[Tagging] part_of:wikidata key

Eugene Alvin Villar seav80 at gmail.com
Tue Nov 28 14:47:45 UTC 2017


On Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 10:36 PM, Kevin Kenny <kevin.b.kenny+osm at gmail.com>
wrote:

> ... but I don't believe that I've ever actually seen an application that
> uses it, and don't have a real understanding of how it is used and what can
> be done with it that cannot be done without it.


Like OSM, you don't immediately see that an application uses Wikidata until
you read the fine print or dig deeper. For an example, the Moving Map
in-flight application of Eurowings "is powered by the magic of Wikidata":
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DAkpeFQWsAApvKI.jpg

There are many other examples of applications, tools, and websites that use
Wikidata. You just won't see it at first glance.

To answer your second point, sure, you don't really need Wikidata and you
can directly go to the source databases that Wikidata links to, but
Wikidata is increasingly becoming a central hub for linking various
disparate databases together via their primary identifiers. In addition,
Wikidata is also increasingly becoming a go-to knowledge base in and of
itself. Google, in fact, shut down the Freebase project that they acquired
in favor of Wikidata.
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