The wikidata mailing list or wiki would be good venues to continue the
On Thu, 30 Jun 2016 03:54 Quico Prol, <franprol(a)gmail.com> wrote:
I talked with open source hardware community members and also see a great
potencial in this. One of them is working in a Open Source prototyping
I created two example wikidata items releated with it: the open source
prototype board itself (https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q25026145
) and one
its components, a SMD resistance (https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q25030181
IMHO Wikidata is the best host for this idea. Also It already have
propierties like "connector (P2935)" , "power consumed (P2791)",
code repository (P1324)", "sponsor (P859)", "manufacturer
two last ones could may companies contributors and proclive too appear here
and to opensource data.
I see a lot possibilities, problems , solutions , etc, but i don't nknow if
this is the place to expand the conversation,
2016-06-27 12:15 GMT+02:00 Quico Prol <franprol(a)gmail.com>om>:
Hi, how about a wikipedia about objects?
Instead of generic articles of , for example, "Ballpoint pen" or "Bic
cristal" it would be "Ballpoint pen Bic cristal 2014"
Doing these for millions of objects would allow people to have an open,
free, universal and central place to refer specific objects.
*Some possible applications:*
- Creating neutral and standard lists:
Nowadays if anyone create, for example, a tutorial for building
something (DIY projects, receipts, ...) they have to link all items
comercial or no-neutral web which could change
its url in the future
redirect it to adds or whatever.
Lists could be created in external webpages linking wikimedia objects
webpage or/and could be created as category pages in Wikipedia. For
example, currently, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car_of_the_Year
article lists cars which won COTY award but not links to the specific
(AUDI A3 Hatchback 2012 - Present) but generic
serie (Audi A3).
The good thing at this point it's that to start creating object
lists only item name is necessary, no infoboxes or description needed.
- Universal repository for inventories:
Lot of business fill their inventories again and again with same data
("cardboard box 50x30x15", "step by step nema motor 17", ... )
be able to import this data from a open
website with their
info like GTIN , SKU , Barcode... and more
in the future weight,
- Encourage Recycling and Reutilitation:
Imagine if we use wikidata properties (
"has part" and "part of" , people will find other uses for
discover were to find
- Social activism and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Companies have info and metrics about their costumers (habits,
location, ...) why not costumers have info about companies products,
manufacture what?, what products have a good
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_footprint>?, what products have
been retired from some problem?, what are Fair Trade?. This also can
companies do better.
*Very rough roadmap*:
1. At the very begining, using wikidata infrestructure, objects would
only have common info like "name", " image", "related
First use cases could be doing lists or grouping objects by
2. Step by step new fields could be added like "manufacturer" ,
3. A separated website could be created. wikiobject.org
availiabe so url could be something like objects.wikpedia.org
4. In a long-term in order to explote all the possibilities of this
project more complex fields and relations would have to be managed,
for example "fridges with energy class
A+++ and width less than 80
which could be easy if all always were similar
but nothing further
A friend of mine and me tried to build a demo version in an home-made
apache cassandra cluster four years ago, but we don't have enough
and knowledge for that.
In my humble opinion, problem with wikipedia funding It's that most part
of its users don't see culture as a need (sorry for that, I am a sporadic
donor). In Wikiobject case I think it could rather be different.
If part of companies business lies on this project, companies will be
inclined to donate to improve performace,
usability, etc.. maybe similar
what happens in Linux.
Where came this need from? Data needed for some software to run, product
vissibility, costumer requests, etc ... , no advertisement needed, It
be a need and standart.
I trully believe that world need something like this, and the correct
people to do it, to warranty openness and independence, are you.
thanks for your time and attention,
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