items doesn’t work - without prefixes they’d be
unusable anyway, but additional work will be required after we inject SDoC
URI prefixes into WCQS GUI.
* If you find any additional bugs or issues, please report them via
Phabricator with the tag wikidata-query-service.
* We do plan to move the service to production, but we don’t have a
timeline on that yet. We want to emphasize that while we do expect a SPARQL
endpoint to be part of a medium to long-term solution, it will only be part
of that solution. Even once the service is production-ready, it will still
have limitations in terms of timeouts, expensive queries, and federation.
Some use cases will need to be migrated, over time, to better solutions -
once those solutions exist.
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