[Talk-GB] Ideas for quarterly projects

Andy Townsend ajt1047 at gmail.com
Tue Dec 6 19:59:29 UTC 2016

On 06/12/2016 19:32, Andy Mabbett wrote:
> ....  also Wikidata - ...

Upon reading that my first thought was actually "checking all of the 
wikidata references that have been added by people not necessarily 
familiar with the area".

See, for example, the discussion on 
http://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/43749373 - lots of links have 
been added, many are wrong (FSVO of "wrong" - often wikidata has only 
one entity where OSM as two (e.g. "village" and "admin area"), and the 
wikidata entry describes itself being one of those only, and the "other" 
OSM item is also linked to it (incorrectly).

Unfortunately the wikidata links that have been added in this way 
devalue all the ones added by people who actually knew what they were 
doing, which is a shame.  One way to rectify this might be to have 
people who actually know a particular area validate all the stuff that 
has been added by the various "mechanical turk" accounts.

Whether it's worth having it as a quarterly project is a different 
question of course - it's essentially a "bucket and shovel" job, and 
therefore something of a thankless task.

Best Regards,


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