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With advance of
Graphs and Maps, we run into the problem of data storage location. While Wikidata provides a good location for "facts" (small pieces of data), we need a different place to store "blobs" - small data sets in a structured format like JSON or CSV. At the moment, blob data like a map outline is stored as raw unreadable wikitext. Instead, it should be shown as tables or images, e.g. this example. Assuming we implement it as wiki pages with "Data:" namespace, what is the best location for the community to manage it?
RFC How to deal with open datasets and DataNamespace.
wikidata.org [ edit ]
Makes sense semantically - all data in one place
Metadata can be stored as Wikidata items
Community is more technical
Community is more willing to experiment with new approaches
Wikidata is structured around concepts. Datasets are usually structured around the same data for many topics.
Possible solution: Use the W3C standard for an RDF representation of a Data Cube People are already now having issues understanding the above and want to upload their spreadsheet to Wikidata. This would further make this really hard to explain and understand.
We can not have a mix of licenses which would surely be expected if we go along this path.
We are there to expose the data we have in a uniform way to Wikipedia, the other sister projects and third parties. This would make this impossible.
Wikidata is at the core a knowledge base. Not a place to put a dataset.
People expect to be able to query all the data in Wikidata in a uniform way. This would not be possible.
We are building data quality tools that all resolve around the way data is stored in Wikidata right now.
RFC: Data namespace blob storage on wikidata.org
commons.wikimedia.org [ edit ]
Already stores other types of shared content like images, multimedia
Each piece of content comes with its own licensing
Community is well versed in legal issues
Content has to be public domain or freely licensed in
both the source country and the U.S. The aim of Wikimedia Commons is to provide a media file repository
en.wikipedia.org [ edit ]
High number of editors
More anti-vandalism bots
Implies it is for English language wiki
<newdomain>.wikimedia.org [ edit ]
No legacy issues - new site means new rules and licensing
Hard to build a new community
meta.wikimedia.org, mediawiki.org, ... [ edit ]
Semantically these sites are for organizational matters, not for the actual content.