Hey folks :)
In case you have not seen it yet. I'm sure there is lots that can be
done with Wikidata here.
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From: Daniel Mietchen <daniel.mietchen(a)googlemail.com>
Date: Fri, Oct 23, 2015 at 5:20 AM
Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Open Science Prize launched
To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
this week, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, together with the
Wellcome Trust and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute launched the
Open Science Prize:
It invites teams to propose or refine technical infrastructure that
makes innovative use of open data or that advances open science more
generally, though with a focus on biomedicine.
The awards will be made in two phases - 6 at $80k each in Phase 1, and
in Phase 2, $230k for the winning team among these 6.
Teams must have at least one member each inside and outside the US,
and team members can be individuals, groups or legal entities (e.g. a
GLAM, a company or a city). The abstracts of the submissions will be
public, and openness beyond that is strongly encouraged.
Deadline for submissions to Phase 1 is February 29, 2016.
For official announcements, see
and for an initial blog post by one of the members of the expert panel
for the prize, see
As I am involved in the organization of the prize as part of my work,
I cannot be part of any submitting team, but I will be happy to answer
any procedural questions you may have.
Please feel free to forward this to communities that you think might
be interested in coming up with an idea to submit.
Thanks and cheers,
Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at:
Lydia Pintscher - http://about.me/lydia.pintscher
Product Manager for Wikidata
Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.
Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24
Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e. V.
Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Berlin-Charlottenburg
unter der Nummer 23855 Nz. Als gemeinnützig anerkannt durch das
Finanzamt für Körperschaften I Berlin, Steuernummer 27/681/51985.
Issue 1: Tests are failing as I am not able to
Any Idea where i can find this file?
Issue 2: FetchOnlineDataExample is failing due to MediaWikiApiErrorException
E:\temp\WikiData\Execute>call java -cp wdtk-examples-0.5.0.jar
Picked up JAVA_TOOL_OPTIONS: -Dfile.encoding=UTF8
Error: A JNI error has occurred, please check your installation and try
Exception in thread "main" java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError:
at java.lang.Class.getDeclaredMethods0(Native Method)
Caused by: java.lang.ClassNotFoundException:
... 7 more
[People not interested in financial data can stop reading here - this is
only indirectly related to Wikidata but I asked Lydia and John for
permission to post this so I hope you don't mind]
my name is Thomas and I am the co-founder of a new crowd-sourcing website
for fundamental financial data (that is our focus is clearly on finance, so
I don't think we are a "competitor" of Wikidata) called SimFin.
I am writing to you because we launched our open beta just two weeks ago
and we are now looking for feedback, especially from people with experience
in working in a crowd-powered-environment where data is in a structured
way, just like at Wikidata.
I would be especially interested in your feedback regarding the data
entering and review process, since I coded and designed the whole system
myself from scratch and tried to make the data entering process as easy as
Just to make it clear, all the data on our site is freely accessible and
can be exported quickly. In fact, the core idea behind SimFin is to offer a
free service that can rival professional (and very expensive) tools used to
access fundamental financial data, such as Bloomberg or Factset, in terms
of functionality, while still being free because of the community generated
Sample company page: https://simfin.com/data/companies/1
The same company in wikidata as reference, there are some similarities:
Thanks for reading
I am putting together an application (not for WMF) regarding science
data in wikis. I have put up a few notes about it on a subpage on my
user page on Wikidata:
I am interested in representing science data, initially neuroimaging
result data, in a collaborative environment where further data analysis
can be made in the form of statistical meta-analysis. I have done a bit
of testing on test.wikidata.org.
I doubt that with the notability criteria on Wikidata that all such data
will be appropriate for Wikidata, but Wikibase could be an interesting
tool to setup.
I am interested in hearing if any others would have a science Wikibase
in mind. I know the Gene Wiki people are (of course) adding material to
Wikidata. Daniel Mietchen pointed me to one other Wikibase instance, -
the Europeana, see the pointer at http://wikiba.se/projects/
I could set my own Wikibase up, but I believe it would be more
interesting with a joint effort whatever that might be. I even wonder if
WMF would be interested.
Comments and contributions are welcome.
Finn Årup Nielsen
Based on a script by Marius Hoch
(https://github.com/mariushoch/asparagus) I created a command line
client to access Wikidata Query Service. The current release 0.2.0
includes the following features:
* adding of default namespaces if needed
* multiple output formats
* abbreviate Wikidata URIs if requested
* directly export to Excel (requires additional CPAN module)
* fancy colors
Usage Examples are given at https://github.com/nichtich/wdq#examples
Bug reports and feature requests at
Pull requests are welcome if you know some Perl. By now its 300 LoC and
~200 documentation, the largest contribution would be a WDQ to SPARQL
translator as implemented here: https://github.com/smalyshev/wdq2sparql
Jakob Voß <jakob.voss(a)gbv.de>
Verbundzentrale des GBV (VZG) / Common Library Network
Platz der Goettinger Sieben 1, 37073 Göttingen, Germany
+49 (0)551 39-10242, http://www.gbv.de/
This is a last call for supporting the StrepHit IEG proposal before the
formal review period (October 20th):
StrepHit is a Natural Language Processing pipeline that harvests
structured data from raw text and produces Wikidata statements with
*reference URLs* from *reliable* sources.
We have already received lots of precious endorsements for which we are
grateful, but your voice is crucial and we are missing yours!
If you like the idea, please consider clicking on the *endorse* blue
button on the project page.
Looking forward to your updates.
does somebody know why suddenly the BRCA1 human gene item (Q227339) was
changed into the protein by the BRCA1 bot in August?
The protein was (and still is) the entry 'Breast cancer type 1
susceptibility protein' (Q17487737).
While the mouse BRCA1 gene Brca1 (Q14862219) is still there the human
BRCA1 gene is gone.
I just noticed it because it was my standard test gene for my program, I
don't know if the bot has changed any other gene items.