Thank you very much for this quick and very diverse wave of feedback. I'm trying to keep the description of up to date, and you are welcome to edit too.

The deliverable of this goal is basically documentation, so the first question is where should that documentation live. Somewhere under ? In Meta? In Outreach? Elsewhere? As soon as we have an answer we can start documenting on-wiki, business as usual.

We need a name for this "framework". It can be a working name used for practical reasons. I'm starting to use Wiki Loves Open Data / WLOD, but only in my brain (now it's the first time that I write it down). Please propose better alternatives if you have them.

For now we will keep the discussion here, but people willing to get involved as a contributor / stakeholder should get ready to follow the work in Phabricator. We will start with subtasks blocking T101950, jumping to an own project only if needed.

Some replies to feedback received:

* If you are involved or in touch with an open data organization, you are encouraged to add yourselves to "Organizations interested" at

* Having real cases with real problems is the best way to focus on what really matters. There is a section "The problem" where we should list the problems that are blocking or making difficult fruitful contributions to Wikidata.

* Where to publish entire datasets... Something tells me that this is not the most urgent and important problem that we have, but the community definitely knows better, so correct me if I'm wrong. I think our main use case are organizations having certain types of data that would be great to have in Wikipedia via Wikidata. Whatever is the most urgent problem, we need to be very selective in the scope we want to address in this quarterly goal.

* The experience of maintainers of current projects like ProteinBoxBot is very very useful. Please do not hesitate getting into details, creating subtasks to address specific problems, etc.

* Scott, I have the impression that we need to define this framework a bit before projects like yours can jump in and find their ways for contributing. I don't have a good reply to you right now, and this goal is precisely about offering a framework useful to you, useful to Wikimedia.

Looking forward to your feedback and to start editing on a wiki page soon. 

On Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 8:09 PM, Info WorldUniversity <> wrote:
Hi Quim, Sylvia, Lydia and Wikidatans, 

In terms of strategic partnerships with CC Wikidata, and this Wikidata Engineering Community project looking for -

 "* people that have been in touch with organizations willing to contribute their open data" - 

in what ways could CC World University and School contribute our early CC Nation State Universities, e.g. Mexico World University and School - - (with only the CC MIT OCW in Spanish so far, and not yet in Spanish otherwise)? See also, for example, the Nation States' wiki subject page at WUaS - Each wiki Nation-State University at CC WUaS, seeks to accredit in each country in their main languags to offer online CC baccalaureate, Ph.D., Law and M.D. degrees, and also I.B. high school degrees, if possible, based on CC MIT OCW in 7 languages and CC Yale OYC, to begin. 

In addition, CC World University would like to facilitate wiki / Wikidata schools for open teaching and learning in each of all 7,929+ languages. As planned interlingual wiki schools for highest quality universal education, CC World University and School would like to explore developing in Wikidata, and become a growth story also for Wikidata. World University would thus like to explore contributing our open data in these regards. 

In what ways might WUaS best contribute in terms of a strategic partnerships re this Wikidata Engineering Community project ? Perhaps World University could become a part of the"community framework allowing Wikidata content and tech contributors, data engineers, and open data organizations to collaborate effectively." Thank you.

Info (Scott)

On Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 9:48 AM, Benjamin Good <> wrote:

I'm not familiar with GLAM or what you are really asking for here.  Could you elaborate a little?  Our group is actively engaged in writing bots for populating wikidata with trusted biomedical information and for using that information to drive applications such as Wikipedia.  Processes for making this easier would be most welcome.  A lot of what we are doing and hoping to do is described on this bot page:


On Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 9:23 AM, David Cuenca Tudela <> wrote:
Hello Quim,

There was always the issue of where to publish datasets from partner organisations like a

Is that being considered in this new iteration?


On Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 6:19 PM, Romaine Wiki <> wrote:
Hello Quim,

We have in Belgium (as Wikimedia Belgium) a partner organisation who is together with us working with cultural institutions to get open datasets to be used in Wikidata.

So yes, we are interested.


2015-07-01 17:31 GMT+02:00 Quim Gil <>:
Hi, it's first of July and I would like to introduce you a quarterly goal that the Engineering Community team has committed to:

Establish a framework to engage with data engineers and open data organizations

We are missing a community framework allowing Wikidata content and tech contributors, data engineers, and open data organizations to collaborate effectively. Imagine GLAM applied to data. 

If all goes well, by the end of September we would like to have basic documentation and community processes for open data engineers and organizations willing to contribute to Wikidata, and ongoing projects with one open data org.

If you are interested, get involved! We are looking for 

* Wikidata contributors with good institutional memory
* people that has been in touch with organizations willing to contribute their open data
* developers willing to help improving our software and programming missing pieces
* also contributors familiar with the GLAM model(s), what works and what didn't work

This goal has been created after some conversations with Lydia Pintscher (Wikidata team) and Sylvia Ventura (Strategic Partnerships). Both are on board, Lydia assuring that this work fits into what is technically effective, and Sylvia checking our work against real open data organizations willing to get involved.

This email effectively starts the bootstrapping of this project. I will start creating subtasks under that goal based on your feedback and common sense.

Quim Gil
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