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Submissions/Making Infoboxes easier to edit and maintain with the help of Wikidata

This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2015.

Submission no.
Title of the submission

Making Infoboxes easier to edit and maintain with the help of Wikidata

Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)


Author of the submission

Marius Hoch (hoo)

E-mail address



Hoo man

Country of origin


Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

Wikimedia Deutschland

Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

Recently the Wikidata project evolved faster than ever which leads to new possibilities not only for the Wikidata project itself. Using the newly developed features and the steadily increasing amount of data on Wikidata we can enhance the way content is being provided and managed within the whole Wikimedia movement.

Many Wiki pages feature so called Infoboxes which are simple tables containing basic facts about the page's subject. Traditionally the data these Infoboxes contain is stored in the wikitext of each page. There are several problems attached to that. For instance, when these basic facts change (for example when the mayor of a city changes or a there's a new version of a software) all language versions of Wikipedia that have an article about a given subject need to be updated in order to reflect that change. That's a time consuming task for editors and can lead to outdated information in case no one regularly updates that data.

Now that Wikidata exists as a central data store for Wikimedia projects and Wikibase, the software behind the Wikidata project, is steadily improving, these problems can be solved in a more convenient way. Also with Capiunto Infoboxes can easily be assembled using Lua in a manner that is simple and works consistently across projects, while still being very flexible and giving editors full control of how the information will be displayed.

For starters this presentation will give an overview of the data structure of Wikidata. After that it will be shown how that data can be used on Wiki pages that are linked with Wikidata (for example on Wikipedia). The presentation will feature both made up example Infoboxes and real world examples of (partly) dataless Infoboxes from Wikipedia. While the presentation will especially focus on the combination of Wikibase client and Capiunto, it will also outline how each of these can be used individually, as they don't depend on each other.

After the presentation there will be a question and answer session with the author of the submission and other Wikidata developers.


Technology, Interface & Infrastructure

Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
30 minutes
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Making Infoboxes easier to edit and maintain with the help of Wikidata
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  1. Daniel Mietchen (talk) 00:27, 27 February 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Sannita (talk) 23:08, 27 February 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Orderinchaos (talk) 08:49, 28 February 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  4. Tpt (talk) 20:14, 28 February 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  5. NavinoEvans (talk) 14:00, 1 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  6. CT Cooper · talk 21:45, 2 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  7. Ocaasi (talk) 23:37, 4 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  8. One of the most promising developments in the MediaWiki tech world!!! Amir E. Aharoni (talk) 15:01, 6 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  9. guillom (talk) 00:05, 8 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  10. Would be particularly interested in discussion of data quality control and how inexperienced users can edit infoboxes. Risker (talk) 01:09, 8 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  11. Aude (talk) 04:28, 8 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  12. Mrjohncummings (talk) 21:55, 9 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]
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