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I am Andrew Gray, a librarian from the UK. I've been working with the Wikimedia projects since 2005, including several years handling public enquiries on the OTRS service. In 2012-13 I was the Wikipedian in Residence at the British Library in London. In the unlikely event you want to listen to me rather than read this, I made two short podcasts for AHRC, the project funder: about the Wikipedian in Residence program and about how to get involved with Wikipedia.
- Ongoing projects
On Wikidata, my main project is on trying to structure data on British members of parliament; full details on this are at Wikidata:WikiProject British Politicians. I have also done work on:
- Biographical identifiers, and in particular the concept of trying to use Wikidata as a central "spine" for these - this is one of the most promising avenues for future work
- Data modelling for places in Antarctica, a region not well covered by our existing models
- Long term plans
There's a few things I would really like to set some time aside to work on.
- Modelling legislation - we have a reasonably good way to handle statutes/SIs but we haven't imported much data
- Overhauling how we handle death - modelling causes and contexts. The existing properties aren't quite suitable for some situations.
- Sorting out the taxonomy of mythical/legendary people, gods, etc and how we handle their connection to historical figures - it's all a bit muddled
- Military affiliations - it's potentially quite interesting to model people by regiments etc, especially in the 18th/19th century, but we don't have a good system for it