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I'm Tom. I'm an admin on English Wikipedia and English Wikinews. I speak English. And that's about it.
I'm also a Semantic Web dork. Which is probably a good thing here.
Properties I originatedEdit
BLP sensitive propertiesEdit
In order to protect BLPs, we should pay particular attention to the following properties:
- date of birth (P569)
- place of birth (P19)
- member of political party (P102)
- sexual orientation (P91)
- date of death (P570)
Example query to find some of these for UK politicians: here.
- Edit count
- Autolist for pages on wikinews that also have a link to wikipedia, need cleanup
Principles of schema designEdit
Having worked on Semantic Web systems and schema design in the past, I decided to put together some basic principles to guide people designing properties, schemata, categories and so on.
- Prioritise pragmatism and common sense over theoretical unity.
- Categorisation schemes are used by humans and implemented by humans. Design for humans rather than for hyper-intelligent robots or geniuses.
- Actual usage takes priority over hypothetical use cases.
- Use by Wikimedia projects takes priority over use by third parties.
- Optimise for common use cases per Pareto's Principle.
- You can apply two different types to something. Avoid creating union types. Wikipedia may have "Jewish LGBT scientists from Portugal with a cleft lip", but we don't need to replicate that kind of silliness.
- If explaining your proposed category/property/schema to the man on the Clapham omnibus would cause him to laugh to the point where it would disturb his fellow travellers, you need to rethink your proposal.
- Take your necktie off. You are designing a fancy computer index card system, not going to meet the Queen of England.