CIS-A2K/Events/Tool of the day

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Tool of the day

One Wikimedia tool or script will be displayed on this page daily from 15 August 2020 onward for next 30 days. 10 tools will be selected from Wikimedia Commons, Wikisource and Wikidata each, which are extremely useful for everyday editing. This initiative is intended not only to help new editors to familiarise with existing tools but also to help experienced editors recap.

The tool will also be featured from the official social media channels of CIS-A2K on the same day. You can keep an eye on these channels -

13 September 2020[edit]

Add to Commons / Descriptive Claims or AC/DC is a javascript gadget which to add a collection of structured data statements to a set of files. The gadget adds a “AC/DC” link to the Tools section of the sidebar. Clicking it will open a input box where you can enter the names of the files or target category or Pagepile ID and what they depicts choosing from the items from Wikidata.

12 September 2020[edit]

Computer-aided tagging is a new MediaWiki extension to add Structured Data on Commons which can be accessed and used from Special:SuggestedTags. On the back-end, the tool uses Google Cloud Vision for depicts suggestions. This tool is opt-in for registered and auto-confirmed users only and is unavailable to new and unregistered users. This feature prompts users with suggestions for "tags", using a computer vision model, for human review, which can be selected to be confirmed or ignored. Tags will never be automatically added without human involvement.

11 September 2020[edit]

ISA is a tool developed as a collaboration between Wiki In Africa, Histropedia and the Structured Data on Commons project, helps people to add structured data to images on Wikimedia Commons. You can create campaigns and choose predefined set of images from Commons categories and ask contributors to tag them with structured metadata, for which they are given points based on their microcontributions.

10 September 2020[edit]

Pattypan a tool written in Java by Yarl, which intends to upload files to Wikimedia Commons and other Wikimedia projects using spreadsheets. The tool lets you choose Commons templates or user-generated wikicodes for file description and license information; helps easy upload from one source where all repetitive information can only be copied; offers you to preview the file descriptions and generates a spreadsheet in a folder containing files to be uploaded.

9 September 2020[edit]

HotCat is a JavaScript gadget which augments the category bar with quick links to remove, change, or add categories. Unlike Cat-a-lot, it does not work on multiple categories at a time, instead it can work on one page at a time, where you will get option to add or remove multiple categories.

8 September 2020[edit]

Cat-a-lot is a javascript gadget that helps with moving, removing and adding files or subcategories between, from and to categories. After activation, you will see a little post-it-note labelled "cat-a-lot" in the lower-right corner of every category page. While clicking on it, you will get option to select the files for which you can perform the action of copying or moving into other suitable categories at one go.

7 September 2020[edit]

VisualFileChange is a javascript gadget which allows you to conduct a wide range of activity on Wikimedia Commons with just one click of a button. The script prompts to load and display files uploaded by certain users or under certain categories and gives you option to nominate them for deletion and add, remove or replace texts or tags. OTRS members can also add or remove relevant permission tags and admins can delete files using this script easily.

6 September 2020[edit]

GLAMorous is a tool created by Magnus Manske which helps to analyse usage of files on different Wikimedia projects. The tool can fetch files under specified categories or uploaded by users. The tool can also be directly accessed by activating a gadget, which adds a link to the tool on category pages, labelled "File usage".

5 September 2020[edit]

Locator Tool is a tool created by Simon04 which helps to geocode existing images on Wikimedia Commons, which means it allows you to add {{Location}} or {{Object location}} information to images under certain categories or lists. The tool can be directly accessed by activating a gadget, which allows to geolocate files and save edits directly from Wikimedia Commons.

4 September 2020[edit]

Wikidata community is also building database of all the words of the world, ranging from the hugely spoken language to the most endangered or near extinct languages, in a structured manner. Wikidata Lexeme Forms, tool created by Lucas Werkmeister, helps the community to easily do that. The tool can provide a form to create Lexemes for different grammatical features along with their complete set of forms. You can use this tool to add data one at a time manually or in a bulk mode.

3 September 2020[edit]

Scholia is a tool created by Finn Årup Nielsen which present bibliographic information and scholarly profiles of authors and institutions using Wikidata with an intention to seek index bibliographic metadata. it also offers visualizations for publications, organizations, and other entities. items about publications that have a main subject (P921) statement within the "topic" visualization.

2 September 2020[edit]

Crotos is an external search and display engine for visual artworks available in different languages including few Indic languages. Search results can be filtered using categories of artworks or time periods and can be displayed in random or chronological order with metadata. In the contribution mode, you can filter some missing properties for those visual artworks.

1 September 2020[edit]

Distributed Game, developed by Magnus Manske is a fun tool to edit Wikidata. It contains a number of gamified activities. For all of the games, tools search for potential actions and provide you buttons to accept or deny the action. Depending upon your choice, the tool edits Wikidataautomatically under your name.

31 August 2020[edit]

Author Disambiguator is a very handy tool which helps user to find possible items of authors which match particular author name strings. It lists works authored by that string and allow users to select those works to have the strings replaced by the items of the authors with their exact orders. It also allows to works to be moved to another author, replaced with the appropriate author name string value, if previously matched to the wrong author, rearrange the authors or a merge duplicate entries to merge. The tool also allow SPARQL based filters to apply.

30 August 2020[edit]

Reasonator is a web interface for Wikidata. "Wikidata is an amazing project, but currently looks rather dry." that was the reason to develop Reasonator. It can display Wikidata items in a user-friendly way. Related and inverse data if the items are shown through simple reasoning. Although the default language is English but you can set it to your native languages too.

29 August 2020[edit]

Mix'n'match is a tool built byMagnus Manske to let you easily link Wikidata items with external databases. It contains over 3000 datasets and growing almost everyday, for any of which you are allowed to match with Wikidata items, which are then entered into Wikidata as statements with specific external identifier properties. You can also import new databases using the import tool; it is recommended however to create an external identifier property on Wikidata for your database first. You can even scrape websites using this feature.

28 August 2020[edit]

Tabernacle is an editing tool built by the one and only Magnus Manske, which can help you edit Wikidata easily. You can create lists of Wikidata items manually or generate it from SPARQL queries or PagePiles. The tool will let you edit labels, descriptions, aliases, and properties from the list in a tabular form one at a time. The tool also enables you to remove wrong statements whenever you find it. This is not a batch editing tool, but this lets you check your desired list of Wikidata items at one place and let you edit from there.

27 August 2020[edit]

PetScan (not at all to be confused with Positron emission tomography) is a powerful query tool built by the incredible Magnus Manske. it can generate lists of Wikimedia pages and Wikidata items which match a very wide range of criteria. If you want to get a list of pages in category trees, those which uses specific templates, links to or from specific pages or list generated from SPARQL queries or PagePile etc., or combine all of the criteria mentioned above, and want to get output in different formats, PetScan should be the tool of your choice. You can filter your results to different namespaces, bot or human edits, recent edits, page creation, etc. It is also possible to create items and statements on Wikidata in batches directly from this tool, which makes it even more powerful than just a query tool. Happy exploring PetScan!

26 August 2020[edit]

OpenRefine logo

OpenRefine is an extremely powerful desktop application tool written in Java for cleaning up messy data transforming it from one format into another. It can help you easily deal with large messy datasets, reconcile the cleaned up data with Wikidata database and let you upload that directly to Wikidata. Detailed documentation about how to use this tool can be found here. So, if you have large datasets and you are wondering how to upload that data to Wikidata, OpenRefine is there for you. But, beware!, it's powerful!

25 August 2020[edit]

QuickStatements (QS) is a powerful tool for Wikidata editors, which can edit items in batches based on simple set of text commands. Created by the awesome Magnus Manske, this tool can perform wide range of actions like adding and removing statements, labels, descriptions, aliases, qualifiers and references. One can put the command sequence in the import window by typing or by pasting from an already prepared spreadsheet and simply run the command to execute the edits in batches. To learn more about it, there is a help page just for you! This tool is so cool that it won the coolest tool award in 2019. Remember, this tool gives you power and with great power comes great responsibility. Happy editing!

24 August 2020[edit]

  • Tool of the day: QRCode Generator
  • Project: All Wikimedia sites
  • URL:
  • Description: QRCode Generator is a tool developed by User:Jayprakash12345, a volunteer developer from Indic-TechCom. This tool helps you to create QRcodes in SVG or PNG format for any Wikimedia pages. You will also have the option to download them on your devices and upload them to Wikimedia Commons. The tool can directly accessed from any Wikimedia sites through a javascript.

23 August 2020[edit]

  • Tool of the day: Wiki Galaxy
  • Project: Wikipedia
  • URL:
  • Description: Did you listen to the melodious Wikimedia edits. Great! Today, we will move to the stars. Owe, a student from Paris, created an amazing 3D browser technology picturing Wikipedia as 3D galaxy. Each dots, or you can call them celestial bodies, represent Wikipedia articles. You can view the galaxy from top down or just like video games, as a first person modes, which will give you opportunity to move around in 360 degree and select the articles. Its quite a cool experience. Hope you will enjoy your space flight through Wikipedia galaxy!

22 August 2020[edit]

  • Tool of the day: Listen to Wikipedia
  • Project: Wikipedia, Wikidata
  • URL:
  • Description: Today, we will be featuring a different type of tool built by Stephen LaPorte and Mahmoud Hashemi in 2013, which lets you listen to the sound of the recent changes feed of Wikipedia and Wikidata. The sound of bells indicate addition of contents while string plucks indicate subtractions. Deeper notes come from larger edits. You can find green circles when edits are done by unregistered contributors and purple circles when done by automated bots. Clicking on the circles will lead you into the edits. Whenever new users join the site, you can instantly know by the sound of string swell, click on the blue banner to welcome them. If you feel stressed while editing or otherwise, this tool will calm your mind. You just have to tune your speakers or headphones. Happy listening!

21 August 2020[edit]

  • Tool of the day: Wikisource Category Browser
  • Project: Wikisource
  • URL:
  • Description: Wikisource Category Browser is a tool developed by Samwilson which displays the categorisation of validated works. The tool not only helps to easily navigate through the categories while looking for the completed works, but it also provides an option to download them as EPUB format. Currently this tool supports 27 language Wikisource projects from around the world including 5 Indic language projects.

20 August 2020[edit]

  • Tool of the day: Wikisource Export
  • Project: Wikisource
  • URL:
  • Description: Wikisource Export is a tool developed by Tpt which helps to export WIkisource texts in different readable formats like EPUB, PDF, MOBI etc which can be read on different compatible reading devices. Originally created for French Wikisource initially, this tool now supports other language subdomains too. The tool can directly accessed from any Wikimedia sites through a javascript. More details about the tool can be found here.

19 August 2020[edit]

  • Tool of the day: CropTool
  • Project: Wikimedia Commons, Wikisource
  • URL:
  • Description: CropTool is a tool developed by Danmichaelo in 2013 for cropping images located at Wikimedia Commons and other Wikimedia sites. It can not only crop JPEG, PNG, TIFF and GIF files, but also can extract single pages from DJVU and PDF files as JPEG for cropping, which is useful for Wikisource editors while proofreading books with images. The tool can directly accessed from any Wikimedia sites through a javascript. More details about the tool can be found here.

18 August 2020[edit]

  • Tool of the day: Book Reader
  • Project: Wikisource
  • URL:
  • Description: Book Reader is a tool developed by User:Jayprakash12345, a volunteer developer from Indic-TechCom. The way PDF or DjVu files are displayed on Wikimedia sites are not much user-friendly for readers. This tool was created to overcome those challenges. Using this tool, you can flip the pages, toggle among one-page view, two-pages view or thumbnail view, zoom in and zoom out pages. This features not only help readers to read those books easily, but also help Wikisource editors to easily index files or find missing or duplicate pages.

17 August 2020[edit]

  • Tool of the day: Wikisource Google OCR
  • Project: Wikisource
  • URL:
  • Description: Wikisource Google OCR is a tool developed by Community Tech team of Wikimedia Foundation in 2016 to directly OCR from Wikisource pages using Google's Cloud Vision API OCR service. This was developed to support the languages which did not have good open source OCR alternatives at that time. The tool can also be added as a toolbar button at page namespaces of Wikisource projects by simply adding a java-script. Currently, Indian language Wikisource projects are using it extensively. You can get more details about this tool here.

16 August 2020[edit]

Presentation by T. Shrinivasan on OCR4Wikisource
  • Tool of the day: OCR4Wikisource
  • Project: Wikisource
  • URL:
  • Description: OCR4Wikisource is a Python script which was developed by T. Shrinivasan et al during the early months of 2016. The script can help you OCR entire books using Google Drive API in batches directly from Wikisource by running a simple command. At the time, when Wikisource editors from India had to literally type entire books to proofread as OCR was not an option for them, this tool proved to be a game-changer for Bengali and Tamil Wikisource projects, which used the script extensively from 2016 to 2018. The tool is now used by other Indian language Wikisource projects too as part of their workflow. The tool, however, can only operate in Linux based operating system. To learn more about this tool, you can check this help page on Bengali Wikisource.

15 August 2020[edit]

  • Tool of the day: Internet Archive Uploader
  • Project: Wikimedia Commons, Wikisource
  • URL:
  • Description: IA-upload is a tool which can transfer PDF or DjVu files directly from Internet Archive (IA) to Wikimedia Commons without even downloading them to your computers! The tool can even convert the PDFs to DjVus if you want, can generate metadata automatically from Internet and check whether the file has already been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons to avoid duplication. it is however recommended that you double check the metadata and copyright status of the books as not always the metadata on IA remains correct. Have you noticed that IA has many copyright-free books but they are not anywhere on Wikimedia Commons? It is the time to use IA-upload tool then.