Wikidata:First Birthday

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Wikidata turns one!
Wikidata went live one year ago, on 29 October 2012. Because of the community's passion and hard work in building the project, Wikidata has progressed by leaps and bounds over the past year and is thriving today. In celebration of the project's first birthday, we have put together this page with some special notes and interviews to mark this momentous anniversary. We have a message for the community from development team product manager Lydia Pintscher, a state of the project op-ed by Sven Manguard, an interview with four administrators, and section on the right where you can share your own well-wishes with the community. Congratulations and best wishes for another great year!
A message from the development team
In 2005 Denny and Markus gave a talk at the very first Wikimania about their idea of a semantic Wikipedia. They had this dream of bringing the semantic web to Wikimedia to help improve Wikipedia and the other projects on various levels. Denny famously said back then that this would probably take someone who is familiar with MediaWiki about 2 weeks. Since then a lot has happened. (And well it took a bit longer than 2 weeks ;-)) Denny and Markus started the Semantic MediaWiki project and together with others gave MediaWiki the ability to "understand". Semantic MediaWiki is widely used in small and large wikis all over the world by now. Along the way they learned many lessons about how people use structured data in a wiki, how to handle it on a technical level and much more. Then, finally, in 2011 things fell into place and Denny got the opportunity to gather a team to develop Wikidata and bring structured data to Wikimedia. We started work in early 2012 and after a few months of work had the first things to show. One year ago today the website was launched and Q1 was created. In this past year so many great things have happened — too many to name them all. Looking back at what we all together have achieved in this short time still blows my mind. It is beyond what I could have hoped for when I said yes to joining the project. We have together:
  • removed more than 240 000 000 language links from the Wikipedias
  • created more than 21 000 000 statements
  • made more than 84 000 000 edits
  • become the 5th most active Wikimedia project with nearly 4000 active editors (5+ edits in the last 30 days)
  • nearly 600 editors who are very active (100+ edits in the last 30 days)
  • brought in nearly 5000 new Wikimedians for whom Wikidata is the first project they contributed to

Most importantly though, we as a community didn't just stop at the things the development team was able to provide. So many cool tools have already been built on top of Wikidata that show the power of a large repository of structured data – sometimes in ways we had not even thought of. Here's just a small subset of them:

We've together truly brought Wikimedia closer to its vision of a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. Thank you to everyone who joined us along the way so far. Thank you for being the most amazing community we could hope for. Here's to many more years to come. Here's to many more amazing things that will become possible through Wikidata. Happy birthday, Wikidata!

Lydia Pintscher, for the development team
State of the project op-ed
Sven Manguard prepared an op-ed, "State of the project: What we're doing right, what we're not, and what to look for in the year ahead", that reflects on where Wikidata is getting it right and what areas it needs to improve on in the coming year.

Read the op-ed

An interview with four administrators
We interviewed four long time Wikidata contributors and administrators, Legoktm, Izno, 분당선M, and John F. Lewis, about their experiences with the project, and got their thoughts on Wikidata's greatest achievements and greatest shortcomings thus far.

Read the interview

Birthday wishes from the community
* I remember the first day Wikidata was live, creating a few items like Q142. I was amazed by its potential. It has obviously changed a lot since then. Congrats to the Wikidata community and to everyone who made this possible! πr2 (tc) 00:06, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Alles Gute, Wikidata and thanks to everyone who made it possible! Looking forward to many more years of Qs and Ps! --Mineo (talk) 00:08, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
  • I was there since the beta-testing period. I missed some of the last days because of personal reasons, but I'm doing lots of efforts offline to bring more data to Wikidata. Because I believe in this project. :) --Sannita - not just another sysop 00:39, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
  • .... .- .--. .--. -.-- -... .. .-. - .... -.. .- -.-- --..-- .-- .. -.- .. -.. .- - .-! Emw (talk) 01:12, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
  • YAY! Happy birthday, Wikidata! --by ReviDCMG at 03:31, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Sounds great! 1st anniversary! I wanna celebrate 2nd, 3rd, ..., 10th, 20th, ... anniversaries!!!--Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 04:35, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Congratulations to the awesome community that made this vision a reality! Wikidata is just at its beginning, and I am looking very much forward to how it will continue to develop. Yay! --Denny (talk) 05:16, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
  • I love you full..... Wagino 20100516 (talk) 07:46, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Happy Birthday Wikidata :) One year is a long time... and I'm happy I've been all this time here. --Stryn (talk) 08:47, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Congratulations on Wikidata anniversary. May it continue to enrich wiki ecosystem and help in ways that no one imagined.-- 10:40, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Happy birthday Wikidata! --Sjoerd de Bruin (talk) 10:48, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Happy Birthday Q167545 Xmlizer (talk) 11:08, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
  • A lot have been done, but more importantly by far even more is to be :) TomT0m (talk) 11:49, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Happy Birthday Wikidata! Nice to see how a new project grows :) --Wiki13 talk 11:54, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Happy birthday, Wikidata! Namnguyenvn (talk) 12:26, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
  • 维基数据,生日快乐。现在也是1岁的小宝宝了,希望你会越来越好。--TianyinLee (talk) 12:33, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Happy Birthday Wikidata! --AmaryllisGardener (talk) 13:34, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Happy birthday Wikidata, Thank you for being such a fantastic project Amir (talk) 13:46, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Happy Birthday Wikidata and all of us! --Paperoastro (talk) 14:07, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
  • I can't imagine how we were contributing in wikipedia without wikidata! Wikidata is simply amazing. Xaris333 (talk) 15:56, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Happy birthday! Rzuwig 16:27, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Χρόνια Πολλά (Happy birthday) from Βικιπαίδεια (el-wiki). --FocalPoint (talk) 16:30, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Gratulerer med dagen Wikidata! Congratulations and Happy Birthday Wikidata! Here's to being a part of it for many years to come! --CatQuest, The Endavouring Cat (talk) 17:12, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
  • ¡Felicitaciones Wikidata! Ya vamos un año de una Wikimedia más interactiva. Congrats! --Zerabat (talk) 18:11, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Congratulazioni!!! Incredibile =) --Erik1991 (talk) 21:44, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Buon compleanno! and thanks to all, developers and users --ValterVB (talk) 22:23, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Happy birthday -- congrats on one year! --Another Believer (talk) 22:39, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Amazing how much has been achieved in such a short time :) Happy birthday and there will hopefully be many more. Delsion23 (talk) 22:49, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Hartelijk gefeliciteerd met de eerste verjaardag. HenkvD (talk) 12:30, 30 October 2013 (UTC)
  • I can't express my feelings through words. Thank you and congratulations to all the volunteers and developers.........વિકિડેટા વર્ષગાંઠની ખૂબ ખૂબ શુભેચ્છા..--Vyom25 (talk) 17:29, 30 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Všechno nejlepší k narozeninám a hodně úspěchů do budoucna! (Happy birthday and many achievements in the futurue!) Looking forward to the second! Matěj Suchánek (talk) 19:08, 30 October 2013 (UTC)
  • In 2022 we'll remember these moments together... HAPPY BIRTHDAY WIKIDATA! --Ricordisamoa 00:07, 31 October 2013 (UTC)
  • My best congratulations, too! -- Bene* talk 17:59, 31 October 2013 (UTC)
  • All your base are belong to everyone! --NaBUru38 (talk) 21:46, 31 October 2013 (UTC)
  • I recall wanting something like this years ago. I asked on a talk page around 2008-2009, and got the answer it had already been proposed. Then one day in late 2012-early 2013 it was suddenly there. J 1982 (talk) 11:41, 3 November 2013 (UTC)
  • Long live Wikidata! There are too many things we'll be glad to bring on them to feel like everything's been done ;) -- Ата (talk) 16:07, 3 November 2013 (UTC)
  • A very belated, but very enthusiastic happy birthday from me. It's awesome what's been done with this wiki in just a year, and how it's affected other Wikimedia wikis for the better. TCN7JM 16:22, 3 November 2013 (UTC)
  • Congratulations to everybody, you're amazing! ;-) --Phyrexian ɸ 00:16, 7 November 2013 (UTC)
  • As one would expect from a one-year-old, it does not walk or talk yet. I wonder if it ever will... /Esquilo (talk) 09:19, 14 November 2013 (UTC)
  • Happy, happy birthday! I see amazing projects in your future. ;-) Liz (talk) 03:14, 15 November 2013 (UTC)
  • One of Wikimedia's greatest ideas. Happy first birthday! -- t numbermaniac c 11:05, 21 November 2013 (UTC)
  • Congratulations to the whole team! --CissouX (talk) 22:23, 3 December 2013 (UTC)