Wikidata:WikidataCon 2017/Submissions/Wikidata-powered infoboxes on the Basque, Catalan and English Wikipedias

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Submission no. 99 + 36 + 24
Title of the submission
Wikidata-powered infoboxes on the Basque, Catalan and English Wikipedias. This session gather three similar submissions with different experiences of how to deploy Wikidata-powered infoboxes.

Author(s) of the submission
User:Mike Peel + User:amadalvarez User:Paucabot + User:Theklan
E-mail address
Special:EmailUser/Mike_Peel + Special:EmailUser/amadalvarez + Special:EmailUser/paucabot + galder158 at
Country of origin
Currently Brazil, originally UK + Catalonia + Basque Country
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
  • Mike: Volunteer (formerly WMUK trustee and FDC member)
  • Amadalvarez+Paucabot: Amical Wikimedia
  • Theklan: Basque Wikimedians User Group

Type of session
Presentation of different Wikidata infoboxes solutions already in production, future goals of each one and Q&A from attendees.
Length of session
55 minutes
Ideal number of attendees
Around 30-40 or more !
EetherPad for documentation


This panel discussion brings together the experiences from including Wikidata information into the infoboxes from three Wikipedias. We will each give a presentation of 5-10 minutes, followed by an audience Q&A. It was originally proposed as three separate sessions, the original abstracts for which are below.

Basque Wikipedia

Wikidata is a powerful tool for small language communities. We can invoke Wikidata and have up-to-date information on a huge variety of topics, reducing the time we waste on template maintenance and centering ourselves on article edition. It's a while since we started to have fully automatic templates in the Basque Wikipedia and the article creation workflow has been dramatically increased, while the templates are now more coherent, better organized and with standard labels. As a small community, this is like a dream that can only go better, as more data will always be available.

Catalan Wikipedia

When we started 2 years ago implementing wikidata to existing infoboxes, we realized that it was huge job because we had hundreds of hyperspecialized infoboxes (regions, professions, church, castle, building, ...). Then, we decided to build core infoboxes that gathered the best features and parameters from all the infoboxes with a similar topic. These new infoboxes work with intense use of wikidata in addition to the same manual parameters they had. De facto, the publishers have stopped entering manual parameters, it is easy to use, and the guarantee of maintenance of volatile contents is higher than before.

Today, 10 "core infoboxes" serve 55% of all cawiki articles and have left behind as obsolete almost 300 infoboxes. All of them include dynamic maps based on OSM (when applied), multivalued properties integrating multiple qualifiers in the edition of the property. Additionally, there are 30-40 highly specialized infoboxes -attending 5-10% of cawiki articles- that have not been able to concentrate, but have been powered with the same wikidata functionalities.

This project has required the homogenization of the names of the parameters that represent the same concept, creating a kind of data dictionary of manual parameters and then, rename the old parameter names in articles in order to run with the new infobox. Our Wikidata module has evolved and, at the moment, it is able to do small editing treatments for the combination property-qualifiers; Manage the gender to return correctly the description of occupations or positions when women; Recover bottom-up hierarchical structures such as taxon or higher territorial units, etc.

The empiric experience allows audience to see (and copy the specific solution) how to handle hundreds of properties.

English Wikipedia

Data from Wikidata is now being used live in a number of infoboxes on the English Wikipedia to display pictures, coordinates, links, numbers with automatically-converted units, location maps, even references. Over 600 700 800 900 1,000 infoboxes are completely Wikidata-driven, and many more are partially Wikidata-driven. A good live example of this is the en:South Pole Telescope, where everything shown in the infobox is fetched from Wikidata (see the picture on the right).

We aren't doing this perfectly yet - there are limitations in the data storage and the programming logic that need to be improved. Community consensus about how to appropriately include Wikidata information is also very important here.

This session will cover the technical process of including Wikidata information on the English Wikipedia (through en:Module:Wikidata and en:Module:WikidataIB), the technical limitations that have been encountered whilst doing so, and the social issues that are also present in this transition. It will also cover the different approaches to Wikidata infoboxes across the different language Wikipedias.

What will attendees take away from this session?
  1. How Wikidata information is being included in Basque, Catalan and English Wikipedia infoboxes
  2. How to fast and easily improve infoboxes with WD and other gadgets from the real solutions currently in use
  3. How small Wikipedias can take advantage of this technology
  4. How to handle difficult data structures of WD, for instance, "position held" or "heritage status", specially "world heritage", etc.
  5. What we have learnt in the way about lack of data on certain topics
  6. What are the main technical and social limitations with this work
  7. What is still impossible, because of technology or data scarcity.
Slides or further information
Special requests
Original proposals

Interested attendees[edit]

MOVED from submission #24 From hundreds manual infoboxes to 10 core wikidata-powered infoxboxes. A WPCA experience
  1. -- YULdigitalpreservation (talk) 18:21, 25 July 2017 (UTC)
  2. -- Jsamwrites (talk)
  3. seav (talk) 17:55, 30 July 2017 (UTC)
  4. -- JakobVoss (talk)
  5. Daniel Mietchen (talk) 07:44, 31 July 2017 (UTC)
  6. Jklamo (talk) 00:05, 1 August 2017 (UTC)
  7. --Micru (talk) 11:26, 11 August 2017 (UTC)
  8. Gikü (talk) 15:15, 21 August 2017 (UTC)
  9. Rosiestep (talk) 03:06, 27 October 2017 (UTC)

MOVED from submission #36 Invoking Wikidata in small language communities
  1. --Touzrimounir (talk) 13:18, 12 June 2017 (UTC)
  2. —M@sssly 11:35, 20 June 2017 (UTC)
  3. --Lucyfediachambers (talk) 07:34, 28 June 2017 (UTC)
  4. Concerned for the breton language, VIGNERON (talk) 07:42, 29 June 2017 (UTC)
  5. Ash Crow (talk) 08:28, 30 June 2017 (UTC)
  6. Llywelyn2000 (talk) 14:11, 10 July 2017 (UTC)
  7. Andreasm háblame / just talk to me 02:11, 26 July 2017 (UTC)
  8. Daniel Mietchen (talk) 07:52, 31 July 2017 (UTC)
  9. Jsamwrites (talk)
  10. --Amadalvarez (talk) 05:36, 3 August 2017 (UTC)
  11. --Micru (talk) 13:58, 11 August 2017 (UTC)
  12. --Sannita - not just another sysop 16:47, 1 September 2017 (UTC)

MOVED from submission #99 Wikidata-powered infoboxes on the English Wikipedia
  1. --Lucyfediachambers (talk) 07:37, 28 June 2017 (UTC)
  2. Fuzheado (talk) 14:27, 3 July 2017 (UTC) - Incredibly useful and already dividends being paid on en.wp with Infobox Artwork. Need to discuss critical issues in getting buy-in or running into cultural conflicts with existing Wikimedia communities. -- Fuzheado (talk) 14:27, 3 July 2017 (UTC)
  3. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits
  4. ArthurPSmith (talk) 20:37, 24 July 2017 (UTC)
  5. Jsamwrites (talk)
  6. seav (talk) 18:19, 30 July 2017 (UTC)
  7. Daniel Mietchen (talk) 08:18, 31 July 2017 (UTC)
  8. Jklamo (talk) 00:09, 1 August 2017 (UTC)
  9. Carlojoseph14 (talk) 15:55, 8 August 2017 (UTC)
  10. Sannita - not just another sysop 19:53, 2 September 2017 (UTC)
  11. Rehman 10:51, 27 October 2017 (UTC)