[open-science] Wikipedia-like for tabular data
pmigdal at gmail.com
Wed Nov 4 13:22:53 UTC 2015
Thanks Daniel, it's exactly the thing I had in mind!
(Sadly, it's at the proposal level... and as I see the peak activity was in 2013. At least if contains the main arguments nicely summed up.)
On 04 Nov 2015, at 13:10, Daniel Mietchen <daniel.mietchen at googlemail.com> wrote:
> You might wish to take a look at
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/DataNamespace ,
> which sketched out the idea, but hasn't been implemented yet.
> On Wed, Nov 4, 2015 at 12:02 PM, Piotr Migdal <pmigdal at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 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
>> 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
>> But again, it's per-item basis, hardly a Wikipedia-style (or size) knowledge
>> On 04 Nov 2015, at 11:41, Alexandre Hannud Abdo <abdo at member.fsf.org> wrote:
>> 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:
>>> 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
>>> 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
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