This is an update regarding the dates of test environment and migration of wb_terms table replacement solution.
Due to various complications that the developers in the Wikidata team have been working on solving over the last few weeks, we unfortunately will have to push the dates for when a test environment for tools builders will be ready, which was supposed to be ready today, and the following dates for starting migration of wb_terms data into the new schema in production.
The new dates are:
You can find more information regarding those dates and how to prepare for them in this task, and we have dedicated a board to receive and help with any questions from tool builders that need to update their tools accordingly.
In order to keep all discussions in one place, we kindly ask you to react or ask your questions on Phabricator.
As a reminder, if you want to discuss with the developers, ask questions and get help in order to update your tools, you can join the IRC Mediawiki meeting, today at 15:00 UTC on #wikimedia-tech.
This is an important announcement for all the tool builders and maintainers who access Wikidata’s data by querying directly Labs database replicas.
In May-June 2019, the Wikidata development team will drop the
wb_termstable from the database in favor of a new optimized schema. Over years, this table has become too big, causing various issues.
This change requires the tools using
wb_termsto be updated. Developers and maintainers will need to adapt their code to the new schema before the migration starts and switch to the new code when the migration starts.
The migration will start on May 29th. On May 15th, a test system will be available for you to test your code.
The table being used by plenty of external tools, we are setting up a process to make sure that the change can be done together with the developers and maintainers, without causing issues and broken tools. Most of the documentation and updates will take place on Phabricator:
- In this Phabricator task, you can find a description of the changes and the process, and you can ask for more details or for help in the comments. This is also where updates will be announced if necessary.
- On the Tool Builders Migration board you will find all the details about the migration, how to update your tool, and you can add your own tasks.
- If you need to discuss with the Wikidata developers or get more specific help, we set up two dedicated IRC meetings and a session at the Wikimedia hackathon. More information in this task.
We are aware that this change will ask you to make some important changes in your code, and we are willing to help you as much as our resources allow us to. We hope that you will understand that this change is made to avoid bigger issues in the near future.
Note that this change is not impacting Wikibase instances outside of Wikidata. A dedicated migration plan and announcement will follow.
We strongly encourage you to not wait until last minute to make the changes in your code. If you have any question or issue, we will be happy to help. In order to keep the discussions in one place, please ask questions or raise issues directly in the Phabricator task and board.
Thanks for your understanding,Cheers,--Léa Lacroix
Project Manager Community Communication for Wikidata
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