Wikipedia Weekly #126 – Introduction to Wikidata

This episode is an introduction to Wikidata, where Andrew and Rob walk through some of the history and current applications of Wikidata. We discuss the basics of items, statements, properties, identifiers, and qualifiers. Some of the tools we cover include Quickstatements, Petscan, Reasonator, SQID and Scholia, as well as Wikidata Query and SPARQL. We discuss the “game” interfaces in engaging Wikidata and how Wikidata is currently used (or not) in Wikipedia infoboxes. (Errata: all mentions of 2013 as the start of Wikidata should instaed be 2012. We regret the error.)

Participants: Andrew Lih (User:Fuzheado), Rob Fernandez (User:Gamaliel)

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Opening music: “At The Count” by Broke For Free, is licensed under CC-BY-3.0; Closing music: “Things Will Settle Down Eventually” by 86 Sandals, is licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0

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Wikipedia Weekly #125 – Wiki Loves Monuments

This Wikipedia Weekly podcast episode covers Wiki Loves Monuments, the largest photo contest in the world that has been held in September of each year since 2010. We the origins of the project, how it is executed today, which countries are contributing the most, and the future of the project.

Participants: Andrew Lih (User:Fuzheado), Rob Fernandez (User:Gamaliel), Lodewijk Gelauff (User:Effeietsanders / @effeietsanders), User:Nikikana, User:LilyOfTheWest, Kevin Payravi (User:SuperHamster / @KevinPayravi)

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Opening music: “At The Count” by Broke For Free, is licensed under CC-BY-3.0; Closing music: “Things Will Settle Down Eventually” by 86 Sandals, is licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0

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Wikipedia Weekly #124 – Wikimania 2017

This Wikipedia Weekly podcast episode covers the Wikimania 2017 conference in Montreal, Canada, August 9-13, 2017. We discuss the preconference days that included the Hackathon, Wikiconference North America and the Culture Crawl event. We discuss presentations and discussion about the First Nations of Canada, Gender Gap, Wikidata, GLAM, and the Strategic Planning process of the Wikimedia Foundation.

Participants: Andrew Lih (User:Fuzheado),Molly White (User:GorillaWarfare), Rob Fernandez (User:Gamaliel),  Derk-Jan Hartman (User:TheDJ)

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Opening music: “At The Count” by Broke For Free, is licensed under CC-BY-3.0; Closing music: “Things Will Settle Down Eventually” by 86 Sandals, is licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0

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Wikipedia Weekly #123 – Citations, WikiCite and Wikidata in Vienna

This Wikipedia Weekly podcast episode covers the WikiCite 2017 conference in Vienna, Austria, May 23-25, 2017. We discuss a brief history of citations and references in Wikipedia, and what a gathering of librarians, ontologists and Wikimedians did at WikiCite. We give a quick overview of Wikidata and its relations to citations, and how the Citoid citation system works by using the Zotero open source citation system.

We also discuss a brief research project Andrew and Rob did to measure how well Wikipedia’s Visual Editor/Citoid perform when citing the most used news sources in English Wikipedia. TLDR: more than half the time, people auto-generating citations from news sources using Visual Editor will result in an incomplete citation. We discuss resolutions to this, such as how to improve Zotero Translators to scrape web pages more effectively.

Participants: Andrew Lih (User:Fuzheado), Rob Fernandez (User:Gamaliel)

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Opening music: “At The Count” by Broke For Free, is licensed under CC-BY-3.0; Closing music: “Things Will Settle Down Eventually” by 86 Sandals, is licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0

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Wikipedia Weekly #122 – Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario

Roundtable discussion episode: A roundup of Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario, Italy. Recorded on a bus after the Wikimania conference, we discuss how Wikimania was run, engagement with locals, new developments and the future of the Wikimania conference. We are joined part way through by an Italian Wikipedian who wanted to stay anonymous, but gave good insights into the local culture.

Participants: Andrew Lih (User:Fuzheado), James Forrester (User:Jdforrester), Deryck Chan (User:Deryck Chan)

Opening music: “At The Count” by Broke For Free, is licensed under CC-BY-3.0; Closing music: “Things Will Settle Down Eventually” by 86 Sandals, is licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0

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Wikipedia Weekly #121 – How April Fools’ went down

Roundtable discussion episode: What Wikipedia English did for April Fools; interesting takeaways from the monthly metrics/activities meeting; Emily Temple-Wood’s new found fame; Wikipedia Zero and Angolan file sharers.

Participants: Andrew Lih (User:Fuzheado), Emily Temple-Wood (User:Keilana), Rob Fernandez (User:Gamaliel)

Opening music: “At The Count” by Broke For Free, is licensed under CC-BY-3.0; Closing music: “Things Will Settle Down Eventually” by 86 Sandals, is licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0

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Wikipedia Weekly #120 – Status of Wikimania 2016

We discuss the upcoming Wikimania 2016 conference in Esino Lario, Italy with its organizer, Iolanda Pensa.

Participants: Andrew Lih (User:Fuzheado), Iolanda Pensa

Opening music: “At The Count” by Broke For Free, is licensed under CC-BY-3.0; Closing music: “Things Will Settle Down Eventually” by 86 Sandals, is licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0

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Wikipedia Weekly #119 – The Foundation and the Departure of Lila Tretikov

We discuss the two year term of Wikimedia Foundation outgoing executive director Lila Tretikov, and the turmoil that faced the board, the staff and community in 2015-2016.

Participants: Andrew Lih (User:Fuzheado), Liam Wyatt (User:WittyLama)

License information: opening music: “At The Count” by Broke For Free, is licensed under CC-BY-3.0; closing music: “Things Will Settle Down Eventually” by 86 Sandals, is licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0; all original content of this podcast is licensed under CC-BY-SA-4.0.

Wikipedia Weekly #111 – Wikiconference USA, James Heilman

Interview with James Heilman, president of Wiki Project Med Foundation, where we talk about recent report on whether Wikipedia is trustworthy for medical information.

Interview by Andrew Lih (User:Fuzheado) with James Heilman (User:Jmh649)

May 30, 2014