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Previous discussion was archived at User talk:Spinster/Archive 1 on 2016-06-16.

Gereon K. (talkcontribs)

Hello. I don't mind that User:Liuxinyu970226 added my phone number and e-mail address to my Wikidata entry, there was no need to remove them. :)

Liuxinyu970226 (talkcontribs)
Gereon K. (talkcontribs)

They are, and on many other places in the Wikiworld as well.

Spinster (talkcontribs)

Hello @Gereon K. - then perhaps (while we don't have a clearer policy on Wikidata yet) it's probably good if you mention that on your item's talk page? I'm not a GDPR expert, but I think I understood that explicit permission from individuals is needed to collect personal information like this. We also may want to think of a system to collect such explicit permissions unambiguously and with verified connection to the individuals' identities (OTRS?) - also pinging @ChristianKl who has been quite active on policies related to living people.

Gereon K. (talkcontribs)

I edited the item about me after the the information was added. I regard this as consent. And it would be easy to change the statements as such in such a way that they give a warning when applied to a human, but they don't.

ChristianKl (talkcontribs)
Gereon K. (talkcontribs)

Someone who is concerned about personal information is User:Notafish. She raised awareness about this for example here and here.

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Deleting statements with contact data

Discostu (talkcontribs)

I have noticed that you deleted many telephone numbers and email addresses today. What is the reasoning behind it? Is there any rule stating that these should not be added to the database?

Spinster (talkcontribs)

Yes, I have done that because I believe that structurally adding these to Wikidata is risky and potentially a privacy violation, which can get the community deeply in trouble with the European GDPR legislation. I have not deleted telephone numbers and email addresses of politicians, as these are public figures who actually need to be reachable as part of their public duty.

Spinster (talkcontribs)

I am aware that many of these email addresses and telephone numbers have been sourced from university websites and personal websites, but I believe that we should be very cautious with that. If someone's email address and phone number is listed on such websites, it does definitely not mean that they want that data to be replicated or aggregated elsewhere, especially not in a broadly scoped project like Wikidata whose data will be harvested for many other purposes.

Discostu (talkcontribs)

I think that this should be discussed with the community instead of deciding the mass deletion of data on your own. If the discussion leads to the same conclusion as you do, there then could be constraints be added to these properties.

Spinster (talkcontribs)
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Hjart (talkcontribs)
Spinster (talkcontribs)
Reply to "busts->sculpture"
PKM (talkcontribs)

The museum site links in the M-Museum Leuven (Q2362660) items you imported in 2016 all seem to be dead. These items are in See example at The Last Supper (Q21975692). I think we should propose a new property for " ID" - currently there are links to the database as "stated in", "reference URL", "described at URL". etc. I have no idea how to do the regex for a number like "24062A51.priref.19255" (I am hopeless with regex). What do you think?

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Hogü-456 (talkcontribs)

Hello Sandra,

you added for Streetnames in Rotterdam an URL to the city archieve in Rotterdam three years ago. For example at Q13442658. As it seems these pages behind the URLs dont exist longer. Do you know since when they dont exist and if these pages are archieved. Is InternetArchieveBot active in Wikidata I think this bot could help archieving data sources that they keep available.

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Trade (talkcontribs)

Got a any idea what happened to this (proposed?) property? The Mix'n'Match entry were created four years ago but it doesn't seem like anything came out of it?

Spinster (talkcontribs)

To be honest, I have no idea! I apparently did most of the manual matches on this catalog, but have not been involved in its creation or the property otherwise. Sorry! Maybe the members of Wikidata:WikiProject every politician know more....

Structured Data - blogs posted in Wikimedia Space

MediaWiki message delivery (talkcontribs)

There are two separate blog entries for Structured Data on Commons posted to Wikimedia Space that are of interest:

  • Working with Structured Data on Commons: A Status Report, by Lucas Werkmeister, discusses some ways that editors can work with structured data. Topics include tools that have been written or modified for structured data, in addition to future plans for tools and querying services.
  • Structured Data on Commons - A Blog Series, written by me, is a five-part posting that covers the basics of the software and features that were built to make structured data happen. The series is meant to be friendly to those who may have some knowledge of Commons, but may not know much about the structured data project.
I hope these are informative and useful, comments and questions are welcome. All the blogs offer a comment feature, and you can log in with your Wikimedia account using oAuth. I look forward to seeing some posts over there. -- Keegan (WMF) (talk) 21:33, 23 September 2019 (UTC)
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Structured Data Newsletter - Research link fix

MediaWiki message delivery (talkcontribs)


The newsletter omitted two interwiki prefixes, breaking the links on non-meta wikis as you might see above. Here are the correct links:

  1. m:Research:Curation workflows on Wikimedia Commons—a project that seeks to understand the current workflows of Commons contributors who curate media (categorize it, delete it, link to it from other projects, etc.).
  2. m:Research:Technical needs of external re-users of Commons media—soliciting feedback from individuals and organizations that re-use Commons content outside of Wikimedia projects, in order to understand their current painpoints and unmet needs.

My apologies, I hope you find the corrected links helpful.

- Keegan (WMF) (talk) 21:21, 6 July 2018 (UTC)

85jesse (talkcontribs)

You receive this message because you previously matched persons from the GTAA (the Thesaurus for Audiovisual Archives) with items on Wikidata. We would like to inform you about some improvements that we have made to that catalogue on Mix’n’Match. We have improved the automatic links and added additional information from our catalogue (what we’ve called ‘extracted terms’) to the terms. We hope that this makes matching the thesaurus with Wikidata that much more fun and easier. Read more about this project here or in Dutch WikiProject Dutch Media History nl here. Best! 85jesse (talk) 08:02, 18 July 2018 (UTC)

Structured Data on Commons Newsletter - Fall 2018 edition

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Welcome to the newsletter for Structured Data on Wikimedia Commons! You can update your subscription to the newsletter. Do inform others who you think will want to be involved in the project!

Community updates
Things to do / input and feedback requests


Since the last newsletter:

Presentations / Press / Events
Partners and allies
  • The info portal on Structured Commons now includes a section on GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums).
  • We are currently planning the first GLAM pilot projects that will use structured data on Wikimedia Commons. One project has already started: the Swedish Heritage Board researches and develops a prototype tool to provide improved metadata (translations, data additions...) from Wikimedia Commons back to the source institution. Read the project brief.
  • The documentation for batch uploads of files to Wikimedia Commons will be improved in 2019, as part of preparing for Structured Data on Wikimedia Commons. To prepare, the GLAM team at the Wikimedia Foundation wants to understand better which types of documentation you already use, and how you like to learn new GLAM-Wiki skills and knowledge. Fill in a short survey to provide input!
Stay up to date!

-- Keegan (WMF) (talk)

Message sent by MediaWiki message delivery - 17:58, 7 December 2018 (UTC)