Tag: Wikidata

Wikibase: What is an entity?

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Wikibase ecosystem

I left the Wikidata and Wikibase teams roughly a year ago, and at the time there were some long and deep discussions going on inside the team trying to define what an entity was, and what should and should not be an entity. At the recent Hackathon in Tallinn, this topic resurfaced to me, as…

By addshore May 31, 2024 3

COVID-19 Wikipedia pageview spikes, 2019-2022

Back in 2019 at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, Wikipedia saw large spikes in page views on COVID-19 related topics while people here hunting for information. I briefly looked at some of the spikes in March 2020 using the easy-to-use pageview tool for Wikimedia sites. But the problem with viewing the spikes through this…

By addshore October 6, 2023 1

Wikidata query service Blazegraph JNL file on Cloudflare R2 and Internet Archive

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Your own Wikidata Query Service

At the end of 2022, I published a Blazegraph JNL file for Wikidata in a Google Cloud bucket for 1 month for folks to download and determine if it was useful. Thanks to Arno from weblyzard, inflatador from the WMF search platform team, and Mark from the Internet Archive for the recent conversations around this…

By addshore August 24, 2023 5

Creating properties with statements using Wikidata Integrator

Wikidata Integrator is a Python library that simplifies data integration from Wikidata (and other Wikibases). It is written in Python, is focused on Wikibase concepts (as opposed to some libraries which are MediaWiki focused) and has a user-friendly interface. I’m currently working on a demo Wikibase and decided to bring all of the data into…

By addshore July 16, 2023 0

Wikidata Map in 2023

This entry is part 15 of 15 in the series Wikidata Map

It’s been 2 years since the 2021 Wikidata map. Yesterday I was sitting in the WMDE office and Lydia raised the point that we hadn’t made a map in quite some time (T331124). Maps used to try to generate in a somewhat automated fashion, but the process was rewritten in 2021 and still needs to…

By addshore July 8, 2023 0

What is Wikibase Cloud (According to Bard)

This is the third in a series of posts where I ask language models, or modern conversational chat bots the question “what is wikibase cloud” to generally see the way they like to answer, and be able to make some sort of comparison of them. The previous posts were for Chat GPT and Bing, but…

By addshore March 24, 2023 0

Asking Bing Chat AI to reference Wikidata

I previously compared Chat GPT and the Bing chat AI when it came to the question of “What is Wikibase Cloud”. This comparison and further discussion highlighted problems with using Chat GPT alone. It seems to like inventing URLs that look right but have never existed, as it primarily wants to have a good conversation.…

By addshore March 14, 2023 1

Wikimedia Enterprise: A first look

Wikimedia Enterprise is a new (now 1-year-old) service and offered by the Wikimedia Foundation, via Wikimedia, LLC. This is a wholly-owned LLC that provides opt-in services for third-party content reuse, delivered via API services. In essence, this means that Wikimedia Enterprise is an optional product that third parties can choose to use that repackages data from within…

By addshore October 24, 2022 0