A really busy month all round
By Andy Mabbett (
Upcoming: WikiCite 2016
Building the sum of all human citations (slides)
On May 25-26, WikiCite 2016 will take place in Berlin. Its purpose is to define a technical roadmap for building a repository of Wikimedia references in Wikidata. To this end, it will bring together Wikidatans, Wikipedians, developers, data modelers, academic researchers and information and library science experts from organizations including Wikimedia DE, Wikimedia IT, Wikimedia DC, Crossref, Zotero, CSL, ContentMine, Google, Datacite, NISO, OCLC and the NIH. While participation is limited, applications can be submitted until April 11.
- We reduced the loading time of items significantly. Enjoy a faster Wikidata!
- Arbitrary access for Commons is getting ready and needs testing
- Wikidata external ID resolver now uses SPARQL and supports lookup of properties via English name (fragment)
- Wikidata passed the milestone of 1 Billion Datapoints (Triples) on Wednesday, 9th of March.
- You can now show labels/descriptions/aliases for all languages that have been added to an item by clicking "more languages"
- Listeria bot now has experimental support for references (example)
- Wikidata Graph Builder now supports arbitrary SPARQL queries (example)
- Wikidata Query GUI now supports maps. Check it out with one of the example queries above. (Select Map under Display results menu).
- You can now add a default view to a query like here. This then shows the defined view (map, table, image grid) when executing the query.
- Awarder lets you add awards to a biographical item, or use the Wikipedia text of the award to add all recipients]
- Conversion of properties from string to external identifier datatype is ongoing, but slow
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