I’m excited to announce the new roadmap of the Wikidata development team
for Wikidata and Wikibase for the year 2021!
In 2021 we will continue developments to increase data quality and trust in
Wikidata. Among the initiatives are to find more ways for people to find
biases and gaps in the data and compare Wikidata’s data against other
databases to find mismatches. We will also finish up the work from last
year on a visual query builder to simplify querying.
We will be releasing the first version of the new REST API to make it
easier for 3rd-party developers to build applications using data from
We will also work on making interface improvements for lexicographical data
to make it more usable and attractive for contributors.
On the Wikibase side of things, we will officially release the lightweight,
first version of Wikidata-Wikibase Federation that allows accessing remote
Wikidata properties in a custom Wikibase instance. We will then develop and
release an enhanced version of this feature after incorporating feedback
We will also:
Implement a new release strategy and infrastructure for Wikibase
packages and create user documentation for the Wikibase Docker update
Investigate how to give Wikibase admins the option to change certain
configuration options through a UI without directly editing
Develop a web service for users to instantly create a temporary Wikibase
sandbox so they can quickly and easily evaluate if the software is a fit
for their project.
Continue to collaborate with OPEN!NEXT <https://opennext.eu/> to provide
support for partners including set up of Wikibase instances, data
modelling, maintenance, and API development.
The most up-to-date versions of the roadmap can be found here:
You can click on the different items to see further information, like a
description or planned start date.
In addition, we’re also presenting status updates
on what was achieved for each of the 2020 goals.
Please note that the roadmap only presents the main projects that the
development team will work on during 2021. Critical and ongoing tasks (e.g.
maintenance of the software and fixing pressing bugs) are not mentioned in
the roadmap, but will be included in the workflow over the year. The
roadmap is based on estimations and will evolve during the year. The
roadmap does not contain events we are attending or organizing.
If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to add them on this talk
*Community Communications Manager for Wikidata/Wikibase*
Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.
Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24