Wikibase Community User Group

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Wikibase Community User Group is a user group that seeks to support Wikibase independent of Wikidata. The mission of the user group is promote and encourage the development of Wikibase. The mission is also to encourage like-minded developers and data analysts to improve existing, and create new, tools for Wikibase.

The overall objectives are to provide an alternative space for people interested in Wikibase to see how people can use it, and encourage others to expand on these ideas to push the software further. This would be similar to what happened with MediaWiki, where outside developers and community developers used the software, and created a bunch of tools, extensions and apps. This increased the use of the software around the Internet, with these tools then assisting the Wikimedia community by bringing developers into it that would otherwise not have been there.

Objectives[edit]

The objectives of the Wikibase Community User Group are:

  • Provide technical documentation related to a project the participants are working on as it relates to Wikibase.
  • Provide a list of resources for other members of the community to have easy access to inside the Wikimedia ecosystem when it comes to setting up their own Wikibase install, Wikibase Query Engine install, and other related pieces of software.
  • Do new and interesting things using Wikibase that are different than many of the developers at the WMF and WM-DE are doing. Provide outside thinking of how the software can be used in ways that benefit a project the participants are working on and the wider community.
  • Encourage the creation of a bigger developer community around Wikibase.
  • Provide documentation on data normalization that can be used by less technically-minded data people who want a pre-packaged data analysis software tool like Wikibase and its query engine.

The overall objective would be to provide an alternative space for people interested in Wikibase to see how people can use it, and encourage others to expand on these ideas to push the software further. This would be similar to what happened with Mediawiki, where outside developers and community developers used the software, and created a bunch of tools and extensions and apps. This increased the use of the software around the Internet, with these tools then assisting the Wikimedia community by bringing developers into it that would otherwise not have been there.

Activities[edit]

See also: Wikibase Community User Group/Activities list There are several general types of activities the group are engaging in. These include:

  • Create technical documentation on how to use Wikibase.
  • Update Wikibase Community User Group pages to include links to documentation regarding Wikibase, links to data normalization for data input into Wikibase and links to other documentation the group creates to make it easier for others to use Wikibase and its related software like the query engine.
  • Make tools the group is working on more public and usable by the wider community.
  • Chat with other developers and people using or wanting to use Wikibase on our Slack channel.
  • Present at conferences.
  • Attract like-minded developers to work on Wikibase.

Specific upcoming events that the group is working on trying to organize:

  • Consult more with WM-DE to see how they can support us and we can provide feedback on Wikibase, from both a technical and workflow perspective.
  • Create documentation about upgrading Mediawiki and Wikibase, as no process exists for this as Wikibase software is currently not upgradable.

History[edit]

The participants of the user group have been using a Wikibase install and query engine install since early 2017. Miguel Paraz has also created a bulk upload tool for use on Wikibase. Miguel has also been involved asking or reporting technical issues on the Wikidata tech list. Git Hub space is at GitHub. In October 2017, Laura presented information on this process at WikidataCon 2017 in Berlin. Her presentation can be found at Wikibase Install presentation - Laura Hale and Miguel Paraz Final.pdf. She has also chatted with a number of people interested in using Wikibase to explain some of the process, reported bugs and sought help on relevant WMF technical channels on IRC.

Joining the Group[edit]

Laura and Miguel primarily use Slack, and for a history of indepth technical conversations, it is worth asking them for an invite.

Other modes of communication include a a WCUG mailing list and WCUG Telegram Group, created in November 2018. The mailing list can be accessed at lists.wikimedia.org. Details are on the mailing list for how to join the Telegram group. An IRC channel was also created in November 2018, though it is unlikely to have much activity.

Contact information[edit]

Mailing list: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikibaseug

Interested in participating[edit]

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