[OSM-talk] Adding wikidata tags to the remaining objects with only wikipedia tag

Simon Poole simon at poole.ch
Wed Sep 20 13:11:06 UTC 2017



Am 20.09.2017 um 15:02 schrieb Oleksiy Muzalyev:
> I apologize for ignorance, but what is MB? I also did not understand 
> - what is more neutral? Adding the wikidata tag or wikipedia &
> wikimedia tag?
MB==Mapbox. For now retaining the WP link seems to be in our best
interest as otherwise it requires a data consumer to use wikidata to get
a useful reference to wikipedia (see for example the use in Nominatim as
Sarah has pointed out). Naturally from a pure CS pov that is naturally
unnecessary redundancy, but we have that all over the place.

Simon


>
> I noticed during disambiguation error corrections that some of these
> errors appear when a  Wikipedia article was renamed, but only in the
> Wikipedia, and not in the OSM. Wikipedia articles are being renamed
> quite often, for example when a town was renamed.
>
> As far as I know wikidata items are not renamed. Wikidata item tag is
> only 7 characters, while wikipedia or wikimedia link could be dozens
> of characters. So it takes less space in the database, it is easy to
> export, etc.
>
> Best regards,
> Oleksiy
>
> On 9/20/2017 2:31 PM, Simon Poole wrote:
>> You raise an important point.
>>
>> I've commented before, years back in the mean time, on the push to move
>> information out of OSM in to a third party product over which have no
>> control and which, if we are not careful, could impact the value of what
>> we in OSM are doing and distributing (just see MBs use of wikidata in
>> lieu of OSM place names). It would further be very naive to not see the
>> competitive angle of what is happening here.
>>
>> On the other hand lots of the wikidata related additions would seem to
>> be fairly neutral (WD references additionally to WP links and so on).
>>
>> Simon
>


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