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Wikibase of Wikibases

The Wikibase registry was one of the outcomes of the first in a series of Federated wikibase workshops organised in partnership with the European research council.

The aim of the registry is to act as a central point for details of public Wikibase installs hosted around the web. Data held about the installs currently includes the URL for the home page, Query frontend URL and SPARQL API endpoint URL (if a query service exists).

During the workshop an initial data set was added, and this can be easily seen using the timeline view of the query service and a query that is explained within this post.

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Mediawiki Developer Summit 2016

The Wikimedia Developer Summit is an event with an emphasis on the evolution of the MediaWiki architecture and the Wikimedia Engineering goals for 2016. Last year the event was called the MediaWiki Developer Summit.

As with last year the event took place in the Mission Bay Center, San Francisco, California. The event was slightly earlier this year, positioned at the beginning of January instead of the end. The event format changed slightly compared with the previous year and also included a 3rd day of general discussion and hacking in the WMF offices. Many thanks to everyone that helped to organise the event!

I have an extremely long list of things todo that spawned from discussions at the summit, but as a summary of what happened below are some of the more notable scheduled discussion moments:

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Impact of Wikimania Mexico 2015 on Wikidata

Recently Wikidata celebrated its third birthday. For the occasion I ran the map generation script that I have talked about before again to see what had changed in the geo coordinate landscape of Wikidata!

I found, well, Mexico blossomed!

The image to the left is from June 2015, the right October 2015 and Wikimania was in July 2015!

I will be keeping an eye out for what happens on the map around Esino Lario in 2016 to see what impact the event has on Wikidata again.

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WMUK training event Wikidata presentation

In 2015 I attended another WMUK Wikidata training event.

Below you can find the presentation that I used, created using slides.com.

Axel Springer Hack Day Presentation

During 2015 I attended another Axel Springer Hack Day similar to the one in 2014, with Wikidata being one of the APIs that was presented.

The presentation can be seen below:

Wikimedia Hackathon 2015 (Lyon)

By Jean-Philippe Kmiec & Sylvain Boissel (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

This years Wikimedia Hackathon was located in Lyon, France at Valpré-Lyon between the 23rd and 25th of May.

The hotel (Valpre-Lyon) was absolutely beautiful with large grass areas, great architecture and a place for you weather you wanted to have a large or small discussion, sit quietly or sit outside. As well as Pétanque, table tennis was also available as well as plenty of people to meet!

Valpré Castel

Some of the hackathon grounds. By Alex Cella (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

I planned on primarily hacking on my MassAction extension along with one of two others but as at any hackathon I got massively distracted talking to people and working on other projects. Continue reading

Silicon Milkroundabout 9

Silicon MilkroundaboutSilicon Milkroundabout is a job fair for the UK tech start-up community.

The 9th event was held on 9 and 10 May 2015 in London with over 200 companies attending.

I attended the 9th event and had a great time, below are some of the highlights!

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Mediawiki Developer Summit 2015

The MediaWiki Developer Summit is an invitation-only event with an emphasis on the evolution of the MediaWiki architecture and the Wikimedia Engineering goals for 2015.

It took place on Monday, January 26 and Tuesday, January 27, 2015 in the Mission Bay Center, San Francisco, California.

Overall it was very interesting and a lot of good discussion happened. Again I am writing this post months after the event so sorry for the lack of content.

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Wikimania

Wikimania 2014 was a 2000+ person conference, festival, meetup, workshop, hackathon, and celebration, spread over five days in August 2014, preceded and followed by fringe events. Wikimania is the official annual event of the Wikimedia movement, where one can discover all kinds of projects that people are making with wikis and open content, as well as meet the community that produced the most famous wiki of all, Wikipedia!

The core event was held in and around The Barbican Centre in London, UK.

Watch the videos on YouTubeCommons or LiveStream.

Read about it by following one of the following links:

Also you can find a blog post looking back at Wikimania from the Barbican Centre here.

Post photo from https://wikimania2014.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikimania_2014_group_photo.jpeg

At future events these posts will likely be much better, as I’ll be writing them while I am there! This post was actually written in April 2015 :/

Wikimania Open Data Weekend

Wikimania 2014 logoThe Open Data Weekend was fringe event to the Wikimania conference this year. It took place in Frobisher Room One at The Barbican Centre in London on the 5 & 6th of July and was well attended.

The weekend included:

  • Discussion about how open data, specifically Wikidata, is helping the Wikimedia movement as a whole covering its current integration with sister projects such as Wikipedia and Wikisource as well as future integration with these as well as Wikimedia Commons.
  • A general discussion on open data and the philosophy and the Semantic Web technologies.
  • Exploring various tools and applications that run and depend on the data stored within Wikidata and Wikimedia projects.

Unfortunately I am writing this post in 2015  and various details have fallen out of my mind… Luckily there is an EtherPad that contains lots of notes!

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