Lucie, Lydia and Wikidatans, 

You really are "making true on one of Wikidata's biggest promises" and re too. This is so great, and especially concerning far-reaching translation, including possibly a Universal Translator it would seem, eventually. 

Are there placeholders already for all 7,943+ languages in Glottolog - - for example, or in a parallel ISO 639 list - Are there any Wikidata plans for "simply" populating such a list with Wikidata/Wikibase "ecosystem entities" using machine processes? Where would we find please a possible beginning all-languages' "placeholder" list?

In what ways could CC World University and School (which we donated to Wikidata last autumn) upon adding CC MIT OCW in 7 languages into CC Wikidata/Wikibase best translate a MIT OCW course page (e.g. which is already in Spanish and Portuguese) eventually into Odia or Haitian Creole, for example? Might a system of placeholders emerge for such? 

Thank you, and cheers,

On Thu, May 12, 2016 at 9:29 AM, Richard Symonds <> wrote:
Fantastic work! 

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On 12 May 2016 at 06:45, Biyanto Rebin <> wrote:

Goodluck for Wikidata Team. Looking forward for Indonesian regional
language version :)


2016-05-12 2:48 GMT+07:00 Lydia Pintscher <>:

> Hi everyone :)
> Last year Lucie started working on the ArticlePlaceholder (
> in order to
> fullfill Wikidata's promise of supporting especially the smaller
> Wikipedias. Today we have rolled it out on the first 4 Wikipedias:
> Esperanto, Haitian Creole, Neapolitan and Odia. When someone searches for a
> topic where no local article exists but Wikidata has data we will show an
> ArticlePlaceholder with this information and encourage the reader to create
> an article. I hope this will help these Wikipedias by offering their
> readers more content and by turning more of them into active editors.
> In order for the feature to work well we need labels for items and
> properties in these languages on Wikidata. A lot exist already but if you
> want to help out you can find items and properties that need labels in
> these languages at and
> What we rolled out today as usual is a first version. Based on the feedback
> from those 4 Wikipedias we will expand and improve it. One of the next
> things we will do is add the option to translate an article from another
> language if it exists using the Content Translation tool and fix known
> bugs. Things we know are still broken or need work:
> * language fallbacks in the properties are not working so you will see a
> lot of P1234 and so on until a label is added on Wikidata in that language
> * long identifiers break out of the identifier box on the right side and
> don't look good
> * right now you only get an ArticlePlaceholder in the search results when
> Wikidata has at least 3 links to other Wikimedia projects and 3 statements.
> We might need to tweak this number still based on feedback from the first
> Wikipedias. We limit this in order to not encourage readers to create an
> article that will be deleted right after they created it because it isn't
> notable.
> Here are some example pages:
> * Odia:
> * Napolitan:
> * Esperanto:
> * Haitian Creole:
> I'm really excited about making true on one of Wikidata's biggest promises.
> Cheers
> Lydia
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