Wikibot

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This is a proposal for a new WMF sister project.
Wikibot
Status of the proposal
Statusrejected
ReasonThere is Wikidata for this now. --Sannita (talk) 12:22, 18 September 2013 (UTC)
Details of the proposal
Project descriptionmaking wiki content and meta content available via queries from external sites

Wikibot is a project proposal for making wiki content and meta content available via queries from external sites.

Mission[edit]

To provide public information and structured information in a format that can be readily accessed and digested by external server requests/ programs.

Proposal[edit]

Wikibot would encompass several features designed to assist both users and proccesses in retrieving information in a way that preserves its structural relationships with like information. The core features would include a mapping syntax, a querying syntax, a querying interface (for users), and some kind of ad-hoc narrative to structured translator, a global unique key generator (so external databases can link their own data to publically accessable data instances).

Justification[edit]

  • While Wikipedia is great for narrative information on a topic, there seems to be no easy way to extract structure datasets. This would be an enormous asset in that respect as it would provide a centralized location for standards and other structured sets of data.
  • There is no common source for such public data, and it's wasteful for every organization using a database to retain their own list of cities, list of nations, list of measurement units.
  • Other Wiki projects could embed structuring protocol for diagraming. ie structuring protocol in tandem with some kind of command could be used to generate pngs or find and create links to other wiki resources informed by page's structural context.

Key Features[edit]

  • Standardized Structuring Syntax
    • purpose: syntax for encoding/decoding multi-dimensional dataset structures.
    • Syntax Elements:
      • Relationship Indicators: place current structure in context of existing structures, including
        • direct aliasing,
        • child-inclusive aliasing,
        • tangent substructure status,
        • parallel structure context, etc
      • Condition and Usage Indicatiors: define parameters of given structural set and types of information/things it can be applied to.
      • Narative Indicator: for providing any necessary narrative detail
      • Permissions and Status Indicators: signal to querying components the presence and scope of embedded structural map. Allows editor to tag some content within map not available for export outside page, outside wiki, outside wiki network
      • Structure Type Tags: is it definitional, is it naming, is it mathematical/measurable...basically indications of how data can be appropriately used in conjunction with other data objects. you wouldn't want to try to square-root an element of a list of similies...
  • Querying Protocol - tk
  • Querying Interface -tk
    • for users
    • for agents/bots
  • Request Monitor - restricts frequency of a sites requests to prevent server overload, based on request history and frequency of dataset modification. sites that makes requests every few minutes, for instance might be required to store contents locally between hourly or daily calls

Examples[edit]

  • For each of the following, the suggested dividing levels stand in for lists of such. For example the locations list would not simply include what is written here but would map lists of cities to states in lists of states in lists of countries....
  • Locations: planets->continents->countries->regions/provinces/states->townships/cities/towns/landmarks->streets/routes/zipcodes
  • Measurements: Atomic State->Most Specific Level of Material Specialization (ie clothing vs land vs wood)-> Units.
  • Tangents to Measurements would include, measurement tools, systems of measurement (metric, english), aliases to other nodes with in measurement structure...

Glossary[edit]

  • process/agent/bot = an external automated process, program, application, or webpage requesting information from Wikibot
  • user = a person requesting structured data returns from the Wikibot/Access on-site interface

People Interested[edit]

Discussion[edit]