[open-science] Wikipedia-like for tabular data

Alexandre Hannud Abdo abdo at member.fsf.org
Wed Nov 4 10:41:25 UTC 2015


It's a sister project of wikipedia, and in theory all data in wikipedia,
from tables or boxes or even within text, should be slowly and steadily
being moved there and replaced by automated inclusion.

Wikidata can be edited from the web or queried as a database through an API.

If the data you're using hasn't moved there yet, helping move it would be
nice. =]


On Wed, Nov 4, 2015 at 11:32 AM, Piotr Migdal <pmigdal at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hey!
> Is there a (functioning) Wikipedia-like page for structured data?
> (I am sure this question went many times here, but I must have missed it.)
> By "like Wikipedia" I mean that it is a collaborative editing source (as
> opposed to a place where one can upload - of course I know that there are
> many open datasets!). So one can, say, change a single entry, or a column,
> and document it with revision message.
> By  "structured" I mean that it is a table, or JSON, with a schema, with
> all important informations in dates/numbers/texts, as opposed to styles and
> graphical indicators. And are consistent enough, so it different sources
> can be joined automatically.
> Why I am asking?
> From time I need to get some data from tables in Wikipedia. But schemas
> are not always consistent, and a lot of data needs to be joined manually
> anyway.
> Right now I am doing something with Polish politics (flow chart of people
> and parties in the last 24 years), and while I see that data is reasonably
> consistent, still a lot of manual effort is needed _and_ it is not as easy
> to correct things on Wikipedia (e.g. copy&paste a column from an official
> datasource).
> Regards,
> Piotr Migdał
> http://migdal.wikidot.com/
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