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Deleted gender wars

After reading the excellent analysis of AfD vs gender by Andrew Gray, where he writes about the articles that faced and survived the “Article for Deletion” process, I couldn’t help but wonder what happened to the articles that were not kept, that is, where AfD was “successful”. So I quickly took all article titles from […]

The Hand-editor’s Tale

Disclaimer: I am the author of Listeria, and maintainer of ListeriaBot. In January 2016, User:Emijrp had an idea. Why not use that newfangled Listeria tool, a bot that generates lists based on Wikidata, and puts them on Wikipedia pages, to maintain a List of Women Linguists on English Wikipedia? It seemed that a noble cause […]

What else?

Structured Data on Commons is approaching. I have done a bit of work on converting Infoboxes into statements, that is, to generate structured data. But what about using it? What could that look like? Inspired by a recent WMF blog post, I wrote a simple demo on what you might call “auto-categorisation”. You can try […]

The blind referee

A quick blog post, before the WordPress editor dies on my again… Wikidata is great. Wikidata with references is even better. So I have written a little tool called Referee. It checks a Wikidata item, collects web pages that are linked via external ID statements, and via associated Wikipedia pages, and checks them for potential […]

Recommendations

Reading Recommending Images to Wikidata Items by Miriam, which highlights missing areas of image coverage in Wikidata (despite being the most complete site in the WikimediaVerse, image-wise), and strategies to address the issue, I was reminded of an annoying problem I have run into a few times. My WD-FIST tool uses (primarily) SPARQL to find […]

Mix’n’match interface update

I have been looking into a JavaScript library called vue.js lately. It is similar to React, but not encumbered by licensing issues (that might prevent its use on WMF servers in the future),¬†faster (or so they claim), but most of all, it can work without interference on the server side; all I need for my […]

More mixin’, more matches

Mix’n’match has seen some updates in the past few days. There are about ~170K new entries, in several catalogs: Yle (Finnish Yle freebase => wikidata migration) Orsay Museum artists PSS-Archi architects and buildings SIKART Lexikon zur Kunst in der Schweiz Kansallisbiografia Also, there is a brand-new import tool that anyone (who has made at least […]

Distributed stats

Just about a week after its inception, the Distributed Game has passed 10K (now 12K, since I started writing this text) actions. Enough to see some interesting patterns in the stats. By actions (an action is any decision made), the most popular sub-games are mix’n’match (42%) and matching new articles to existing items (36%), followed […]

Wikidata lists – Full Circle

So my Wikidata list-generating bot Listeria has become popular in certain circles, creating and updating lists of artworks, species, or ORCID ID holders. With the introduction of the Wikidata SPARQL service, Wikidata queries are becoming more mainstream, and lists are a logical next step. At the same time, many Wikipedians lack an awareness of Wikidata, […]

A quick description

So there is a lively discussion about using descriptions from Wikidata in places like Wikipedia search results, especially on mobile. While everyone seems to agree that this is a good idea, camps are forming with supporters of manual and automatically generated descriptions, respectively. Time for an entirely manual description of my POV. At the time […]