Here at DBpedia, we are about to apply for a Wikimedia grant under the code name
GlobalFactSyncRE. The ultimate goal of the project is to extract all infobox facts and
their references found in over 120 Wikipedia language editions and produce a tool for
Wikipedia editors that detects and displays differences across infobox facts in an
intelligent way to help sync infoboxes between languages and/or Wikidata. The extracted
references will also be used to enhance Wikidata.
This is our third, and hopefully a successful, application for a Wikimedia grant, which is
only available at
The evaluation review from the previous application was already quite good and the
reviewers were interested in supporting the project, however, the quality of the project
idea had to be improved in order to reach better scoring and receive the funding. In this
direction, we did following updates to the proposal:
i) Updates regarding technological capabilities: created prototypes for some core ideas in
the previous proposal, switched to a monthly release cycle of all extractions.
ii) Changes to the proposal itself: updated the template mapping statistics, elaborated
more on the Freebase inclusion in Wikidata.
iii) New prototype and new ideas: the UI is updated, sync symbols can be shown with a
gadget, new tests and included data from the Dutch and German National library, live
version - on request extracting data from Wikipedia and its comparison to Wikidata.
A complete summary of all the updates can be found at
We are happy to hear your opinion and discuss particular aspects of the project idea.
We are looking forward to a fruitful collaboration with you and we thank you for your
Thank you and all the best,
Project grant: GlobalFactSyncRE
Grantee: Sebastian Hellmann
Institute for Applied Informatics (InfAI) @ Leipzig University
Knowledge Integration and Linked Data Technologies (KILT) / AKSW
Goerdelerring 9, Leipzig, Germany