Wikidata went live four years ago, on 29 October 2012. Over the past year the project has grown in amazing ways. In celebration of this anniversary, we have put together this page with some special notes, presents and thank yous as well as a party. Congratulations and best wishes for another great year! Stay as awesome as you are!
Addshore created a tool to generate cool maps showing Wikidata items geolocalized around the world. This year he also made a map showing the differences between April and October 2016. Read more on his blog
10 cool queries for Wikidata that will blow your mind. Number 7 will shock you.Edit
As I sometimes do, today I hit the “Random item” link on Wikidata. Almost always I can find something I can improve, and almost always I learn some random fun fact that I usually forget within a few moments. Read more...
Wikimedia Sverige, along with UNESCO, Wikimedia Italia and Cultural Heritage without Borders, has received a significant grant from Kulturstiftelsen (the Swedish postcode lottery) to work on the Connected Open Heritage project.
WikiGenomes.org, an open, editable, and centralized model organism database for the biomedical research community that is powered by Wikidata, was launched.
A lot more Wikipedia articles make use of Wikidata’s data - among them more than 11000 infoboxes for genes.
Over the past year we made progress on a number of big topics: support for Wikimedia Commons and Wiktionary, data quality, making Wikidata more accessible for more people, and most importantly giving more people more access to more knowledge.
Wikimedia Commons and Wiktionary are the two biggest Wikimedia projects that we still need to support properly. For Wikimedia Commons this means making it possible to store all the metadata of a file like the license and what it shows as structured, machine readable data. Over the past year we’ve done a lot of groundwork for this and published the first demo system. For Wiktionary we went through another feedback round with the proposal and started working on automating the links between pages on different Wiktionary editions. There is still a long way to go for both projects but we’ve made good progress.
I have always said that Wikidata is there to give more people more access to more knowledge and that this is what it should be judged on. I believe we’ve made great strides on this over the past year. We’ve added a mobile view to Wikidata, improved the user experience significantly and thereby making it usable by more people and made the Query Service much more useful by adding new features and making it easier to write queries. We’ve also thought about how to make it easier to edit Wikidata from Wikipedia for people who are not familiar with Wikidata. The most significant step towards giving more people more access to more knowledge I believe though we’ve made with the ArticlePlaceholder. It is currently rolled out in a first version on 9 Wikipedias (Esperanto, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Kannada, Latvian, Napolitan, Nynorsk, Odia and Welsh). It provides the readers of these Wikipedias with a data sheet for topics where no article exists in that language. With a bit more work over the next year, the ArticlePlaceholder will help them attract more readers, encourage more of them to become editors and ultimately share more knowledge in their language.
Over the next year our main targets will be support for Wikimedia Commons and Wiktionary, data quality, more support for Wikipedia as well as user experience improvements on Wikidata.
However, I think we need to look at the even bigger picture. It is more important than ever to bring people with different points of view to the same table and have a conversation about their differences. But instead, we as a society seem to be more and more partisan and thinking more and more in terms of right and wrong, true and false, black and white. The world is more complex and nuanced than this. We are at the point where we don’t even acknowledge differences in opinion anymore. But that is a necessary first step to being able to talk about them. And we as a society have a lot to talk about… With Wikidata we are building one of the building blocks of making it possible to surface and record different views. We need to talk more about it, push it further and get more people to make use of it.
With this I’d like to say Thank You for an amazing year and please stay awesome, open, lovely, enthusiastic and positive. We’re doing no less than changing the world together - every single day. Let’s celebrate!
We discussed OpenStreetMap, Google Maps, Baidu Maps
We improved Nogi Shrine (Q3342690), discussed what properties and policies to use when describing Japanese religious buildings, and linked to its item from OpenStreetMap. This item can now serve as an example to vastly improve thousands of other shrine items.
We played with Harvest Templates, WDFIST, WikiShootMe!, Wikidata Game.
Congratulations! You are an awesome team. I still love Wikidata, although I haven't been so active this year. Was nice to see some of you in Wikimania this year. 😊 Stryn (talk) 13:34, 29 October 2016 (UTC)
Happy birthday Wikidata! And thank all contributors and developer for growing Wikidata. 👏 (위키데이터가 어느덧 4주년이네요. 축하드립니다! 또한 위키데이터를 발전시켜온 모든 기여자분들과 개발자분들께 감사드립니다.) hibm98 (talk) 17:34, 29 October 2016 (UTC)
Happy birthday Wikidata! Wow you've grown so big and mature! --AmaryllisGardenertalk 21:27, 29 October 2016 (UTC)
Happy birthday! Wargo (talk) 07:16, 30 October 2016 (UTC)
Congratulations and happy birthday! --Gloumouth1 (talk) 19:56, 30 October 2016 (UTC)
I hope this project will grow and become really important and known! Martinligabue (talk) 20:54, 30 October 2016 (UTC)
Happy birthday :-) Rzuwig► 21:52, 30 October 2016 (UTC)
Happy birthday! Keep up the good work! --ESM (talk) 07:37, 31 October 2016 (UTC)
Happy birthday! Keep up this amazing and incredible work. Feliz aniversário! Continuem com este trabalho incrível e maravilhoso. Gato Preto (talk) 16:25, 31 October 2016 (UTC)
Happy Birthday Wikidata ! Stay alive forever and ever. :-) — TBhagat (talk) 16:54, 31 October 2016 (UTC)
Buon compleanno Wikidata! :-) --Phyrexianɸ 18:16, 31 October 2016 (UTC)