WikiObject

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This page is a proposal for a new Wikimedia Foundation Sister Project.
Status Under discussion
What is the proposed name for the project? WikiObject
Proposed project tagline A Wikipedia for Objects
Project description
What is the project purpose? What will be its scope? How would it benefit to be part of Wikimedia?
how about a wikipedia about objects? Instead of generic articles of , for example, "Ballpoint pen" or "Bic cristal" it would be "Green Ballpoint pen Bic cristal 2014" Doing these for millions of objects would allow people to have an open, free, universal and central place to refer specific objects.
How many wikis?
Will there be many language versions or just on one multilingual wiki?
Yes, but most of information will not need translation, like numeric data (weight, length, ...), proper nouns (manufacturer, distributor, ...) or references/links (official website, parts, source code repository, ...).

New Wikidata properties that probably will be needed like "Standard Compliant", "IP CODE" , and much more, will need translation, but only once.

Objects name and description are main reason for multilingual

How many languages?
Is the project going to be in one language or in many?
Is the project going to be in one language or in many?
Proposed project website address A separated website/tool could be created. wikiobject.org isn't availiabe so url could be something like objects.wikidata.org
Proposed logo for the project The logo for the project, if you already have one
Technical requirements
If the project requires any new features that the MediaWiki software currently doesn't have, please describe in detail. Are additional MediaWiki extensions needed for the project?
WIkidata could be use as structured data storage and Wikicommons as file storage.

Some tools from Wikidata like AutoList and Reasonator could be implemented in a standalone website for the project.

A standalone website is not completely neccesary but probably will help final user to separate wikipedia articles from wikidata objects paradigm.

Development wiki https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:WikiProject_Objects
Interested participants List of project participants

Disclaimer: These examples are in a very early stage and it may contents wrong or imprecise data, be careful and please edit as needed, Thanks.

Some possible applications:[edit]

  • Creating neutral and standard lists: Nowadays if anyone create, for example, a tutorial for building something (DIY projects, receipts, ...) they have to link all items to a comercial or no-neutral web which could change its url in the future or redirect it to adds or whatever. Lists could be created in external webpages linking wikimedia objects webpage or/and could be created as category pages in Wikipedia. For example, currently, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car_of_the_Year article lists cars which won COTY award but not links to the specific car (AUDI A3 Hatchback 2012 - Present) but generic serie (Audi A3). The good thing at this point it's that to start creating object lists only item name is necessary, no infoboxes or description needed.
  • Universal repository for inventories: Lot of business fill their inventories again and again with same data ("cardboard box 50x30x15", "step by step nema motor 17", ... ) they should be able to import this data from a open website with their corresponding info like GTIN , SKU , Barcode... and more in the future weight, size, ...
  • Encourage Recycling and Reutilitation: Imagine if we use wikidata properties (https://m.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:List_of_properties/Generic) like "has part" and "part of" , people will find other uses for objects, or discover were to find
  • Social activism and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Companies have info and metrics about their costumers (habits, location, ...) why not costumers have info about companies products, who manufacture what?, what products have a good Carbon_footprint?, what products have been retired from some problem?, what are Fair Trade?. This also can moved companies do better.

Very rough roadmap:[edit]

  1. Look for people/communities insterested. See "Use Cases and Examples" section.
  2. Look for releated projects to not reinvent the wheel and join forces See "Related projects/proposals" section.
  3. At the very begining, using wikidata infrestructure, objects would only have common info like "name", " image", "manufacturer", "related links" (datasheets?), GTIN, and existing propierties. First use cases could be doing lists or grouping objects by categories.
  4. Step by step new fields (properties) could be added like , "Input Current (A)", (see https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:WikiProject_Objects#Useful_Properties)
  5. A separated website/tool could be created. wikiobject.org isn't availiabe so url could be something like objects.wikidata.org?
  6. In a long-term in order to explote all the possibilities of this project more complex fields and relations would have to be managed, to be able to query like for example "fridges with energy class A+++ and width less than 80 cm".

Funding[edit]

In my humble opinion, problem with wikipedia funding It's that most part of its users don't see culture as a need (sorry for that, I am a sporadic donor). In Wikiobject case I think it could rather be different.

If part of companies business lies on this project, companies will be very inclined to donate to improve performace, usability, etc.. maybe similar to what happens in Linux.

Where came this need from? Data needed for some software to run, product vissibility, costumer requests, etc ... , no advertisement needed, It could be a need and standart.

I trully believe that world need something like this, and the correct people to do it, to warranty openness and independence, are you.

thanks for your time and attention,

grettings Qupro (talk) 14:54, 27 June 2016 (UTC)

Use cases for DIY Community and Open Source Hardware Organizations.[edit]

Makers, Hackspaces/FabLabs, Open Source Hardware Communities like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, RepRap, FreeCAD , related media like Instructables and Makezine.

Example 1: Components of a 3D Printer (Prusa I3 Hephestos)[edit]

To list components of DIY projects. This is an example of an item (Prusa I3 Hephestos 3D Printer) that have parts. One of this is another item (Freaduino Mega 2560 v1.2.) and the other one is an autogenerated list of stepper motors that match some Prusa I3 specifications. Actually, if you want to add another stepper motor to the list you only have to create a wikidata item with this statements: "instance of stepper motor" , "width 1.7 inch" and "lentgh 1.7 inch".

Example 2: Arduino/Genuino Uno Rev 3 Datasheet[edit]

Be aware that EEPROM, SRAM and Flash Memory values are not defined as Arduino characteristics because they really correspond to one of its parts, ATmega328P microcontroller. Other example with data about IceZUM Board.

Example 3: List of arduino official boards[edit]

Here, using Wikidata Query Service is possible to query "items manufactured by Arduino LCC company" equivalent to said "offical arduino boards" Other similar examples:

Example 4: All Open source hardware Items in Wikidata

Using Wikidata Query Service, this links runs the following query:

#All Open Source Hardware Items in Wikidata
#P31 is "instance of" property ID and Q159172 is "Open Source Hardware" item ID
SELECT ?item ?itemLabel ?_image ?_official_website ?_source_code_repository WHERE {
  ?item wdt:P31 wd:Q159172. 
  SERVICE wikibase:label { bd:serviceParam wikibase:language "en". }
  OPTIONAL { ?item wdt:P18 ?_image. }
  OPTIONAL { ?item wdt:P854 ?_reference_URL. }
  OPTIONAL { ?item wdt:P856 ?_official_website. }
  OPTIONAL { ?item wdt:P1324 ?_source_code_repository. }
}

Use cases for Gamers[edit]

Example 1: List of videogames in Wikidata[edit]

Using Wikidata Query Service we are able to list every videogame and its data like relase date , developer, genre,etc... We have limited query to 10 results..

Use cases for Manufacturers[edit]

Manufacturer could have a base place (wikidata) to display useful info , get product feedback, and start conversations with their stackholders about specific objects.

Example 1: Products manufactured by Arduino LCC company[edit]

This could be an use as a company product catalog

Example 2: Dell P2415Q 24 review[edit]

Using Wikidata properties for review platforms like Property:P3308 for https://lib.reviews/ companies could get centralized feedback about a specific product

Use cases for Distributors[edit]

Product distributors can enhace their catalogs and inventories with wikidata object information:

Example 1 : List of LED lamps[edit]

People usually browse a product by a certain features (properties) like and almost all these data are not tabulated or are in pdf catalogs, datasheet, ... with these objects in wikidata , people (target market) should find it faster and easier.

Example 2 : basic data source to their websites

Use wikidata objects as main source for their websites will let distributors center their effort in more valuable data, like comments, reviews, tutoriales, releated services, etc ...

Use cases for Sponsors/Investors[edit]

They could make their donations/funding visible to all the world

Example : Using Property:P859 to indicate the IceZUM Board sponsor[edit]

Using Property:P859 is possible to indicate sponsor of an object. In these example also is set from/to sponsor dates

Use cases for Public Administration[edit]

Example 1: To compare and check products in public procurements.[edit]

In Public Administration, most of works have to go out to public tender in order to compete for get the contract. If these works requires to use of some products, these products have to fullfill certain requirements. Example: A City Council wants to renew its street lights and several companies offers a wide range of new LED lights. Then City Council technicians has to compare all of it to know if they fullfill certain ISO/UNE Standars and certain requirements as light flux, color temperature, ...

We should need to focus in a few public furniture objects like "street lights" and "trash containers" and define needed properties.

Use cases For Standards organization[edit]

(Example users in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standards_organization)

Example 1: To give visibility and more value to their standards compliance[edit]

If there is a place where companies can show their products standards compliance like RoHS, CE, some ISO etc... and these place is consulted by millions of people, more companies will want to get these standards compliance for their products.

Use cases For Final User[edit]

Product reviews and consumer protection

Example 1: "The Bone Clocks" book review[edit]

At the identifiers section of this wikidata item , It's defined lib.reviews ID linking to this book review (https://lib.reviews/thing/5d959136-380e-48ad-93e2-2db6bb081faa)

Create object/item quick tutorial[edit]

1) Before creating a new item, make sure does not already exist searching here

2) If not, click on "Create Item" in left sidebar menu

3) Complete form and press "Create Item" button.

4) Let's say that your recently created item is a "Raspberry Pi", now you can start adding a statement to it. An example of statement is "Raspeberry Pi is a single-board computer"

  • To do this in wikidata you should add to "Raspberry Pi" item, the property "is a subclass of" with the value "single-board computer", see it in action: https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q245

4.1) So to do it, in your item form press "+ add" button, and a searchbox will appear to add a property.

4.2) Start typing the name of the property you want to add and select it.

4.3) A new searchbox will appear to add the value, if the property makes reference to another item, if have to be created before if not you have to be create it, in the same way as is explained in steps 1 to 3.

5) To see your item in a more nice interface search it on https://tools.wmflabs.org/reasonator

Useful Properties[edit]

Property Wikidata property Objects Related Info
Instance of P31 All
Manufacturer P176 Manufactured products
Has part P527
List of P360
Length P2043
Width P2049
Mass P2067
Use P366
Image P18
Publication date P577 Is possible to use like release date?
Conector P2935
Product P1056
Color P462
Clock speed P2149
Luminous intensity P3041
Follows P155 For indicate next/previous item versions/models
Followed by P156
Memory capacity P2928
Throughput P2957
Color Temperature No light bulbs, lamps https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_temperature
IP CODE No Industrial manufacturing objects https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_Code
Sponsor P859 Open Source Objects particularly
Lifetime (hours) No light bulbs, lamps
Standard Compliant No Electronic Components. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standards_organization
Based on P144
Material used P186
Source Code P1324
3D File Proposed: https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:Property_proposal/3D_Model Also is proposed as wikimedia commons file
EAN No https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Article_Number
GTIN P3962
Colour Index International constitution ID P2027
Brand P1716
By product P2821
Carbon dioxide equivalent Proposed: https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:Property_proposal/Carbon_dioxide_equivalent
fabrication method P2079
discontinued date P2669
price P2284
product certification P1389
user manual link P2078
Operating Temperature No
Catalog P972
CPU P880
Scanned File P996

Useful links[edit]

Alternative names[edit]

Wikiitems, Wikiproducts, OpenProducts Wiki?

SWOT Analysis: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats[edit]

Threats[edit]

Data authorithy:[edit]

A way to take care about it could be done in a future thought "Signed statements" https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T138708

Constraint violations[edit]

Future feature for inline validation could solve this problem. https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T138748

Similar Wikimedia projects[edit]

Similar/Related projects[edit]

Similar companies services[edit]

Common vocabulary[edit]

Domain names[edit]

objects.wikipedia.org

Discussion[edit]

Demos[edit]

See "Use Cases and Examples" section above

Proposed by[edit]

Qupro (talk) 08:20, 27 July 2016 (UTC)

People interested[edit]