Sunday, May 31, 2015

#Wikidata - #awards on #Wikipedia

One argument why not to have lists of awards based on #Wikidata is #dead. The list can include the date it was conferred and, it can be sorted in this way. I asked Magnus how to do this and he showed me..

Yes, there may be all kinds of arguments why it is still not perfect. But things never are. What is relevant is that quality information may show in any Wikipedia. It does not rely on the existence of articles in that language but its information is as good as Wikidata has it.

When there are champions for specific topics like literature, it helps them when they learn that an award has been awarded again or that an article does not exist yet for an author that has been recognised with an award.

Lists are powerful. They provide real information and particularly in the projects where articles on a given subject are few and far between, this is an excellent way of introducing people if only by their red link.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

#Wikidata - Awards

Awards are powerful. They recognise people or organisations for the work they have done. I noticed that the Pulitzer prizes were announced. I noticed that the Goldman Environmental Award are not well developed on Wikidata so there are always more awards and recipients to register.

We do know how often an award was registered. We also know that many recipients have not been registered. They either do not exist at all or they are not known to have received an award.

When an award is worthy of a Wikipedia article, they are worthy of proper attention. When an award is registered, it makes sense for people who have a list of the award on their watchlist to be notified.. Alternatively it is left to Wikidata to update lists of awards.

In this way we make better use of the data we hold and have a better chance of maintaining the quality of our Wikipedias.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

#Bangladesh - Ananta Bijoy Das

When people are lynched because they express their point of view, it is murder pure and simple. It is the denial of basic human rights. When multiple people die for the same reason, people who are all connected to the same blog, it is obvious that some organisation, some planning is behind it.

When no action is taken, it is an afront to the rule of law. It is an indication that law enforcement is not functional. The law should be applied equally and there is no opinion that has the power to lift itself above the law. In the final analysis, even the law should support what a country has acknowledged to be universal and consequently law enforcement should apply itself.

Mr Ananta Bijoy Das is only one of several bloggers lynched by a small group of people in Bangladesh. There is a Wikidata item for him. There is no Wikipedia article yet. He is as relevant as so many other people that get killed for the wrong reasons, by people with wrong attitudes.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

#Wikipedia - #Farkhunda III

Farkhunda Zahra Naderi received the N-Peace award. This award celebrates important women in Asia and the award recognises leadership for conflict prevention, resolution and peace building, and promotes the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, and related resolutions, at regional, national and community levels.

Farkhunda is one, Bimala Kadayat is another. Of the eight women who are now known and recognised as N-Peace award winners, only Farkunda has an article in any Wikipedia. It is easy to add more women and add the dates when they were celebrated for their work.

The latest list functionality by Magnus could work on any Wikipedia and important subjects that are subject to change can easily be maintained in this way.

To make it even nicer, I would always link to Reasonator pages for the people mentioned on a list like this. Wikidata is where the data is but it is not informative. I would also like to sort on the date when an award was presented. Finally, these women do not have a description in any language. It demonstrates clearly why automated descriptions are preferable; they may exist in any language and they get updated whenever more details become available.

Monday, May 11, 2015

#Wikidata - #Farkhunda II

There are only three people called Farkhunda. I noticed when I checked to make sure that the lady who was lynched did not have an article yet. One of them Farkhunda Zahra Naderi, is an Afghan member of parliament and, winner of the N Peace award.

Adding more Afghan members of parliament was relatively easy. Many of them were categorized as such. The N Peace award is different. Its website is interesting because it makes the claim why the people who have been recognised by the N Peace award are so relevant.

Magnus has a new functionality in lists for Wikipedia. He blogged about this and the N Peace award is what I hope to use his new functionality for.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

#Reasonator on #mobile

Reasonator has been for a long time the only way to get information out of Wikidata. Magnus decided to improve on it even more and for good reason; traffic from mobile phones is more and more relevant. The latest update makes Reasonator usable on a mobile.

What I like is that you can collapse sections of information so you can see only that part of the information that you care for. In the example I used the International Prize for Arabic Fiction and, I show the timeline prominently.. For the people who care about such thing, there is a winner for 2015.

Monday, May 04, 2015

#Wikidata - #Farkhunda

Farkhunda is a woman who died in Afghanistan because someone said "she has burned the Koran". Some believed it and, now she is dead. The police stood by and did nothing.

In Afghanistan, the police cannot stand idly by while someone is lynched. In this line up of all the people accused of complicity you do not notice them. They wear the same clothes and they get the same respect.

They did not "serve and protect" and it is made plain to all the Afghani police officers what is expected of them.

When you search Wikidata for Farkhunda, there are now only three hits. One of them is for an Afghani politician who won a really prestigious award Wikidata does not know about yet.. There is always more to do..