In 2018, the Wikidata development team enabled Lexemes, Forms and Senses on
Wikidata, allowing everyone across the Wikimedia projects to gather
structured data about words and languages. Lexicographical data has been
growing, thanks to the effort of the community who added, up to this point,
more than 661K Lexemes in 846 different languages on Wikidata (13 languages
having more than 1500 Lexemes - see statistics here
In order to make this data usable and useful, one missing feature was the
ability to access and use the data from Wikidata’s Lexicographical Data on
the other Wikimedia projects via Lua modules. This feature has been
requested for a long time by editors, and after a test phase on a few
Wiktionaries, we are happy to announce that *Lua access to Wikidata Lexeme
will be enabled on June 21st on all Wikimedia projects*.
Practically, Lua access means that we created some new Lua functions that
will allow you to *integrate Lexemes, Forms and Senses from Wikidata on any
of the pages of any Wikimedia wiki*. Among many possibilities that this
feature offers, you will be able to create for example: conjugation or
declination tables, stubs of Wiktionary entries, tools displaying the
meaning of a word on Wikisource, and many other things, depending on what
your project needs. Until someone on your project writes a Lua module that
makes use of these new functions and then uses this module on a page,
nothing changes for your project.
In order to use it, people with experience with Lua modules and templates
can look at *the documentation
the available functions*. You can also have a look at simple example
showing the singular and plural forms of an English noun: the template
module <https://en.wiktionary.beta.wmflabs.org/wiki/Module:Wdl-en-noun>, the
Following the deployment of this feature, we are confident that several
editors will start creating their own modules for Wikisource or Wiktionary
- we invite you to *share your experiments on this talk page
other people can discover what you have been doing and get inspired.
If you’re involved on a Wiktionary or Wikisource, feel free to share this
announcement around and to try the feature with your community.
If you have any questions or feedback, or if you want to discuss with other
editors, feel free to use the talk page of the lexicographical data project
<https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata_talk:Lexicographical_data> or the
related Telegram group <https://t.me/+TwVx84TOZfJ0-JvK>. To report a
technical issue, feel free to use this Phabricator ticket
Thanks for your attention and have fun with Lexemes!
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