Friday, April 24, 2015

#Wikidata -#UN Prize in the Field of Human Rights

The United Nations recognises organisations and people who have made a difference. The United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights shows many people and organisations that were awarded in this way.

At this time this list is a "work in progress" at Wikidata. The people known to the English Wikipedia are on it. It is now a matter of filling in the "red links" and removing a few erroneous entries. The only way to see this list is by using the Reasonator.

What is really interesting is that most of the missing people already exist on Wikidata. They just do not exist on the English Wikipedia, Adam Lopatka is one example. Completing a list like this is therefore an exercise of patiently checking every entry for existing items. For others, like the Vicaría de la Solidaridad the link has not been made.

The beauty of working on a special interest like human rights in Wikidata is, that you can highlight the people that matter. This does not mean that they are easily found. Amir is working on a bot that will do transliteration. That will be a boon particularly to find the people who are only known in a different script. Mehranguiz Manoutchehrian and Petr Emelyanovich Nedbailo are two examples that may have an article after all. The first is from Iran, the second from the USSR.

It is wonderful to see how the pieces are coming together for Wikidata.

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