[OSM-talk] OSM Wikibase is now live

Yuri Astrakhan yuriastrakhan at gmail.com
Tue Sep 18 09:30:08 UTC 2018


as of today, OSM Wiki can store structured tag metadata similar to
Wikidata.  In every possible language, cross-linked, with images,
validation rules, or anything else the community decides to store there.
See examples:

Key:bridge:movable:    https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Item:Q104
Tag:bridge:movable=bascule:   https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Item:Q888

I have imported most frequent Keys from the TagInfo, plus parsed wiki pages
to try to get multilingual descriptions, images, etc.  Our next step is to
add more descriptive properties, translations, validations(?), better
images. The structured data is accessible via Lua (our new templating
language), so at some point we may want to replace info cards and tables(?)
with the automatically generated ones.

Help is needed: our wiki is large and multilingual. If you can help,
especially if you can run a wiki bot to automate some data parsing and
wikibase item creation, please reply. When editing, please do not change or
translate the "label" field. Only use description field for the translation
efforts, add statements, etc. If you need new properties, please write at

Other fun links:

Documentation:  https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OpenStreetMap:Wikibase
All items:
Other bridge:movable tags:

Reg-ex based validation rules:

For many Key:* pages, you will now see a link on the left side
"OpenStreetMap Wiki item".

P.S.  Big thank you goes to Tom Hughes for helping to launch this project!
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