Wikidata:WikidataCon 2017/Submissions/Harvesttemplates, your best frenemy

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Submission no. 28
Title of the submission

Harvesttemplates, your best frenemy

Author(s) of the submission
E-mail address
vigneron.nicolas at
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
as volunteer

Type of session
  • Lightning talk (10min, on non-technical topics)
Length of session
10 minutes (in time for questions included ?)
Ideal number of attendees
20 (?)


Harvesttemplates is a tool to edit Wikidata made by Pasleim (Harvest Templates (Q21914398)). It is quite unknown and often misunderstood. This is a shame as it is a great and useful tool for non-technical people to harvest templates (hence the name) on Wikimedia projects. As such, he can be your best friend, and can easily (for example) add images for all the churches of your country. But there is a lot a traps: templates are not always correct or even consistent, the alignment with Wikidata maybe not be perfect, etc. As such, it can lead to tragedy (as I painfully learned myself).

I want to share some of my experience and experiment about this tools and how I tame it so that it became my best frenemy.

What will attendees take away from this session?
  1. know how the tool works,
    1. know what can be done and what can't (or shouldn't)
    2. know the pitfalls to avoid
Slides or further information
Special requests

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  1. --Amadalvarez (talk) 05:25, 20 July 2017 (UTC)
  2. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits
  3. Daniel Mietchen (talk) 07:45, 31 July 2017 (UTC)
  4. Jklamo (talk) 00:05, 1 August 2017 (UTC)
  5. --Sannita - not just another sysop 16:46, 1 September 2017 (UTC)