Thursday, December 05, 2013

#Wikidata HOWTO - #disambiguation

The Wikidata #search results are sometimes not as informative as you would like. Above you find the result when you search for "ricerca". On many lines you get in wonderful English "Cannot auto-describe" it would probably make more sense to have something like "Nessuna descrizione automatica".

This translation into Italian is probably as helpful as the English message. As far as the software is concerned, it cannot create a description and, it says so. What the software needs in order to create a description is statements on the individual items. These combined with labels in YOUR language enable automated descriptions.

One of the lines says: "Instituto nazionale di ricerca metrologica" .. possible statements could be:
  • country - Italy
  • is a - institution
the article indicates that this institution is based in Turin and there are probably many more statements that can be made. Once these are made, there will be one line less that the software cannot describe.
'     GerardM

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