User talk:Kozuch/Wikidata

From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository
Jump to: navigation, search

Thanks for your proposal, I have been pretty much into Wikidata recentlly and to me it is clear that it can have big benefits for Commons, though it will take quite some time before this is implementable. Here is what I would imagine happening (in say, the next two years):

  1. Move "data-ish" content to Wikidata. That includes creator templates and most info stored in artwork templates
  2. Enable Wikidata's Wikibase software to Commons. That means we would replace intricated ad hoc templatology with something more straightforward and much better structured. For instance instead of {{information|description={{en|}}}}, we could have a description field just like for Wikidata items... That would be more machine friendly, and more user friendly, and we could benefits from tools developed for Wikidata.
  3. Replace categories system with something based on file properties (equivalent of Wikidata's item properties, but for files). It has often been mentionned that our current category system is deeply flawed but until now we did not have any convincing alternative. Wikibase properties seem to be just that. As an example, if you are looking for things related to Pablo Picasso. You will porobably get to Category:Pablo Picasso, that is a hodgepodge of Picasso related files and categories. If we used a property based system, we could have instead a page that would look like:

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish painter <multilingual blurb taken from Wikidata>

diplays images containing Picasso, with options to sort them by date, medium or whatever)


 You may also be interested in <suggested with the help of Wikidata>:

  • Places related to Picasso: 1, 2, 3
  • People influenced by Picasso: 1, 2, 3

It will not be easy to get there, . I think it is possible in the medium term, especially if phase 3 works well. At the very least, I think it is worh a try. --Zolo (talk) 18:57, 21 January 2013 (UTC)