Wikibase Community User Group/Meetings/2020-12-17/Notes

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Archived notes from Etherpad of the 2020-12-17 meeting.


  • 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

Participants (who is here)[edit]

  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


a) Federation status? b) Federation import 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

  • Lozana talked about quite a few institutions needing to do more with federation
    • Goal is to work toward SPARQL endpoint
    • User friendly dropdown and you can pick the Wikibase that you'd like to federate across
  • Mohammed asks what big dreams people have about Federation in 2021
    • Move properties within Wikibase, as one of the requests
    • Federating the maintainer of the information so that everyone doesn't have to ... [missed 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 t (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 different 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 different output formats: marc
  • Lozana to get in touch with Mohammed and Sam to lay out some plans for development
  • Smithsonian is also interested in SPARQL for Wikibase
  • Otto 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 triples just as a table
  • Ask whether other people are interested in something like this
  • Lozana: this might be moving away from the idea of linked data