Abstract Wikipedia

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Abstract Wikipedia uses Wikifunctions to create a language-independent version of Wikipedia using its structured data.[1]

The goal of Abstract Wikipedia is to let more people share more knowledge in more languages. Abstract Wikipedia is a conceptual extension of Wikidata. In Abstract Wikipedia, people can create and maintain Wikipedia articles in a language-independent way. A particular language Wikipedia can translate this language-independent article into its language. Code does the translation.

Wikifunctions is a new Wikimedia project that allows anyone to create and maintain code. This is useful in many different ways. It provides a catalog of all kinds of functions that anyone can call, write, maintain, and use. It also provides code that translates the language-independent article from Abstract Wikipedia into the language of a Wikipedia. This allows everyone to read the article in their language. Wikifunctions will use knowledge about words and entities from Wikidata.

The overall project was conceived by Denny Vrandečić, the co-founder of Wikidata, in a Google working paper in April 2020,[2] formally proposed in May 2020 (as Wikilambda), and approved by the Wikimedia Foundation board of trustees in July 2020 as Abstract Wikipedia.[3][4][5] In March 2021, Vrandečić published an overview of the system in the article "Building a Multilingual Wikipedia" in the computer science journal Communications of the ACM.[6]


  1. ^ Hill, Paul (13 April 2020). "Wikidata founder floats idea for balanced multilingual Wikipedia". Neowin. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  2. ^ Vrandečić, Denny (8 April 2020). "Architecture for a multilingual Wikipedia". arXiv:2004.04733 [cs.CY].
  3. ^ Maher, Katherine. "Abstract Wikipedia/June 2020 announcement - Meta". meta.wikimedia.org.
  4. ^ ""Abstract Wikipedia": Neues Projekt soll Wissen in alle Sprachen übersetzen". RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (in German). 6 July 2020. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  5. ^ Rixecker, Kim (6 July 2020). "Abstract Wikipedia: Wie das Online-Lexikon eines seiner größten Probleme lösen will". t3n Magazine (in German). Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  6. ^ Denny Vrandečić (April 2021). "Building a Multilingual Wikipedia". Communications of the ACM. 64 (4): 38–41. doi:10.1145/3425778. ISSN 0001-0782. Wikidata Q106143058.

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