Whilst that may be so, please nobody suggest
dismantling any categories on
Commons, unless and until Commons specifically asks for it.
As I learnt today, some on Commons are touchy enough just about the *idea*
of Commons Wikibase, never mind anything being stored on it.
Probably I was being over-facetious with my selection of the words
"Midsummer Morning" in my example. (But then it wasn't me that assigned
The serious point is that I do believe there will be valuable-to-identify
sets and subsets that may not be captured just by properties (unless the
property is "belongs to this particular set")
So it wasn't just pictures taken from *any* cellphone *any* midsummer
morning I was looking to identify, but pictures from one particular
cellphone one particular midsummer morning, that happened to make a set.
Similarly I think it is possible to imagine other useful sets that
wouldn't be necessarily be identified by a property that pointed to
something with a particular Q-number; nor even a combination of such
On 18/08/2014 18:53, Magnus Manske wrote:
If I may chime in: Most, if not all, of the
(overly specific) categories
Commons can be expressed by statements. So, storing the data/time from
or otherwise would allow for a "midsummer morning" query. Adding EXIF
camera model to the file data item would allow to query for cellphones (it
would probably reference the cellphone model item on Wikidata, which in
turn is an instance of cell phone).
This can be done with live queries a la WDQ, or stored procedures a la
"complex queries" which are planned for Wikidata, as a click-on category
replacement, if such a thing is desired.
On Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 3:22 PM, James Heald <j.heald(a)ucl.ac.uk> wrote:
Something that occurs to me is that one may well want to include Commons
categories in such a database, not just files, which presumably might be
stored on a page like
Info:Category:Insert random Commons category intersection here
so that one could then ask whether a file belongs to such a category or
not, and the data would all be in the database.
Such categories (or sets) may well not be Wikidata notable, for example:
Category:Pictures I took on my cellphone one midsummer morning
so we cannot assume they have Q-numbers.
But it would be nice if we could describe such properties using the
existing Wikidata syntax, ie via a property Pxyz = "belongs to set", and
then an item number for the set it belonged to.
Since the items wouldn't be on Wikidata, it would be useful if they had a
different namespace, eg C nnnnnn
Of course some of the categories would be on Wikidata, so for such
categories one would want to create a tie between the item on Commons
Wikibase and the item on Wikidata,
C nnnnn <--> Q mmmmm
Sorry if I'm being premature and getting ahead of things, but this is the
sort of thing I had in the back of my mind.
On the other hand I can quite see if, to start with, you want only to
files as items on Commons WikiBase (CWB ?). But even then, it's quite
nice to have an Wikidata-style identifier syntax for talking about them,
eg C nnnnn again.
(I'm not particularly hung up about the "C" -- it could be anything. But
"F" for file is perhaps potentially too restrictive for future
Just typing out of the top of my head here,
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