[Talk-GB] Adding links to Wikidata (and Wikipedia?)

Andy Mabbett andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk
Sat Jun 14 15:08:21 UTC 2014

On 14 June 2014 12:31, Robert Norris <rw_norris at hotmail.com> wrote:

> How do/would Wikidata links relate to Wikipedia links in OSM objects?
> i.e. Does this suggest Wikidata links should supercede Wikipedia links or would they be complimentary?

Strictly speaking, a Wikidata link makes links to Wikipedia redundant,
as the Wikidata item itself links to relevant Wikipedia pages.
Pragmatically, though, human editors (as opposed to machine parsers)
may prefer to see a Wikipedia link, in their own and or the local
language(s), as they have text labels in the language concerned.

It's also, for simialr reasons, easier for a human editor to add a
Wikipedia link, but a script (or even the editing tool itself) could
then do a lookup and subistite, or add, the Wikidata ID.

> Presumably if complimentary (to maintain existing data users' usage of Wikipedia tags) - one could write a test to confirm they are referencing the same thing to check consistency.

One could. It's the sort of thing a validator like that in JOSM might check.

Andy Mabbett

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