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By Resident Mario

This week has been a busy one for the Wikidata project, with nearly simultaneous Wikidata contests, both organized by Wikimedia Sweden, now underway.

The first contest is the Menu Challenge: in a post to the Wikimedia Blog project manager John Andersson recounted that "we are aiming at a list of vegetables, meat, fruits and other ingredients and cooking related terms that 30 restaurants will be serving at a food festival in Stockholm, Sweden in June. Wikimedia Sverige will be there to highlight how open data and crowdsourcing can benefit nearly every aspect of society." The idea is to create and to maintain experimental digital restaurant menus, based on a mock-up prepared by Wikidata user Denny some time ago. The challenge will be based around translations of Wikidata labels and the addition of images and pronunciations for ingredient items, and will take place between May 8 and 27. "Let’s get some #tastydata!"

The second of the two is the Wikidata visualization challenge, a competition meant to "make it easier to understand the value of Wikidata, what is in there, and/or how it is being created ... [by] visualizing interesting representations of the data in the database". As examples of what the competition organizers are looking for and of what the Wikidata dataset makes possible project manager points to the Listen to Wikipedia application, an aural visualization of editing activity throughout the projects; and to the Wikidata tempo-spatial display, a geographic visualization of event histories. More details on the competition, as well as the grand prize, a travel scholarship, are available here.

In related news, an update to the Reasonator tool on Wikimedia Labs this week now allows the tool, a primary visualization tool of the Wikidata project, to be used on mobile. R

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Graph extension

So we can now insert graphs into articles not as images but as pieces of code? Cool! I can't wait to try it.
Do you know if anyone has done it already? Is there a way to search for all instances of an extension's use?
Of course, the chances are, it will scare the living crap out of most editors, especially the new ones — wiki source without syntax highlighting can be intimidating as it is. But then, it's nothing compared to the Lua fiasco (or can we officially call it a travesty already?).
Primaler (talk) 16:06, 16 May 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Yes, but the underlying system is so sophisticated that it will take a while for parametrization via Lua templates to reduce it to something manageable for the usual editors. Lua fiasco? ResMar 16:35, 16 May 2015 (UTC)[reply]
Before it gets more readable, "template per graph" approach may be the way to go:
  • it makes them instantly re-usable
  • history for the code would be much easier to access (imagine searching through hundreds of edits to find the few relating to code)
  • graphs will need tracking and managing, categorizing articles with graphs is one option, but categorizing graph templates sounds better
Fiasco seems an appropriate word for a poorly documented pile of unreadable code written in an esoteric language (why, why Lua? why not Haskell, then? why not Brainfuck?) — but anyway, this is probably neither time or place to discuss it, sorry for bringing it up.
Primaler (talk) 17:36, 16 May 2015 (UTC)[reply]
 Primaler: Looks like this VDE is an intended way to go, for now. ResMar 18:18, 16 May 2015 (UTC)[reply]
Is it all behind the scenes for now or is there a project devoted to this? I think I'd like to follow the developments. It's high time, wikipedia has been looking somewhat out of date for a while now. Primaler (talk) 18:51, 16 May 2015 (UTC)[reply]
I sure can't figure out many of the "visualizations" demos, for example this "force" one, and I consider myself fairly technical. What is that one supposed to visualize? Are labels for the nodes and/or arcs just not rendering in my browser? EllenCT (talk) 23:25, 16 May 2015 (UTC)[reply]
 EllenCT: I'm concerned by the fact that the interactivity that was present in the extension a little while ago seems to have vanished now. For instance, hovering over the graphs on this page no longer turns them red; and the country map in the demos no longer updates its outline on mouseover. Considering that was all the pretty in this, I'm mildly concerned. Are you also getting this bug? It doesn't seem to be just me... ResMar 04:40, 17 May 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Oh, it's working alright! Here's what I can do now:
List of most expensive paintings: Scatter plot

Primaler (talk) 02:18, 17 May 2015 (UTC)[reply]


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