By Andy Mabbett (
Special report: cool tools on Wikidata
To mark Wikidata's 300th "Weekly Summary", readers recommended their favourite Wikidata tools. External websites, gadgets or scripts, they are very useful for Wikidata editors or users:
- The Wikidata Query Service is an infinite source of amazing data and one of the best ways to explore and use Wikidata. (TweetsFactsAndQueries)
- QuickStatements is a powerful tool that can edit or add Wikidata item en masse, via a text editor or importing a spreadsheet. (Éder Porto via Facebook)
- Mix'n'match (manual), which helps us to interlink Wikidata with the rest of the web and the world :-) (Spinster, Siobhan via Twitter)
- WikiShootMe! allows you to see Wikidata items plotted out on a map and shows you whether they have images or not. (Ham II)
- Yair Rand's WikidataInfo script adds the QID of the equivalent Wikidata item to the page being viewed (on sister projects), along with its Wikidata label and description. (Andy Mabbett)
- Recoin measures the degree of completeness of relevant properties of a Wikidata item and suggests any relevant statements that can be added to the item. (Rachmat04)
- Template:Wikidata list ("Listeria") Self-updating lists on wiki pages, to drive projects and show results. Over 14,000 now live. (Jheald)
- DuplicateReferences gadget adds a link to copy references and add them to other statements on the same item. (PKM)
- checkConstraints gadget adds notifications on the interface to easily notice the violation of constraints and help people fixing them (Léa)
- Resolve authors lists scientific articles with the property author name string (P2093) and groups them on the basis of co-authors and topic, which helps to distinguish people referred to by identical name strings. (Daniel Mietchen)
- The Wiki Loves Monuments map is powered by Wikidata. You can look for a city and find the monuments around. (Stefano Sabatini via Facebook)
- The call for submissions for Wikimania (Cape Town, July 2018) is now open. Deadline is March 18th. Ideas of submissions related to Wikidata can be discussed here
- New tool based on Wikidata: Random TV episodes
- It's been possible for a while (but not previously reported here) to include Wikidata IDs in Wikivoyage listings, like this example edit. This is particularly relevant for GLAMs that are tourist attractions
- There are now over 100,000 ORCID iDs in Wikidata.
Further reading, listening and viewing
- Based on community discussions, the ArticlePlaceholder will soon be deployed on Urdu and Estonian Wikipedias.
- A new script for semi-automated import of information from Commons categories is waiting for feedback
- Diffs now show the entity ID in the page title (phab:T181077)
- Constraint checks will be integrated in the interface of Wikidata
You can see all open tickets related to Wikidata here.
You are invited to comment on all open property proposals.
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