[open-science] Wikipedia-like for tabular data

Piotr Migdal pmigdal at gmail.com
Wed Nov 4 11:02:54 UTC 2015

Thank you all!

Sure, I went there directly after googling Wikipedia + data.
But - not only I couldn't find data relevant for me (Polish MPs over time), but actually - I couldn't find ANY table (not even things like https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religions_by_country).
Is it like I am missing something, or just the project is focused only on non-tabular pieces of data

Sure, Google Spreadsheet offer some functionalities for collaborative data editing. And I know that (in principle) it is easy to import tables from Wikipedia:

But again, it's per-item basis, hardly a Wikipedia-style (or size) knowledge collection.


On 04 Nov 2015, at 11:41, Alexandre Hannud Abdo <abdo at member.fsf.org> wrote:

> https://www.wikidata.org/
> 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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