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Proposed Changes to Internal Links Feature :
Starting to Build a SEMANTIC Wiki with a few simple changes to the INTERNAL LINKS Feature
With a few simple changes to the Internal Links feature, we can all start to incrementally build a wonderful semantic network version of Wikipedia!
Here's what I'm proposing initially :
When someone creates an internal link while editing a page it would create a Default link type called "Other : <stub>". But it would also open a small window with checkboxes that the person can tick (and/or others can edit later - just like the pages themselves - eg. wiki-able link-types/link descriptors).
Here are some potential basic link-types that a person could TICK off for any given internal link :
Is-a Is-a-subtype-of Is-an-example of
Contains can-include Is-part-of
Co-occurs / Is Associated with Excludes (eg. negative association or neg. correlation)
Causes Can-cause Is-caused-by Can-be-caused-by
Uses Is-used by
This will VERY RAPIDLY allow Wikipedia contributors to turn the existing wonderful entries into an active semantic network that one can search and do inference upon! It will also allow for multiple inheritance and other delights of object-oriented programming to be rapidly and incrementally be implemented by Wikipedia contributors.
For example :
a city is-a-subtype-of location New York City is-an-example-of a city.
Non small cell lung cancer is-a-subtype-of lung cancer
Dyspnea is-a symptom
Dyspnea can-be-caused-by lung cancer.
Lung cancer is-a-subtype of cancer
Cancer can-be-caused-by smoking.
Jimi Hendrix is-an-example-of a historical person
Jimi Hendrix is-an-example-of a guitarist
A guitarist Uses a guitar.
And so forth.
This OPTIONAL capability - that is initially completely transparant to MOST users will eventually allow for much more enhanced search capabilities and inference capabilities.
For example : FIND all SYMPTOMS that can-be-caused-by smoking.
The eventual possibilities are very substantial and it comes with virtually no change to most users and contributors.
A contributor who doesn't want to specify the LINK-TYPE will just leave it as OTHER : (Stub). Other folks may then come along later and EDIT the LINK TYPES adding additional ones or deleting or modifying them in typical wiki-fashion. EG. : not only are the PAGES modifiable by users, but also the LINK-TYPES.
People clicking on the internal links will still go to the same pages as before with the same experience as before. (However at a later date it may be possible - for example to do wonderful inferences and searches on specific link types.
Eg. Find all the pages of people who were guitarists and played in New York city.
Eg : find all the pages of diseases that can-cause dyspnea AND can-cause chest pain AND cooccurs-with obesity
OR other such capabilities.
More on this later, but I've got to go now.
What do you folks think ?
It should be fairly straightforward to implement! Just a change to the Internal-links method....
Any thoughts ?
22.214.171.124 06:16, 12 March 2007 (UTC) G. Holt
this article is marked a stub... what else should be added?
- The use of hypertext in Wikipedia has been taken to an absurd and annoying level. I find the unnecessary links to dates, and other references which have no relevance to the subject of the article, to be a distraction and a possible waste of the readers' time following those links. A more judicious use of internal links would improve the quality of the site. Also, repeated links within articles should be limited dramatically. An article about mideast crises with a link every time Israel is mentioned is preposterous.
- Further, it would be very helpful if an option to turn off the hypertext could be installed. At the least, the usual option to chose "copy" rather than "copy shortcut" should be enabled. I like to copy out portions for my own use (I prefer to read offline) and the hypertext copy is a God-awful mess. Abstrator 21:07, 16 July 2006 (UTC)
- I emphatically agree with what you say in the first paragraph of your comment. There needs to be a policy about this! I have been using Wikipedia for years and still in almost every article I read I end up hovering my mouse over blue text, to see the URL, thinking for example that surely no one would put an internal link to 2005. Emotion chip disabled (talk) —Preceding comment was added at 18:50, 30 June 2008 (UTC)
Shouldn't this be in Wiktionary, rather than Wikipedia? Gruber76 16:52, 2 May 2007 (UTC)