Posts published in 2016
Happy Birthday, Wikidata!
Wikidata turns four today, and I thought it would be a good time to make a little return on my experience with the project.
Wikidata is a project I was enthusiastic for a long time before it went live. I’ve read the name here and there on the « bistro » (village pump) of the French Wikipedia since I started editing Wikipedia in 2005 but the first time it got my attention, IIRC was that discussion in November of 2006.
[fa4d1f]A common repository for data functionning the same way as Commons seemed to me the biggest thing missing to Wikipedia! Another useful thing that was discussed at that time was that it could entirely replace the flawed category …
Sunday Query: all surnames marked as disambiguation pages, with an English Wikipedia link and with « (surname) » in their English label
It’s Sunday again! Time for the queries! Last week I showed you the basics of SPARQL; this week I wanted to show you how we could use SPARQL to do maintenance work. I assume you now understand the use of
I have been a member of the WikiProject:Names for years. When I’m not working on Broadway and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art archives,
[1a8bc9]I am one of the people who ensure that “given name:Christopher (Iowa)” is transformed back to “given name:Christopher (given name)”. Over the last weeks I’ve corrected thousands of wrong uses of the given name/family name properties, and for this work, I used dozens of SPARQL queries. I …
Sunday Query: use SPARQL and Python to fix typographical errors on Wikidata
My turn to make a #SundayQuery! As Harmonia Amanda just said in her own article, I was about explain how to make a Python script to fix the results of her query… But I thought I should start with another script, similar but shorter and easier to understand. The script for Harmonia is here, though.
On Thursday, I published an article about medieval battles, and since then, I did start to fix battle items on Wikidata. One of the most repetitive fixes is the capitalization of the French labels: as they have been imported from Wikipedia, the labels have an unnecessary capital first letter (“Bataille de Saint-Pouilleux en Binouze” instead of “bataille de Saint-Pouilleux en Binouze”)
Sunday Query: The 200 Oldest Living French Actresses
Hello, here’s Harmonia Amanda again (I think Ash_Crow just agreed to let me squat his blog indefinitely). This article shouldn’t be too long, for once.
[89ce37]It started as an hashtag on twitter #SundayQuery, where I wrote SPARQL queries for people who couldn’t find how to ask their question. So this article, and the next ones if I keep this up, are basically a kind of “how to translate a question in SPARQL step by step” tutorial.
The question this week was asked by Jean-No: who are the oldest French actresses still alive?
Ben Whishaw, Broadway, the RADA and Wikidata (in English and with updates)
Hello everyone! Here is Harmonia Amanda, squatting Ash_Crow’s blog. Some people told me repeatedly I should write about some of what I did these last few months on Wikidata, e. g. all my work about the RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) and other things. And after I wrote it in French, some people told me I should write it again in English. So here we are! To ensure that no one will read it, I wrote a long text, stuffed with footnotes,
[7f7e07]and even with real SPARQL queries [6eb131]here and there. No need to thank me. [2e6c94]