Friday, May 30, 2014

The #MediaWiki #GeoData extension is a #dinosaur

"This extension adds a new parser function, {{#coordinates:}}, that saves coordinates to the database. Function's input format is made as compatible as possible with GeoHack".

What it does is save data for one Wikipedia article at a time. It links it to another dinosaur, GeoHack, and hopes for best results..

For as long as such dinosaurs are aliveish and kicking, it may be good. At the same time, it provides an excellent target for harvesting all this geo-data and include it in Wikidata. That will make the same geo-data available to all articles in any Wikipedia on the same subjects.

GeoData saves its data to "the" database, when it decides to evolve and store its data in Wikidata, it may have some future after all.

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