Tag: wikibase

Wikidata query service updater evolution

The Wikidata Query Service (WDQS) sits in front of Wikidata and provides access to query its data via a SPARQL API. The query service itself is built on top of Blazegraph, but in many regards is very similar to any other triple store that provides a SPARQL API. In the early days of the query…

By addshore April 12, 2022 2

Wikidata maxlag, via the ApiMaxLagInfo hook

Wikidata tinkers with the concept of maxlag that has existed in MediaWiki for some years in order to slow automated editing at times of lag in various systems. Here you will find a little introduction to MediaWiki maxlag, and the ways that Wikidata hooks into the value, altering it for its needs. As you can…

By addshore March 4, 2022 0

Small commits

There are many blog posts and articles out there about making small git commits. I’m sure most people (including me) bring up the same few topics around why small commits are good and why we should all probably be making smaller commits. In this post, I’ll look at some of the key topics from my…

By addshore February 24, 2022 0

Wikibase a history

I have had the pleasure of being part of the Wikibase journey one way or another since 2013 when I first joined Wikimedia Germany to work on Wikidata. That long-running relation to the project should put me in a fairly good position to give a high-level overview of the history, from both a technical and…

By addshore February 15, 2022 1

WBStack close and migration

The time is approaching for the end of life of the WBStack alpha platform (don’t worry, it’s still some months away, and there is a migration path to a new platform etc :)). In this post you’ll find an update on the current state of WBStack, another introduction to Wikibase.Cloud, some rough dates and connections…

By addshore February 2, 2022 3

Most liked Wikibase tweets

Wikidata is 9, and Wikibase the software that powers it is also thus about 9! Twitter has been around for the entire Wikibase lifespan. So let’s take a look back through time at some of the most liked Wikibase tweets (according to Twitter free search) since creation. Want this list but for Wikidata? Check out…

By addshore December 11, 2021 1

WBStack in 2021 and the future

2021 is nearly over, WBStack is over 2 years old (initially announced back in 2019), and has continued to grow. The future is bright with wikibase.cloud looking to be launched by Wikimedia Deutschland in the new year (announced at WikidataCon 2021), and as a result, the code under the surface has had the most eyes…

By addshore December 7, 2021 3

Tech Lead Digest – Q3/4 2021

It’s time for the 5th instalment of my tech lead digest posts. I switched to monthly for 2 months, but decided to back down to quarterlyish. You can find the other digests by checking out the series. 🧑‍🤝‍🧑Wikidata & Wikibase The biggest event of note in the past months was WikidataCon 2021 which took place…

By addshore December 6, 2021 1