Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2015-12-02/Op-ed

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Wikidata, a Wikimedia project spearheaded by Wikimedia Deutschland, recently celebrated its third anniversary. The project has a dual purpose: 1. Streamline data housekeeping within Wikipedia. 2. Serve as a data source for re-users on the web; in particular, Wikidata is the designated successor to Google's Freebase, designed to deliver data for the Google Knowledge Graph.
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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's Institute for Artificial Intelligence provided half the funding for the initial development of Wikidata
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Google contributed a quarter of the initial funding for the development of Wikidata, which is now replacing Freebase as one of the sources for the Google Knowledge Graph
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Microsoft's Bing search engine has followed much the same path as Google with its "Snapshot" feature drawing on Wikimedia content
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Denny Vrandečić, the co-founder of the Semantic MediaWiki project, has to juggle three hats: he is a Google employee as well as a community-elected Wikimedia Foundation board member and the primary Wikidata thought leader
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Citations to Wikipedia (blue) outnumber all other sources (red) together (yellow = unreferenced)
The circular reference loop connecting Wikidata and Wikipedia
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Jerusalem—one of the most contested places on earth
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Errors can always be fixed
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... to rule them all

Andreas Kolbe has been a Wikipedia contributor since 2006. He is a member of the Signpost's editorial board. The views expressed in this editorial are his alone and do not reflect any official opinions of this publication. Responses and critical commentary are invited in the comments section.