What is Wikidata?


Wikidata is a collaboratively edited database used by Wikimedia projects to source topical information. It provides storage for a variety of different data and allows all Wikimedia projects to have access to those documents. Wikidata plans to develop a common data repository making it possible to collect and curate data, to be used within all Wikimedia projects and by third parties. Wikimedia...


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Wikidata is a collaboratively edited database used by Wikimedia projects to source topical information. It provides storage for a variety of different data and allows all Wikimedia projects to have access to those documents. Wikidata plans to develop a common data repository making it possible to collect and curate data, to be used within all Wikimedia projects and by third parties. Wikimedia Commons works in a similar way except it deals with multimedia.

The initial development of the repository will be undertaken in three phases. They will involve; improving language links, infoboxes and lists. Wikidata plans to support the editor community and third parties, wanting to use a large base of curated data. Decreasing the maintenance burden and helping smaller Wikipedia will provide support to editor community. Decreased maintenance comes in two forms: first, data that is reused in multiple articles will need to be maintained in only one place; second, automatic list creation will remove the need to create and update lists by hand. Everyone; developers, translators, Wikipedia editors, advocates, testers and others can easily contribute to Wikidata.

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What are some of the basic assumptions and requirements for Wikidata?
A list of basic assumptions and requirements is available here - https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikidata/Notes/Requirements
How will Wikidata change the way articles are edited?
Pages will not need to be edited to maintain language links. Another aspect will be that data in infoboxes will not have to be maintained in the article text. As a result wikitext will be simplified, allowing for easier editing of information and simpler input forms.
Who is funding the work on Wikidata?
The Allen Institute of Artificial Intelligence, Google, Inc., and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The further maintenance and operations of Wikidata will be funded by the Wikimedia Foundation.
How can I get involved?
Help is welcome as there is a lot to do. Get involved by either emailing the Wikidata mailing list, to introduce yourself, or visit our IRC channel wikidata connect on freenode.
Ways in which you can contribute to Wikidata:
• Taking part in discussions about technical issues (like data models and so on)
• Writing code
• Helping with the integration of Wikidata in the Wikipedias (technically and non-technically)
• Taking part in the project itself once it is online, by adding and editing data for example
How do I go about contributing large amounts of data?
Large data contributions are encouraged. Technically bulk data uploads are possible but such large amounts of data require a large community to maintain them. First, focus needs to be placed on the community and it’s capacity to sustainably support data, only then will data quantities be considered. In the meantime, get involved by adding yourself to Wikidata Collaborators page and help everyone get an overview of the available data. Your data will be integrated into the wikidata structure, using it to add statements to our items where relevant.
What latest updates about the project?
See the "Staying up-to-date" box on the Wikidata page to learn more.
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