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Wikidata at WMPL Winter RetreatEdit

Hi! Just to let you know: Wikimedia Polska (Q9346299) is holding its annual Winter Retreat this weekend in Kalisz (Q52842) and on Sunday there will be a Wikidata session. Yarl will give a general, introductury lecture on WD and then he will hold a Q&A session. This will be followed by my lecture about some of WD tools. Powerek38 (talk) 17:41, 21 January 2019 (UTC)

Queries or redirectsEdit

I just replaced a few redirecting urls with the actual queries, thinking that people are expecting queries in the query section of newsletter, not some redirect. The queries can be read without actually clicking on them. Afterwards I noticed that @Lea Lacroix (WMDE): you had previously done the opposite. Maybe we can have both, similarly to when we were debating whether we should have the item about a scholarly article or a direct link to an article. --- Jura 06:13, 14 April 2019 (UTC)

The links are linking to queries. In the past people asked me to reduce the number of characters of the newsletter: the URL shortener is serving that purpose, that's why I use it. Lea Lacroix (WMDE) (talk) 18:37, 14 April 2019 (UTC)
I think it's better to send out the actual queries than redirects. Otherwise you could just link to an onsite page with the queries. When displayed, there shouldn't be much difference in the number of characters. --- Jura 18:44, 14 April 2019 (UTC)
An onsite page with the query would require that the reader makes two clicks before accessing to the query. With the URL shortener, it's transparent for the user: they click on the link, access to the query. Lea Lacroix (WMDE) (talk) 06:53, 15 April 2019 (UTC)
An onsite page could easily cover several queries. One could just read the entire page. I don't see what's transparent about an url shortener. There is no indication what will be displayed. --- Jura 09:22, 20 April 2019 (UTC)
+1 for using the new redirects Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 12:19, 20 April 2019 (UTC)

Next issue on August 18thEdit

FYI, because of Wikimania, the next issue of the newsletter will be published a bit earlier than usual, on Sunday August 18th rather than Monday 19th. Feel free to add content before tomorrow! Lea Lacroix (WMDE) (talk) 08:52, 17 August 2019 (UTC)

Tool of the week sectionEdit

Hello all! Based on popular demand, let's open a "tool of the week" section in the newsletter. The idea is simple: present a tool in a few sentences, explain quickly what it does and why it is useful / why it would interest other people.

We will present only one tool per week, but you can already prepare content here, so we can just pick one every week :)

Template: the paragraph could have the following form:

  • X (name of the tool with a link) allows you to ... (short description of the features). It is especially interesting for ... (type of people who could use it, eg "people making lists for their wikiprojects")

When you add links, please don't forget to add the prefix, eg d:..., as the Weekly Summary is displayed across wikis.

Thanks a lot for your help!  – The preceding unsigned comment was added by Lea Lacroix (WMDE) (talk • contribs).

@Lea Lacroix (WMDE): Great! We already have a "tool of the week" at Wikidata:Tools, which has not been updated for months. Could this be updated with the tool selected here every week? (feel free to move my comment anywhere, I am not sure if this is the right place)Pintoch (talk) 08:42, 19 August 2019 (UTC)
Yes, I noticed that :) To be honest, I can't commit on updating both every week. The "tool of the week" section on Wikidata:Tools requires a bit more research (links to examples, screenshot, source code, etc.) and I don't think I'll have time to update it myself. So I will focus on the Weekly Summary. However, any help is welcome of course :) Lea Lacroix (WMDE) (talk) 08:01, 21 August 2019 (UTC)
Well, the old tool of the week has been dead for rather longer than “months” – three years, in fact (I wrote four years in Special:Diff/1003600590 because I’m an idiot) – so I was bold and killed it. If anyone wants to keep it up to date, they’re free to revert me, but for now Wikidata:Tools#Tool of the week points to the weekly summary. --Lucas Werkmeister (talk) 17:09, 27 August 2019 (UTC)
@Lea Lacroix (WMDE), Pintoch, Lucas Werkmeister: Ideally we should have a complete Item for each tool (phab:T229404) so that we can manage everything easily and efficiently. But there is no agreement on which properties to use for certain information about the tools (e.g., the authors). There is the option to create a template that contains a {{#switch:{{#expr:{{CURRENTWEEK}} mod N}} | ... }}, where N is the number of tools listed, to automatically show a tool description each week, but the best option is to read that information from Items anyway. --abián 17:22, 23 September 2019 (UTC)


  • PetScan revised version of the tool to edit or create items based on Wikipedia categories, search, SPARQL, links with filters by label or properties
  • HarvestTemplates allows to import Wikipedia infobox fields to Wikidata
  • SourceMD (aka "Source MetaData") - one of Magnus' tools, recently relaunched, with bug fixes, new features, and new tests. Performs an number of WikiCite related tasks, and is responsible for many thousands of items about academic and scientific papers, and their authors. Just give it the DOI, PubMed ID, PMCID of a paper, ISBN-13 of a book, or the ORCID iD of an author, and let it run! (still in testing, down as of Sept 12, 2019)
  • User:Magnus Manske/mixnmatch gadget.js: displays on an item all unconfirmed matches on Mix'n'match, allowing to quickly add them.
  • Speedpatrolling is a tool to easily patrol Wikidata recent changes, typically on the phone.
  • ...


  • NameGuzzler allows you to automatically add an identical label or alias into many languages (for example, the name of a person or a place). You can define your own custom list of languages that you want to add. (2019-08-19)
  • Integraality generates tables to assess the completeness of properties on sets of items, such as properties on railway stations for instance. Tables are automatically updated and highly configurable. (2019-08-26)
  • Cocoda is a web application to manage mappings between authority files. It supports editing Wikidata-mappings including GND, Basisklassifikation, Regensburg Classification, Iconclass, and Nomisma. Cocoda can be used like mix'n'match but for more complex mappings. (2019-09-02)
  • User:Matěj Suchánek/moveClaim.js Move or copy claims from one item to another. Especially usefull when splitting items, or creating lots of similar items. (2019-09-09)
  • Hauki lets you browse existing lexemes, add senses to them, and easily create new lexemes for common languages and lexical categories. (2019-09-16)
  • namescript fills in labels, descriptions and aliases of name items, making it easier to create such items (you only need to provide a few statements). (2019-09-23)
  • This Recent changes tool allows to get a list of unpatrolled Wikidata changes with enhanced filters that are more adapted to Wikidata than the standard Recent Changes page. Available actions include mass patroling and easier revert interface. (2019-09-30)
  • soweego links Wikidata to large third-party catalogs. Together with its friend Mix'n'match, our beloved knowledge base gets ready to become the universal linking hub of open data. (2019-10-07)
  • ShowTalkLabels: with this script enabled, when a talk page is shown on your watchlist or similar pages, the label of the related entity is shown. (2019-10-14)
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