Welcome to the 300th Weekly Summary!
The weekly newsletter was started by Lydia
at the very beginning of the Wikidata project, even before the first
deployment, to keep the community informed about the developments, the
new projects and tools. More than five years later, the newsletter is
still there, its content powered by the community, and sent every week
all along the years. I wanted to say a warm "thank you!" to each person
who helped filling the Weekly Summary <3
Over the past years, as you know, Wikidata has grown a lot. More
data, more tools, more editors and reusers, more exciting projects led
by the community. The Weekly Summary has evolved with us, and the 300th
edition seems a good moment to ask you all your suggestions about the
newsletter, how it could continue evolving, and how you would like to
On that purpose, you can find a feedback page
to express all your ideas about the Weekly Summary. We're very
interested to know more about your reading habits, the parts you're more
or less interested in, the new topics you would like to share with the
community. Thanks in advance for filling it.
I stay available anytime to discuss with you, feel free to contact me if you have any question or concern! Cheers, Léa
A selection of cool tools on Wikidata
are a few tools that are recommended by some Wikidata community
members. External websites, gadgets or scripts, they are very useful for
Wikidata editors or users!
- The Wikidata Query Service is an infinite source of amazing data and one of the best ways to explore and use Wikidata. (TweetsFactsAndQueries)
- QuickStatements is a powerful tool that can edit or add Wikidata item en masse, via a text editor or importing a spreadsheet. (Éder Porto via Facebook)
- Mix'n'match (manual), which helps us to interlink Wikidata with the rest of the web and the world :-) (Spinster, Siobhan via Twitter)
- WikiShootMe! allows you to see Wikidata items plotted out on a map and shows you whether they have images or not. (Ham II)
- Yair Rand's WikidataInfo script
adds the QID of the equivalent Wikidata item to the page being viewed
(on sister projects), along with its Wikidata label and description. (Andy Mabbett)
measures the degree of completeness of relevant properties of a
Wikidata item and suggests any relevant statements that can be added to
the item. (Rachmat04)
- Template:Wikidata list ("Listeria") Self-updating lists on wiki pages, to drive projects and show results. Over 14,000 now live. (Jheald)
- DuplicateReferences gadget adds a link to copy references and add them to other statements on the same item. (PKM)
- checkConstraints gadget adds notifications on the interface to easily notice the violation of constraints and help people fixing them (Léa)
- Resolve authors
lists scientific articles with the property author name string (P2093)
and groups them on the basis of co-authors and topic, which helps to
distinguish people referred to by identical name strings. (Daniel Mietchen)
- The Wiki Loves Monuments map is powered by Wikidata. You can look for a city and find the monuments around. (Stefano Sabatini via Facebook)
- Upcoming: Wikidata Lab: How to add a lot of data, São Paulo, February 22th
- Upcoming: #datatónCervantes, Wikidata workshop in Madrid, February 24th
- Upcoming: Wikidata workshop in Lausanne, February 24th
- Upcoming: Wikidata seminar, Oxford e-Research Centre, February 28th
- Ongoing: Fourth Annual month wide d:Wikidata:Events/Nepal#Datathon_2018
- Past: Wikidata doathon, 14-15 February 2018, Göttingen
- A Reconciliation Recipe for Wikidata by Martin Poulter
- Some ways Wikidata can improve search and discovery by Martin Poulter
- From Wikidata to Scholia: creating structured linked data to generate scholarly profiles
- Querying Wikidata about Vienna tram lines, by Stefan Daschek
- Using wikidata for linked data WordPress indexes, by Phil Barker
- Using Wikidata to build an authority list of Holocaust-era ghettos
Other Noteworthy Stuff
Did you know?
- Newest properties:
- General datatypes: has command line option, Wolfram Language entity code, total fertility rate, development of anatomical structure, research intervention, permitted food additive, maximum food additive use level
- External identifiers: TheTVDB.com ID, Irish Women Rugby Football Union ID, CATO ID, Directory of Czech publishers ID, ASHRAE refrigerant number, Bulbapedia article, Lemon Amiga identifier, CPC-Power identifier, Libraries.org ID, International Numbering System number, JECFA database ID, JMPR database ID, Uppslagsverket Finland ID, Phasmida Species File ID
- Query examples:
- Newest database reports: winter sport disciplines, people and equipment
- Fixed incomplete "Label:", "Description:" and "Statement:" entity usage messages in various places (phab:T178090). Thanks, Matěj!
- Improved violation messages for ranges involving the current date (e. g. “should not be in the future”).
- Continued work on caching constraint check results.
- Enabled Lua fine-grained usage tracking for better performance on
several more wikis: hywiki, frwiki, svwiki, itwiki, zhwiki, bewiki,
nlwiki, glwiki, and Wikimedia Commons (phab:T187265 phab:T186714)
- Representation and grammatical features of the form can be changed using the UI (WikibaseLexeme) (phab:T173743, phab:T160525)
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