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Speedy deletion nomination of Julie Sussman[edit]

A tag has been placed on Julie Sussman requesting that it be speedily deleted from Wikipedia. This has been done for the following reason:

This page used to be redirected to SICP. SICP is a book, not a person. She is an author of the book, hence it is misleading to redirect from a person's page to a book she has written. Since there is no content for this page, I am requesting a speedy deletion. Just in case, someone decides to write an article about her, it can be restored. This article seems unnecessary as of now (given that it has no content anyway).

Under the criteria for speedy deletion, pages that meet certain criteria may be deleted at any time.

If you think this page should not be deleted for this reason, you may contest the nomination by visiting the page and clicking the button labelled "Contest this speedy deletion". This will give you the opportunity to explain why you believe the page should not be deleted. However, be aware that once a page is tagged for speedy deletion, it may be deleted without delay. Please do not remove the speedy deletion tag from the page yourself, but do not hesitate to add information in line with Wikipedia's policies and guidelines. If the page is deleted, and you wish to retrieve the deleted material for future reference or improvement, then please contact the deleting administrator, or if you have already done so, you can place a request here. 2Dpedia (talk) 09:11, 30 March 2018 (UTC)

404 error[edit]

Hey Edward, just wanted to note I am getting a 404 error from Find Links :( Its one of my favourite tools, Sadads (talk) 23:36, 16 November 2015 (UTC)

Sorry about that. I've fixed it. Thanks for letting me know. Edward (talk) 08:18, 17 November 2015 (UTC)

ArbCom elections are now open![edit]

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Speedy deletion nomination of 123-reg[edit]

Hello Edward,

I wanted to let you know that I just tagged 123-reg for deletion, because it doesn't appear to contain any encyclopedic content. Take a look at our suggestions for essential content in short articles to learn what should be included.

If you feel that the article shouldn't be deleted and want more time to work on it, you can contest this deletion, but please don't remove the speedy deletion tag from the top.

You can leave a note on my talk page if you have questions. AssortedLiquorice (talk) 10:22, 1 December 2015 (UTC)

Nathanael Kapner[edit]

I just undid a piping of a link you had put in at Nathanael Kapner. The existing Wikilink for War on Christmas was already being redirected to Christmas controversy, to which you piped it. For the reasons discussed at WP:NOTBROKEN, it's best to let such redirects do their work, rather than piping to the redirected page. Thanks for your efforts to improve Wikipedia! --Nat Gertler (talk) 19:49, 11 December 2015 (UTC)

trafficking in Egypt[edit]

Hi Edward,

Just curious if you have any contacts in Egypt that are working on or against trafficking or interacting with victims. Thanks! Bonita Bgparson (talk) 07:00, 18 December 2015 (UTC)

Happy adminship day[edit]

Wikipedia Administrator.svg Wishing Edward a very happy adminship anniversary on behalf of the Wikipedia Birthday Committee! Tito Dutta (talk) 17:36, 8 January 2016 (UTC)

Find links[edit]

Where has find links gone? I can't find it these days. Pkeets (talk) 02:32, 4 February 2016 (UTC)

Nevermind. I found it with a search. Pkeets (talk) 02:36, 4 February 2016 (UTC)

Admin help request[edit]

I need some help, I need an administrator to stop a person with the IP 198.134.93.254 from undoing accurate data from the Steppenwolf Band Wiki page.... the person is married to a former band member and she has a vendetta out for other band members because her husband was fired from the band several times — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:601:C700:D3DE:65AB:E430:572B:1026 (talk) 15:50, 6 February 2016 (UTC)

Category:24-hour television news channels has been nominated for discussion[edit]

Category:24-hour television news channels, which you created, has been nominated for possible deletion, merging, or renaming. A discussion is taking place to see if it abides with the categorization guidelines. If you would like to participate in the discussion, you are invited to add your comments at the category's entry on the categories for discussion page. Thank you. PanchoS (talk) 16:08, 11 February 2016 (UTC)

Impossibility theory listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]

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An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect Impossibility theory. Since you had some involvement with the Impossibility theory redirect, you might want to participate in the redirect discussion if you have not already done so. Ivanvector 🍁 (talk) 19:45, 17 February 2016 (UTC)

Never mind, I decided to be bold instead. Comments welcome, though. Ivanvector 🍁 (talk) 19:50, 17 February 2016 (UTC)

May 2016[edit]

Mesoamerican region[edit]

Hi Edward - I see you've been mass linking Mesoamerican articles to Mesoamerican region - however, that article is an article on the modern economic region, not the cultural region, and it is not relevant to the vast majority of the articles you have linked - please check the target article before performing mass links like this. Thanks, Simon Burchell (talk) 19:05, 31 May 2016 (UTC)

Thanks for letting me know, much appreciated. Edward (talk) 19:30, 31 May 2016 (UTC)

2016 Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Search Community Survey[edit]

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Big bonus culture listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]

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Disambiguation link notification for July 28[edit]

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Extended confirmed protection[edit]

Padlock-blue.svgHello, Edward. This message is intended to notify administrators of important changes to the protection policy.

Extended confirmed protection (also known as "30/500 protection") is a new level of page protection that only allows edits from accounts at least 30 days old and with 500 edits. The automatically assigned "extended confirmed" user right was created for this purpose. The protection level was created following this community discussion with the primary intention of enforcing various arbitration remedies that prohibited editors under the "30 days/500 edits" threshold to edit certain topic areas.

In July and August 2016, a request for comment established consensus for community use of the new protection level. Administrators are authorized to apply extended confirmed protection to combat any form of disruption (e.g. vandalism, sock puppetry, edit warring, etc.) on any topic, subject to the following conditions:

  • Extended confirmed protection may only be used in cases where semi-protection has proven ineffective. It should not be used as a first resort.
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Please review the protection policy carefully before using this new level of protection on pages. Thank you.
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Category:Commerce has been nominated for discussion[edit]

Category:Commerce, which you created, has been nominated for possible deletion, merging, or renaming. A discussion is taking place to see if it abides with the categorization guidelines. If you would like to participate in the discussion, you are invited to add your comments at the category's entry on the categories for discussion page. Thank you. Marcocapelle (talk) 01:45, 2 October 2016 (UTC)

Elizabeth II Queen of Great Britain listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]

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An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect Elizabeth II Queen of Great Britain. Since you had some involvement with the Elizabeth II Queen of Great Britain redirect, you might want to participate in the redirect discussion if you have not already done so. --Nevéselbert 20:15, 14 October 2016 (UTC)

Two-Factor Authentication now available for admins[edit]

Hello,

Please note that TOTP based two-factor authentication is now available for all administrators. In light of the recent compromised accounts, you are encouraged to add this additional layer of security to your account. It may be enabled on your preferences page in the "User profile" tab under the "Basic information" section. For basic instructions on how to enable two-factor authentication, please see the developing help page for additional information. Important: Be sure to record the two-factor authentication key and the single use keys. If you lose your two factor authentication and do not have the keys, it's possible that your account will not be recoverable. Furthermore, you are encouraged to utilize a unique password and two-factor authentication for the email account associated with your Wikimedia account. This measure will assist in safeguarding your account from malicious password resets. Comments, questions, and concerns may be directed to the thread on the administrators' noticeboard. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 20:33, 12 November 2016 (UTC)

Mini-job listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]

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Hi, my name is Regina and I'm native Spanish speaker. Recently I wrote an article about Café El Jarocho https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Thelmadatter/Café_El_Jarocho , and i would like to know if you could please check it out and give a general opinion or advice. I will be very thankful. Regina mabe (talk) 18:10, 14 November 2016 (UTC)

A new user right for New Page Patrollers[edit]

Hi Edward.

A new user group, New Page Reviewer, has been created in a move to greatly improve the standard of new page patrolling. The user right can be granted by any admin at PERM. It is highly recommended that admins look beyond the simple numerical threshold and satisfy themselves that the candidates have the required skills of communication and an advanced knowledge of notability and deletion. Admins are automatically included in this user right.

It is anticipated that this user right will significantly reduce the work load of admins who patrol the performance of the patrollers. However,due to the complexity of the rollout, some rights may have been accorded that may later need to be withdrawn, so some help will still be needed to some extent when discovering wrongly applied deletion tags or inappropriate pages that escape the attention of less experienced reviewers, and above all, hasty and bitey tagging for maintenance. User warnings are available here but very often a friendly custom message works best.

If you have any questions about this user right, don't hesitate to join us at WT:NPR. (Sent to all admins).MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 13:46, 15 November 2016 (UTC)

ArbCom Elections 2016: Voting now open![edit]

Scale of justice 2.svgHello, Edward. Voting in the 2016 Arbitration Committee elections is open from Monday, 00:00, 21 November through Sunday, 23:59, 4 December to all unblocked users who have registered an account before Wednesday, 00:00, 28 October 2016 and have made at least 150 mainspace edits before Sunday, 00:00, 1 November 2016.

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ArbCom Elections 2016: Voting now open![edit]

Scale of justice 2.svgHello, Edward. Voting in the 2016 Arbitration Committee elections is open from Monday, 00:00, 21 November through Sunday, 23:59, 4 December to all unblocked users who have registered an account before Wednesday, 00:00, 28 October 2016 and have made at least 150 mainspace edits before Sunday, 00:00, 1 November 2016.

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Nomination of Financial econometrics for deletion[edit]

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article Financial econometrics is suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

The article will be discussed at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Financial econometrics until a consensus is reached, and anyone is welcome to contribute to the discussion. The nomination will explain the policies and guidelines which are of concern. The discussion focuses on high-quality evidence and our policies and guidelines.

Users may edit the article during the discussion, including to improve the article to address concerns raised in the discussion. However, do not remove the article-for-deletion notice from the top of the article. Marcocapelle (talk) 14:43, 3 December 2016 (UTC)

Yo Ho Ho[edit]

404 error for Find Link[edit]

Happy New Year, Edward! I'm getting a 404 error on your great Find Link tool. Could you please ping me when it's up and running again? Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 03:17, 7 January 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for getting FindLink working again. Would you be able (and willing) to use your FindLink logic to go through Category:All orphaned articles and provide a report of articles that could possibly be manually deorphaned using FindLink? If it could be deorphaned, the user would manually remove {{orphan}}. If not, the user could att |att= to {{orphan}}, and the report could ignore those articles in future runs. Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 16:36, 8 January 2017 (UTC)
@GoingBatty: Good idea, I'll add this to my todo list. Edward (talk) 20:38, 9 January 2017 (UTC)

Happy Adminship Anniversary![edit]

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Montreal[edit]

Hi Edward, long time no speak. I've put a submission in for Montreal this year, and I was wondering if you'd have a chance to move the prototype on by then as it is still one of the best tools I use. ϢereSpielChequers 15:36, 3 March 2017 (UTC)

Yes, I should do some more work on the prototype. I've too many ideas about how it should work. Do you have any requests, what should I change next? Edward (talk)
Thanks, yes in approximate order of priority:
batching it by fifty searches is a bit of a pain, especially on things like pubic that I'd like to patrol frequently because half the time it is vandalism not a typo. But there are over a thousand articles containing pubic so currently I'm paging through over twenty screens most of which are empty to find a handful of examples.
The safe pages feature currently seems to be interlinked, so if a safe page is safe for one query it can't be made safe for others. That prevents the tool from being scaled as the more queries the more often that will be an issue.
The user needs to be able to start new queries.
The user needs to be able to set the wiki that the search will run on and any alternative or additional name spaces. For example most of my current searches could run on portal and draft space as well as mainspace. In the past I've searched for certain high risk phrases in userspace and it would be good if we could build searches that just went there.
I'm now using AWB for some searches, especially the ones with only a handful of safe phrases and few or no "safe pages". It does have a big advantage though in that if it is just a typo you can just click save and it fixes it. Though I suppose adding such a feature would be a big complication.
Is the safe phrase feature case sensitive? Some searches really need to differentiate between IT manager and it manager.
Thanks ϢereSpielChequers 09:24, 5 March 2017 (UTC)
I've uploaded the code to github and added each of these as issues: https://github.com/EdwardBetts/pagepatrol/issues?q=is%3Aissue Edward (talk) 09:46, 6 March 2017 (UTC)
I'm down to two issues left. Edward (talk) 18:39, 6 March 2017 (UTC)
That really makes a difference, I can go through those searches very quickly now. Lifting the 50 limit and having separate safe page lists for each search have really speeded things up. ϢereSpielChequers 18:40, 19 March 2017 (UTC)

Christian homeschooling listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]

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Removing "Find links tool" from Orphan template[edit]

Hi, I wanted to let you know that I have removed the "Find links tool" in Template:Orphan, as I see there are Google Ads on the tools page. Pointing to a revenue generating page is not without controversy for Wikipedians, so I'd like to hear your rationale first. Thanks. -- Fuzheado | Talk 13:41, 14 April 2017 (UTC)

Hi Fuzheado, I've removed the ads from find link. They'd been there since about 2010 and helped to fund the server where the tool is hosted. Thanks for getting in touch. Edward (talk) 14:16, 15 April 2017 (UTC)

Security contractor listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]

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The Princess of Wales listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]

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Category:Critics of Brexit has been nominated for discussion[edit]

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Breakfast milk listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]

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Deletion of the page Alex Zhavoronkov[edit]

Dear Edward, Recently the page Alex Zhavoronkov was nominated for deletion. Can you please take a look if you have a minute?

ArbCom 2017 election voter message[edit]

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Yo Ho Ho[edit]

ϢereSpielChequers 22:06, 21 December 2017 (UTC)

Neutral notice[edit]

There is an RfC at an article you have edited, to which you may wish to add your input: Talk:American Flagg!#Request for comment. --Tenebrae (talk) 17:58, 9 January 2018 (UTC)

Find link support for Assamese Wikipedia[edit]

Hello Edward, First of all I would like to thank you for developing the Find Link too which I have been using for English Wikipedia for quite some time. The tool works wonders! My main wiki project is Assamese Wikipedia (as.wikipedia.org namespace). Even though your tool supports many language, it is still missing Assamese language. We are a small Assamese wiki community and it would be a great help if you could add support for Assamese Wikipedia as well. I appreciate your work towards the Wiki community. Thank you and best regards, --SlowPhoton (talk) 04:26, 16 January 2018 (UTC)

Thank for adding the support for Assamese. --SlowPhoton (talk) 10:10, 16 January 2018 (UTC)

Guidance needed[edit]

Is there a way to consult with an administrator for guidance on handling a user that is substantially editing multiple pages in a way that really should be discussed on the talk page first? W4chris (talk) 17:53, 21 January 2018 (UTC)

Facto Post – Issue 9 – 5 February 2018[edit]

Facto Post – Issue 9 – 5 February 2018
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m:Grants:Project/ScienceSource is the new ContentMine proposal: please take a look.

Wikidata as Hub[edit]

One way of looking at Wikidata relates it to the semantic web concept, around for about as long as Wikipedia, and realised in dozens of distributed Web institutions. It sees Wikidata as supplying central, encyclopedic coverage of linked structured data, and looks ahead to greater support for "federated queries" that draw together information from all parts of the emerging network of websites.

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Another perspective might be likened to a photographic negative of that one: Wikidata as an already-functioning Web hub. Over half of its properties are identifiers on other websites. These are Wikidata's "external links", to use Wikipedia terminology: one type for the DOI of a publication, another for the VIAF page of an author, with thousands more such. Wikidata links out to sites that are not nominally part of the semantic web, effectively drawing them into a larger system. The crosswalk possibilities of the systematic construction of these links was covered in Issue 8.

Wikipedia:External links speaks of them as kept "minimal, meritable, and directly relevant to the article." Here Wikidata finds more of a function. On viaf.org one can type a VIAF author identifier into the search box, and find the author page. The Wikidata Resolver tool, these days including Open Street Map, Scholia etc., allows this kind of lookup. The hub tool by maxlath takes a major step further, allowing both lookup and crosswalk to be encoded in a single URL.

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Facto Post – Issue 10 – 12 March 2018[edit]

Facto Post – Issue 10 – 12 March 2018
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Milestone for mix'n'match[edit]

Around the time in February when Wikidata clicked past item Q50000000, another milestone was reached: the mix'n'match tool uploaded its 1000th dataset. Concisely defined by its author, Magnus Manske, it works "to match entries in external catalogs to Wikidata". The total number of entries is now well into eight figures, and more are constantly being added: a couple of new catalogs each day is normal.

Since the end of 2013, mix'n'match has gradually come to play a significant part in adding statements to Wikidata. Particularly in areas with the flavour of digital humanities, but datasets can of course be about practically anything. There is a catalog on skyscrapers, and two on spiders.

These days mix'n'match can be used in numerous modes, from the relaxed gamified click through a catalog looking for matches, with prompts, to the fantastically useful and often demanding search across all catalogs. I'll type that again: you can search 1000+ datasets from the simple box at the top right. The drop-down menu top left offers "creation candidates", Magnus's personal favourite. m:Mix'n'match/Manual for more.

For the Wikidatan, a key point is that these matches, however carried out, add statements to Wikidata if, and naturally only if, there is a Wikidata property associated with the catalog. For everyone, however, the hands-on experience of deciding of what is a good match is an education, in a scholarly area, biographical catalogs being particularly fraught. Underpinning recent rapid progress is an open infrastructure for scraping and uploading.

Congratulations to Magnus, our data Stakhanovite!

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reliable sources saved to Internet Archive[edit]

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Autolinking "street photography"[edit]

I daresay this was well intended, but it wasn't beneficial. I can hardly believe that it was the work of an alert human; are you perhaps overreliant on automation? -- Hoary (talk) 02:40, 28 March 2018 (UTC)

Thanks Hoary, you're right. I'll be more attentive with my editing in future. Edward (talk) 06:04, 28 March 2018 (UTC)
These things happen. Certainly I've perpetrated all sorts of horrors while half-asleep at the keyboard. Happy editing! -- Hoary (talk) 09:13, 28 March 2018 (UTC)

Facto Post – Issue 11 – 9 April 2018[edit]

Facto Post – Issue 11 – 9 April 2018
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The 100 Skins of the Onion[edit]

Open Citations Month, with its eminently guessable hashtag, is upon us. We should be utterly grateful that in the past 12 months, so much data on which papers cite which other papers has been made open, and that Wikidata is playing its part in hosting it as "cites" statements. At the time of writing, there are 15.3M Wikidata items that can do that.

Pulling back to look at open access papers in the large, though, there is is less reason for celebration. Access in theory does not yet equate to practical access. A recent LSE IMPACT blogpost puts that issue down to "heterogeneity". A useful euphemism to save us from thinking that the whole concept doesn't fall into the realm of the oxymoron.

Some home truths: aggregation is not content management, if it falls short on reusability. The PDF file format is wedded to how humans read documents, not how machines ingest them. The salami-slicer is our friend in the current downloading of open access papers, but for a better metaphor, think about skinning an onion, laboriously, 100 times with diminishing returns. There are of the order of 100 major publisher sites hosting open access papers, and the predominant offer there is still a PDF.

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From the discoverability angle, Wikidata's bibliographic resources combined with the SPARQL query are superior in principle, by far, to existing keyword searches run over papers. Open access content should be managed into consistent HTML, something that is currently strenuous. The good news, such as it is, would be that much of it is already in XML. The organisational problem of removing further skins from the onion, with sensible prioritisation, is certainly not insuperable. The CORE group (the bloggers in the LSE posting) has some answers, but actually not all that is needed for the text and data mining purposes they highlight. The long tail, or in other words the onion heart when it has become fiddly beyond patience to skin, does call for a pis aller. But the real knack is to do more between the XML and the heart.

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Wikidata + map question[edit]

Hello! I hope this finds you well. I have just read your proposal on the GLAMWiki Conference submissions category, and I have realized you are savvy when it comes to maps and Wikidata. And I have been facing a real issue, which I hope you might help me to sort out. I have worked with students of mine and Wikimedia volunteers in Brazil to take pictures and create Wikidata items of monuments in São Paulo [1]. I'd love to be able to post this map with the query on pt.wikipedia --do you know if this is even possible? Thanks a lot and sorry for likely mistakes. Cheers. --Joalpe (talk) 00:50, 17 April 2018 (UTC)

@Joalpe: I'm not sure if this is possible or how it could be done. I'll do some more research and get back to you. Edward (talk) 11:29, 25 April 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for the reply, Edward. So far, I can easily create maps with local points on the frame (i.e. [2] or [3]), but they are of course not dynamically related to Wikidata. To some extent, what I am thinking of is not too different in principle to what the Listeria-bot does: the creation of a template (a table) fed dynamically with data from Wikidata. I have no idea on how to make this happen for maps, though. So thanks a lot for looking into this, as I believe this could lead to something really cool for the projects. --Joalpe (talk) 17:49, 25 April 2018 (UTC)

Facto Post – Issue 12 – 28 May 2018[edit]

Facto Post – Issue 12 – 28 May 2018
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ScienceSource funded[edit]

The Wikimedia Foundation announced full funding of the ScienceSource grant proposal from ContentMine on May 18. See the ScienceSource Twitter announcement and 60 second video.

A medical canon?

The proposal includes downloading 30,000 open access papers, aiming (roughly speaking) to create a baseline for medical referencing on Wikipedia. It leaves open the question of how these are to be chosen.

The basic criteria of WP:MEDRS include a concentration on secondary literature. Attention has to be given to the long tail of diseases that receive less current research. The MEDRS guideline supposes that edge cases will have to be handled, and the premature exclusion of publications that would be in those marginal positions would reduce the value of the collection. Prophylaxis misses the point that gate-keeping will be done by an algorithm.

Two well-known but rather different areas where such considerations apply are tropical diseases and alternative medicine. There are also a number of potential downloading troubles, and these were mentioned in Issue 11. There is likely to be a gap, even with the guideline, between conditions taken to be necessary but not sufficient, and conditions sufficient but not necessary, for candidate papers to be included. With around 10,000 recognised medical conditions in standard lists, being comprehensive is demanding. With all of these aspects of the task, ScienceSource will seek community help.

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Facto Post – Issue 13 – 29 May 2018[edit]

Facto Post – Issue 13 – 29 May 2018
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Respecting MEDRS

Facto Post enters its second year, with a Cambridge Blue (OK, Aquamarine) background, a new logo, but no Cambridge blues. On-topic for the ScienceSource project is a project page here. It contains some case studies on how the WP:MEDRS guideline, for the referencing of articles at all related to human health, is applied in typical discussions.

Close to home also, a template, called {{medrs}} for short, is used to express dissatisfaction with particular references. Technology can help with patrolling, and this Petscan query finds over 450 articles where there is at least one use of the template. Of course the template is merely suggesting there is a possible issue with the reliability of a reference. Deciding the truth of the allegation is another matter.

This maintenance issue is one example of where ScienceSource aims to help. Where the reference is to a scientific paper, its type of algorithm could give a pass/fail opinion on such references. It could assist patrollers of medical articles, therefore, with the templated references and more generally. There may be more to proper referencing than that, indeed: context, quite what the statement supported by the reference expresses, prominence and weight. For that kind of consideration, case studies can help. But an algorithm might help to clear the backlog.

Evidence pyramid leading up to clinical guidelines, from WP:MEDRS
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Facto Post – Issue 14 – 21 July 2018[edit]

Facto Post – Issue 14 – 21 July 2018
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Plugging the gaps – Wikimania report

Officially it is "bridging the gaps in knowledge", with Wikimania 2018 in Cape Town paying tribute to the southern African concept of ubuntu to implement it. Besides face-to-face interactions, Wikimedians do need their power sources.

Hackathon mentoring table wiring

Facto Post interviewed Jdforrester, who has attended every Wikimania, and now works as Senior Product Manager for the Wikimedia Foundation. His take on tackling the gaps in the Wikimedia movement is that "if we were an army, we could march in a column and close up all the gaps". In his view though, that is a faulty metaphor, and it leads to a completely false misunderstanding of the movement, its diversity and different aspirations, and the nature of the work as "fighting" to be done in the open sector. There are many fronts, and as an eventualist he feels the gaps experienced both by editors and by users of Wikimedia content are inevitable. He would like to see a greater emphasis on reuse of content, not simply its volume.

If that may not sound like radicalism, the Decolonizing the Internet conference here organized jointly with Whose Knowledge? can redress the picture. It comes with the claim to be "the first ever conference about centering marginalized knowledge online".

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Baby balloon listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]

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Deletion discussion about Mainlining[edit]

Hello, Edward,

I wanted to let you know that there's a discussion about whether Mainlining should be deleted. Your comments are welcome at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Mainlining .

If you're new to the process, articles for deletion is a group discussion (not a vote!) that usually lasts seven days. If you need it, there is a guide on how to contribute. Last but not least, you are highly encouraged to continue improving the article; just be sure not to remove the tag about the deletion nomination from the top.

Thanks,

~ Araratic | talk 00:45, 19 August 2018 (UTC)

Facto Post – Issue 15 – 21 August 2018[edit]

Facto Post – Issue 15 – 21 August 2018
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Neglected diseases
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What's a Neglected Disease?, ScienceSource video

To grasp the nettle, there are rare diseases, there are tropical diseases and then there are "neglected diseases". Evidently a rare enough disease is likely to be neglected, but neglected disease these days means a disease not rare, but tropical, and most often infectious or parasitic. Rare diseases as a group are dominated, in contrast, by genetic diseases.

A major aspect of neglect is found in tracking drug discovery. Orphan drugs are those developed to treat rare diseases (rare enough not to have market-driven research), but there is some overlap in practice with the WHO's neglected diseases, where snakebite, a "neglected public health issue", is on the list.

From an encyclopedic point of view, lack of research also may mean lack of high-quality references: the core medical literature differs from primary research, since it operates by aggregating trials. This bibliographic deficit clearly hinders Wikipedia's mission. The ScienceSource project is currently addressing this issue, on Wikidata. Its Wikidata focus list at WD:SSFL is trying to ensure that neglect does not turn into bias in its selection of science papers.

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Facto Post – Issue 16 – 30 September 2018[edit]

Facto Post – Issue 16 – 30 September 2018
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The science publishing landscape
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In an ideal world ... no, bear with your editor for just a minute ... there would be a format for scientific publishing online that was as much a standard as SI units are for the content. Likewise cataloguing publications would not be onerous, because part of the process would be to generate uniform metadata. Without claiming it could be the mythical free lunch, it might be reasonably be argued that sandwiches can be packaged much alike and have barcodes, whatever the fillings.

The best on offer, to stretch the metaphor, is the meal kit option, in the form of XML. Where scientific papers are delivered as XML downloads, you get all the ingredients ready to cook. But have to prepare the actual meal of slow food yourself. See Scholarly HTML for a recent pass at heading off XML with HTML, in other words in the native language of the Web.

The argument from real life is a traditional mixture of frictional forces, vested interests, and the classic irony of the principle of unripe time. On the other hand, discoverability actually diminishes with the prolific progress of science publishing. No, it really doesn't scale. Wikimedia as movement can do something in such cases. We know from open access, we grok the Web, we have our own horse in the HTML race, we have Wikidata and WikiJournal, and we have the chops to act.

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Cambridge Wikidata Workshop 20 October[edit]

You might be interested. Charles Matthews (talk) 15:16, 6 October 2018 (UTC)

Facto Post – Issue 17 – 29 October 2018[edit]

Facto Post – Issue 17 – 29 October 2018
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Wikidata imaged

Around 2.7 million Wikidata items have an illustrative image. These files, you might say, are Wikimedia's stock images, and if the number is large, it is still only 5% or so of items that have one. All such images are taken from Wikimedia Commons, which has 50 million media files. One key issue is how to expand the stock.

Indeed, there is a tool. WD-FIST exploits the fact that each Wikipedia is differently illustrated, mostly with images from Commons but also with fair use images. An item that has sitelinks but no illustrative image can be tested to see if the linked wikis have a suitable one. This works well for a volunteer who wants to add images at a reasonable scale, and a small amount of SPARQL knowledge goes a long way in producing checklists.

Gran Teatro, Cáceres, Spain, at night

It should be noted, though, that there are currently 53 Wikidata properties that link to Commons, of which P18 for the basic image is just one. WD-FIST prompts the user to add signatures, plaques, pictures of graves and so on. There are a couple of hundred monograms, mostly of historical figures, and this query allows you to view all of them. commons:Category:Monograms and its subcategories provide rich scope for adding more.

And so it is generally. The list of properties linking to Commons does contain a few that concern video and audio files, and rather more for maps. But it contains gems such as P3451 for "nighttime view". Over 1000 of those on Wikidata, but as for so much else, there could be yet more.

Go on. Today is Wikidata's birthday. An illustrative image is always an acceptable gift, so why not add one? You can follow these easy steps: (i) log in at https://tools.wmflabs.org/widar/, (ii) paste the Petscan ID 6263583 into https://tools.wmflabs.org/fist/wdfist/ and click run, and (iii) just add cake.

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Reskin listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]

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Facto Post – Issue 18 – 30 November 2018[edit]

Facto Post – Issue 18 – 30 November 2018
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WikiCite issue

GLAM ♥ data — what is a gallery, library, archive or museum without a catalogue? It follows that Wikidata must love librarians. Bibliography supports students and researchers in any topic, but open and machine-readable bibliographic data even more so, outside the silo. Cue the WikiCite initiative, which was meeting in conference this week, in the Bay Area of California.

Wikidata training for librarians at WikiCite 2018

In fact there is a broad scope: "Open Knowledge Maps via SPARQL" and the "Sum of All Welsh Literature", identification of research outputs, Library.Link Network and Bibframe 2.0, OSCAR and LUCINDA (who they?), OCLC and Scholia, all these co-exist on the agenda. Certainly more library science is coming Wikidata's way. That poses the question about the other direction: is more Wikimedia technology advancing on libraries? Good point.

Wikimedians generally are not aware of the tech background that can be assumed, unless they are close to current training for librarians. A baseline definition is useful here: "bash, git and OpenRefine". Compare and contrast with pywikibot, GitHub and mix'n'match. Translation: scripting for automation, version control, data set matching and wrangling in the large, are on the agenda also for contemporary library work. Certainly there is some possible common ground here. Time to understand rather more about the motivations that operate in the library sector.

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