Wikibase Community User Group/Meetings/December 2020/Archived Etherpad Discussions

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Wikibase Community User Group/Meetings/Decembver 2020


  • 16:00 UTC, 1 hour, Thursday 17th  December 2020
  • Online meeting on Google Meet:
  • Join by phone:


  • Share out anything exciting or new that's been happening with your Wikibase instance
  • What have you been up to
  • What has been working well, What has been challenging for you
  • Wikibase discussion platforms poll


a) Federation status?

b) Federation impoort properties from another WIkibase or schema

also import constraints from another WIkibase=

c) Is this page updated

Lydia had a talk on Semantic ? available on youtube mentioned federation

* Python script that makes use of PyWikiBot?

* This blog post includes an example for importing a CSV file with new properties:

Wikimedia Sweden is looking into roundtripping and using Open Refine is a rumour more information wanted

  • Lozan talked about quite a few institutions needing to do more with federation
  • Goal is to work toward spqrqle endpoint
  • User freindnly dropdown and you can pick the Wikibase that you'd like to federate accross
  • Mohammed asks what big dreams people have about Federation in 2021
  • Move properties within Wikibase, as one of the requests
  • Federating the maintaininer of the information so that everyone doesnt have to (mised part)
  • if you want to take existing data and refine it [missed part]
  • To have a ready made setup for wikibase that include the cidoc crm from the beginning
  • Lozana disagrees: I wouldn't call that federation unless you intent to change the data model
  • Q: if the data model keeps changing, synchronising between [missed part] is federation
  • Sparql endpoint [missed part]
  • Synching data the idea of keeping track across databases so you’ll get notifications to  (level of federation beyond synching between wikibases)
  • Jarmo mentioned the gnd keeping their original wikibase [missed part]
  • Some kind of expert bot [missed part] bring out data from wikibase to differnt format
  • Jarmo: Asks if its possible to export data to differnt formats; eg. bibliographical data to be put out in marc format or some other format
  • Jeyes I have took a brief look on pywikibot, but I had not noticed that.
  • Tried this Python script that makes use of PyWikiBot?
  • Discusses differnt output formats: marc
  • Lozan to get in touch with Mohammed and Sam to lay out some plans for developoment
  • Smithsonian is also interested in SPARQL for WikiBase
  • Okko asks whether this page is up to date:
  • Dragan proposed this tool:
  • This for example is based on question2answer:
  • Lydia's presentation at SMWCOn
  • Semantic Mediawiki used as an client interface and  WIkibase as the backend on the same host:  presentation by
  • Connecting Wikibase and Semantic MediaWiki" by Jeroen de Dauw
  • Johanes asks: about tabula data used in Wikibase...convert the table into item numbers and columsn so its possible to query this tripples just as a table
  • Aks whether other people are interested in something like this
  • Lozana: this might be moving away from the idea of linked data

Participants (who is here)

  1. Mohammed (WMDE)
  2. Diane Shaw (Smithsonian)
  3. Magnus Sälgö (salgo60)
  4. Giovanni Bergamin (AIB)
  5. Jarmo Saarikko (NatLibFi)
  6. Okko Vainonen (Nat[ional]Lib[rary of]Fi[nland])
  7. Jeyes Unterwegs