We have a small update on the state of WCQS beta:
1) We added a way of using SDoC based prefixes. You can both use prefixes
like sdc: in queries and they will be used in results display. Note that at
this moment it is impossible to pin them to the query directly from GUI.
For more details see . Also note that autocomplete for non-wikdata items
is still not working.
2) Data reload has been automated and will happen around 9AM UTC every
Tuesday - actual time of the update depends on previous, data munging
steps, which do not block the service. It takes now about 3-4h, during
which service is being taken down. There is a maintenance page up when that
happens. Like we mentioned before - this kind of data reload is temporary
and will be replaced when we go into production.
3) We want to focus next on tasks that will help us decide how to move the
service into production.
A reminder - if you find any bugs or issues, don't hesitate to drop as a
ticket on Phabricator with the tag wikidata-query-service.
Zbyszko Papierski (He/Him)
Senior Software Engineer
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
Join the Research Team at the Wikimedia Foundation  for their monthly
Office hours on 2020-09-01 at 16.00-17.00 (UTC).
Through these office hours, we aim to make ourselves more available to
answer some of the research related questions that you as Wikimedia
volunteer editors, organizers, affiliates, staff, and researchers face in
your projects and initiatives (*).
To participate, join the video-call via this Wikimedia-meet link . There
is no set agenda - feel free to add your item to the list of topics in the
etherpad  (You can do this after you join the meeting, too.), otherwise
you are welcome to also just hang out. More detailed information (e.g.
about how to attend) can be found here .
Started in the beginning of 2020 as an experiment , after the first 6
editions we have evaluated the scope and format of the Research office
hours. In order to decrease barriers of accessibility and to facilitate
more direct interaction, we have switched the format from IRC to video
call. We will re-evaluate the current format at the end of the year. We
would also be glad to hear your feedback and/or comments.
(*) Some example cases we hope to be able to support you in:
You have a specific research related question that you suspect you
should be able to answer with the publicly available data and you don’t
know how to find an answer for it, or you just need some more help with it.
For example, how can I compute the ratio of anonymous to registered editors
in my wiki?
You run into repetitive or very manual work as part of your Wikimedia
contributions and you wish to find out if there are ways to use machines to
improve your workflows. These types of conversations can sometimes be
harder to find an answer for during an office hour, however, discussing
them can help us understand your challenges better and we may find ways to
work with each other to support you in addressing it in the future.
You want to learn what the Research team at the Wikimedia Foundation
does and how we can potentially support you. Specifically for affiliates:
if you are interested in building relationships with the academic
institutions in your country, we would love to talk with you and learn
more. We have a series of programs that aim to expand the network of
Wikimedia researchers globally and we would love to collaborate with those
of you interested more closely in this space.
You want to talk with us about one of our existing programs .
Hope to see many of you,
Martin (WMF Research Team)
please find below the announcement of the 2nd DBpedia Stack tutorial.
The first one is here:
includes a video recording.
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Subject: [CfP] 2nd DBpedia Stack Online-Tutorial, Sept 2, 2020
Resent-Date: Sat, 15 Aug 2020 10:57:52 +0000
Date: Sat, 15 Aug 2020 12:55:13 +0200
From: Sebastian Hellmann <pr-aksw(a)informatik.uni-leipzig.de>
Apologies for cross-posting
Over the last year, the DBpedia core team has consolidated great amount
of technology around DBpedia. This tutorial is targeted for developers
(in particular of DBpedia Chapters) that wish to learn how to replicate
local infrastructure such as loading and hosting an own SPARQL endpoint.
A core focus will also be the new DBpedia Stack, which contains several
dockerized applications that are automatically loading data from the
DBpedia databus. The second tutorial will be held on September 2nd, 2020
at 17:00 CEST and it will cover the following topics:
- Using Databus collections (Download)
- Creating customized Databus collections
- Uploading data to the Databus
- Using collections in Databus-ready Docker applications
- Creating dockerized applications for the DBpedia Stack
- Web URL: https://wiki.dbpedia.org/tutorials/2nd-dbpedia-stack-tutorial
- When: September 2nd, 2020 at 17:00-18:00 CEST
- Where: The tutorial will be organized online.Registration is required
- Databus: https://databus.dbpedia.org/
Attending the DBpedia Stack tutorial is free. Registration is required
though. After the registration for the event, you will receive an email
with more instructions. Please register here to be part of the meeting:
- Milan Dojchinovski, AKSW/KILT, DBpedia Association
- Jan Forberg, AKSW/KILT, DBpedia Association
- Julia Holze, InfAI, DBpedia Association
- Sebastian Hellmann, AKSW/KILT, DBpedia Association
We are looking forward to meeting you online!
With kind regards,
The DBpedia Team
Wikimedia is participating in the winter edition of this year's Outreachy <
https://www.outreachy.org/>  (December 2020–February 2021) and plans to
mentor ~6 interns! The deadline to submit projects on the Outreachy website
is September 24th, 2020.
This round will be a bit different for Wikimedia–we are considering keeping
the focus of projects on data science and engineering. We hope that with a
particular theme, interns will have more opportunities to interact with and
support each other, and in turn, they will have a more fulfilling
experience! For example, a project could be to analyze publicly available
Wikimedia datasets to create valuable tools that can help perform vital
tasks or generate insights that help make data-informed decisions. A
project's nature could be coding or non-coding (documentation, design,
research, outreach, translation, etc.). Though we plan to prefer the
projects related to the theme, we still encourage you to reach out if you
have other ideas.
If you would like to share an idea for a project that you would like to
mentor or you are not familiar with the program and want to learn anything
more about it, feel free to reply to this email or leave a note on <
About the Outreachy program:
Outreachy offers three-month internships to work remotely in Free and Open
Source Software (FOSS), coding and non-coding projects with experienced
mentors. These internships run twice a year–from May to August and December
to March. Interns are paid a stipend of USD 5,500 for the three months of
work. They also have a USD 500 stipend to travel to conferences and events.
Interns often find employment after their internship with Outreachy
sponsors or jobs that use the skills they learned during their internship.
This program is open to both students and non-students. Outreachy expressly
invites the following people to apply:
- Women (both cis and trans), trans men, and genderqueer people.
- Anyone who faces under-representation, systematic bias, or
discrimination in the technology industry in their country of residence.
- Residents and nationals of the United States of any gender who are
Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American/American Indian,
Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander.
See a blog post highlighting one of our intern's experience participating
in Outreachy program with Wikimedia <
Some tips for mentors for proposing projects:
- Follow this task description template when you propose a project in
Add #Outreachy (Round 21) tag to it.
- Remember, the project should require an experienced developer ~15 days
to complete and a newcomer ~3 months.
- Each project should have at least two mentors, and one of them should
hold a technical background.
- When it comes to picking a project, you could propose one that is:
- Relevant for your language community or brings impact to the
Wikimedia ecosystem in the future.
- Welcoming and newcomer-friendly and has a moderate learning curve.
- A new idea you are passionate about, there are no deadlines
attached to it; you always wanted to see it happen but couldn't
due to lack
of resources help!
- About developing a standalone tool (possibly hosted on Wikimedia
Toolforge), with fewer dependencies on Wikimedia's core
doesn't necessarily require a specific programming language.
- See roles and responsibilities of an Outreachy mentor <
We look forward to your participation!
Wikimedia organization admins for Outreachy
(Pavithra, Gopa, and Srishti)
Senior Developer Advocate
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
This is an announcement about a new installment of the Language Showcase, a
series of presentations about various aspects of language diversity and its
connection to Wikimedia Projects.
This next installment will deal with the Translatable modules project—a
proposal to make a framework that will make the localization of Scribunto
Lua modules as convenient as the localization of MediaWiki and extensions.
Everyone is welcome, especially developers of modules and templates in all
This session is going to be broadcast over Zoom, and a recording will be
published for later viewing.
Please read below for the event details, including local time, joining
links and do let us know if you have any questions.
Past Language showcases:
== Details ==
# Event: Language Showcase #7
# When: August 26, 2020 (Wednesday) at 12:00 UTC
check local time:
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 961 8509 8382
Translatable modules project—a proposal to make a framework that will make
the localization of Scribunto Lua modules as convenient as the localization
of MediaWiki and extensions.