On Sat, Mar 12, 2016 at 2:14 PM Christopher Johnson <
I am developing a scientific terms thesaurus and have discovered that
existing Wikipedia "page redirect titles" provide a useful way to resolve
an odd or archaic form to a "canonical" term label as it is represented by
the Wikipedia page title (aka Wikidata "sitelink"). For example,
In Wikidata, these "page redirect titles" are not represented in the data
model except very inconsistently and sparsely as skos:altLabel or
("alias"). My use case is that I would like to be able to query Wikidata
for these page redirect titles in order to resolve odd multi-linguistic
names to an single concept.
My question is that if I were to create a bot that imported all "page
redirect titles" for a given sitelink and created them with the
skos:altLabel property en masse, is this a valid semantic relationship?
Or, should it rather be represented as ?sitelink owl:sameAs <page redirect
URI>? Or both?
Furthermore,, in some cases (z.B. mis-spellings), skos:hiddenLabel may be
more appropriate, but this has no definition in the data model. There
potentially would be a lot of clutter in the UI without a hiddelLabel alias
property. Also, there are no types for page redirects in Wikipedia, afaik.
Additional value for the searching in the WIkidata UI could probably be
obtained from indexing these alternate page titles as well.
There are several points to address:
1) Should redirects from Wikipedia be imported as aliases on Wikidata? No.
This has been done before and created a massive amount of cleanup work
because the redirects contained a lot of not meaningful misspellings and
more. Please do not import them to Wikidata without approval through the
bot approval process and clear quality control.
2) Should we allow more fine-grained distinction between real aliases and
misspellings in the UI and datamodel? No. I don't believe this is worth the
complexity and resulting discussions/edit wars and more.
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