Structured Data on Commons Part Five – Other Statements

With depicts statements available to make the most basic claims about files on Commons, it was time to make more fully-formed statements. The Structured Data on Commons development team developed and released the first level of support for types of statements other than depicts.

“Other statements” offer expanded data about a file. Wikidata properties such as creator (P170), location (P276), Commons quality assessment (P6731), license (P257), and more. For an example of depicts plus other statements, here’s a file that is an image of sugar cubes:

Dietmar Rabich / Wikimedia Commons / “Würfelzucker — 2018 — 3564” / CC BY-SA 4.0

This is the representation of the file in structured data, using depicts with qualifiers in combination with other statements:

Structured data for “Würfelzucker — 2018 — 3564”

This information is “machine-readable,” meaning that people can write software to interact with it, soon there will be the power to query the data, and a host of other potential uses. Lucas Werkmeister wrote a separate blog covering some of the possibilities of Structured Data on Commons. Importantly, all of this information is multilingual as well, as previously most data was restricted to English when used in templates and categories.

Taken as a whole, depicts and other statements, contributors to Wikimedia Commons can now begin to fully contribute structured data. The development team continues to work on support for different data beyond words, such as geocoordinates, time stamps, and other such types. Additional support for community tools such as Lua functionality is making progress as well. After this multi-year effort, the partners involved in the project can start the work of building a more accessible Commons at last.

Previously: Part Four – Depicts Statements

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  • Last week’s Tech News had delivery problems. Some did not get the newsletter. Some got it more than one time. The developers are working on the problem. [1]
  • There was a problem with the new MediaWiki version last week. The new version was paused. [2]

Changes later this week

  • You will be able to read but not to edit some mid-sized wikis for up to 30 minutes on September 17 at 05:00 (UTC). You can see which wikis[3]
  •  The new version of MediaWiki will be on test wikis and from 17 September. It will be on non-Wikipedia wikis and some Wikipedias from 18 September. It will be on all wikis from 19 September (calendar).


Future changes

  • The Wikipedia app for Android invites users to do small tasks. This is to get more readers to edit. If they get reverted too many times it will pause or block the tasks for that user. All normal editing will still work if the community doesn’t block the user. The developers want to know if the plan looks OK. You can see what it could look like and give feedback.
  •  When you look at an old version of a page you get a warning that this is not the newest version. This uses the CSS class .mw-revision. It will use the CSS class .warningbox for styling instead. If your wiki uses templates to change how the warning looks they will have to be updated. This will happen later. If this would cause problems you should tell the developers in the next couple of weeks. [4]

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This Month in GLAM – August 2019

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Break from the seasonal activities in Cameroon

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Français : During editathon of our User Group at Goethe Institut Cameroon
Editathon at Goethe Institut Cameroon 031.jpg () by Geugeor, CC-BY-SA-4.0.

August is period reserved for holidays at the Goethe Institut of Yaounde. It is the place where the monthly meeting (2nd Saturday of the month) of the members of the User Group residing in Yaoundé have been held for more than 2 years, we unanimously chose to take a break; break that allows us to evaluate the last season and throw the prospects for the future one.

Français : Wikimedia Cameroon User Group strategy Youth salon organized in Yaounde with TechWomen
WMCMUG Strategy Youth Salon 12.jpg () by Geugeor, CC-BY-SA-4.0.

The season ended with the holding of five strategic shows in the cities of Yaounde, Douala and Buea where most of the community members are settled. Two Youth Shows were held in Yaounde in partnership with the TechWomen Association.

During these different exhibitions, several topics were discussed: Roles and responsibilities, advocacy, capacity building, community health, products and technologies, income generation. These saw the participation of more than 70 people (with percentage 60% of women.

The quote below summarized the multiple contributions which were made : “With the strategy2030, Wikimedia projects are immersed in the lives of Africans and Cameroonians in particular and traditions.”

The User Group remains engaged since beginning of this past season on several projects like WikiKwatt which aims to create articles with photo illustrations of the districts of the city of Yaounde in Wikipedia.

Français : Séance de travail sur les quartiers de Yaoundé au Goethe Institut
Neighborhoods in Yaounde Events46.jpg () by Gtankam, CC-BY-SA-4.0.

Primary objectives of Wikikwatt were the training of members of the User Group based in Yaounde to contribute to Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons, the loyalty of community members and the work of structuring the community. Several of these objectives have been achieved, although much is still to be done in creation of the articles and their translations into English and German.

Français : Séance de prise de photos dans les quartiers de Yaoundé
Neighborhoods in Yaounde Events36.jpg () by Gtankam, CC-BY-SA-4.0.

During the previous monthly meetings in Goethe, several sub-groups were created which are already working against resumption in October 2019; We can cite :

  • The group which will coordinate the activities of the project WikiCiné Cameroun, il will work to list all the actors of the cinema in Cameroon, to gather the various existing sources before the production of contents according to each category.
  • The Wikikwatt group will continue its activities with photo releases in the neighborhoods of Yaoundé, the collection of sources (books, press releases, archives, …) and the creation of articles.

Français : During editathon of our User Group at Goethe Institut Cameroon
Editathon at Goethe Institut Cameroon 025.jpg () by Geugeor, CC-BY-SA-4.0.

  • A Wikidata group has been set up and especially made up of developers and computer scientists from the community; the objectives of this group are: to support the activities of the other two groups by creating Wikidata entries and training members to discover and contribute to Wikidata.

Other training courses were organized as part of the Wiki Loves Women project in Yaounde and Buea, giving several participants the opportunity to join the Yaounde group and set up a nucleus to form the basis for the meetings in Buea from beginning of the new season.

The impact of our community grew across our country last July at the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications where we took part in the International Day of the Girl and World Telecommunication and Information Society Day; this has given us the opportunity to present our community as well as the various current and future projects.

English: Exhibition of User Group activities at the fair at the Ministry of Posts
User group at the fair at the Ministry of Posts 02.jpg () by User:Danielgwd, CC-BY-SA-4.0.

Although we can congratulate ourselves on the commitment and dynamism observed, our community nevertheless encounters problems that weaken its functioning and its visibility through social networks and other media.

Strongly, we welcome a new season because new challenges are open to us with activities and projects that will be born in the Northern part of Cameroon.

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Latest tech news from the Wikimedia technical community. Please tell other users about these changes. Not all changes will affect you. Translations are available:

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Changes later this week

  • You will be able to read but not to edit Wikidata for up to 30 minutes on 10 September at 05:00 (UTC). [1]
  • When you log in, the software checks your password to see if it follows the Password policy. From this week, it will also complain if you are a “privileged user” and your password is too short. If your password is not strong enough, please consider to change your password for a stronger password. [2]
  • The new version of MediaWiki will be on test wikis and from 10 September. It will be on non-Wikipedia wikis and some Wikipedias from 11 September. It will be on all wikis from 12 September (calendar).


Future changes

  • Soon, the AbuseFilter will recognize new syntax errors. Specifically, it will recognize errors about empty operands. You can see a list of examples in phab:T156096. Any active filter with such an error will stop working; hence, please take a look at the list of affected filters, and fix the ones that you can fix. Note that there is also an ongoing RFC on meta-wiki about the creation of a new abusefilter-manager global group.

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The Odia Wikimedians User Group tool brings open content from Twitter into the commons


At Mangalajodi, Odisha, India on 29-12-2012

Nature, fauna, birds of Odisha (previously Orissa), India — Great egret Odisha India.jpg () by Soumyadeep Chatterjee . from Kolkata, India, CC-BY-SA-2.0.

In 2017 the Odia Wikimedians User Group worked with the local government of Odisha to release its social media under a free license.

This allowed for contributors to reuse and adapt this content within (and beyond) Wikimedia projects. After this accomplishment the community expressed a desire to automate the process instead of having to manually download and upload media from the various Odisha government accounts.

Earlier this year User:Jnanaranjan sahu applied for a rapid grant to build a tool to make the process easier. The tool, Twitter to Commons allows you to select from a pre-determined list of Odisha government Twitter accounts. From there you can select tweets with media you wish to transfer to Commons.

The feature is not only useful for those wanting to make contributions from the local government of of Odisha. Recently Jnanaranjan updated the tool to allow uploads from any Twitter account.

The tool is documented on Wikitech and statistics on its use are being shared. Please try out the tool and if you have any questions please contact Jnanaranjan.

Written in collaboration with Gyan (User:Jnanaranjan sahu) from the Odia Wikimedians User Group.

Update on Wikimedia site and system outages

Hello everyone,

By now you are likely aware that the Wikimedia sites suffered from a relatively significant botnet driven DDOS attack on September 6th, taking them offline in several countries throughout the day. This primarily affected Wikipedia access in Europe and the Middle East. We posted a short update of the event on our website.[1]

I would like to thank everyone who stepped up to support the restoration of our projects,  including the fast reporting of community members throughout the world and our security and engineering teams who worked long hours to address many complex issues surrounding the attack and our response—the Site Reliability Engineering team in particular. 

The Wikimedia Foundation leadership team is proud to work with such talented and dedicated staff and supporters.




“Today, Wikipedia was hit with a malicious attack that has taken it offline in several countries for intermittent periods. The attack is ongoing and our Site Reliability Engineering team is working hard to stop it and restore access to the site.

As one of the world’s most popular sites, Wikipedia sometimes attracts “bad faith” actors. Along with the rest of the web, we operate in an increasingly sophisticated and complex environment where threats are continuously evolving. Because of this, the Wikimedia communities and Wikimedia Foundation have created dedicated systems and staff to regularly monitor and address risks. If a problem occurs, we learn, we improve, and we prepare to be better for next time.

We condemn these sorts of attacks. They’re not just about taking Wikipedia offline. Takedown attacks threaten everyone’s fundamental rights to freely access and share information. We in the Wikimedia movement and Foundation are committed to protecting these rights for everyone.

Right now, we’re continuing to work to restore access wherever you might be reading Wikipedia in the world. We’ll keep you posted.”

Originally posted by Heather Walls to Wikimedia-l on 7 September, 2019.

Structured Data on Commons Part Four – Depicts Statements

Now that the underlying software for Structured Data on Commons has been put in place, along with Captions helping to demonstrate the software worked, the development team was ready to release the first form of structured statements for Commons: depicts.

Depicts is a statement for representing the concepts or topics present or expressed in a media file. The depicts statement can be considered the most basic example for modeling information about a file.

Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 4.0 / GFDL

With support for depicts, people searching for specific media files on Commons can begin finding them in a structured, multilingual way. At the time of release, depicts statements can be searched using the keyword haswbstatement. For example, if you wanted to find all instances of depicts (P180) a house cat (Q146), in the search bar you can use: haswbstatement:P180=Q146 and it will return results in all languages.

After making sure basic depicts support was working, the development team added support for qualifiers. By using qualifiers for depicts, users are able to represent the file even further by refining, contextualizing, or expanding the simple statement. For example, the previous statement of depicts (P180) a house cat (Q146) can be refined to depicts (P180) a house cat (Q146) [color: gray (Q42519)] and will return only files with statements that match a gray cat. As with basic depicts, this functionality is multilingual and will find whatever languages are available.

Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 4.0 / GFDL

Now that Commons has the most basic modeling for data in a file in place, the development team turned to supporting other types of statements beyond depicts. These other types of statements will be covered in the next part.

Next: Structured Data on Commons Part Five – Other Statements

Previously: Part Three – Multilingual File Captions

Community feedback and next steps on the movement brand proposal

Summary:  We want your help with a voluntary, OPT-IN design process for movement branding.  Please join the in-depth discussion group, or watch for updates on Meta-Wiki.

Hello all,

After 4 months of community consultation, spanning dozens of affiliates, several mailing lists, community conferences, and Meta-Wiki, I am pleased to share a summary of feedback on the proposed 2030 movement brand strategy [1].

From more than 319 comments, representing 150 individual contributors and 63 affiliates, we assessed 6 major themes in feedback:

  1. Reducing confusion 
  2. Protecting reputation 
  3. Supporting sister projects 
  4. Addressing (legal, governmental) risks 
  5. Supporting movement growth 
  6. The process of change 

Please visit our feedback summary page to learn more [2]. You will see examples of comments within each section, along with a rough indication of how many of the comments that we received were related to each theme. 

The comments sometimes contradict one another, showing that across our wide movement’s experience, different points of view are common (and a sign of health!). To visualize these tensions, we have created “polarity maps” which are used to help visualize how different arguments coexist in tension with each other.

Ultimately, the comments provided from you all are very thoughtful and useful guidance on what is needed to make our movement’s branding successful. One can read the 6 themes above as “criteria” for assessing branding systems. 


I would like to thank the organizers of Iberoconf, Wikipedia Education Summit, and the Wikimedia Summit for inviting us to hold discussions during their sessions. I would also like to thank my colleagues Elena Lappen, Samir Elsharbaty, and Blanca Flores who conducted extensive parts of this consultation. To the hundreds of people, and dozens of affiliates, thank you for reviewing the proposal and offering your perspectives and insights. 

Next steps and staying involved

There is considerable support for the brand proposal and general appetite to improve our movement’s branding system. Further, we believe that critical feedback on the proposal offers direct guidance for precisely what branding must do to be successful for our movement. We have shared these insights and our proposed continuance with the Board of Trustees, who approved continuing these efforts.

Acting on community insights, we will be collaborating on formal brand naming, visual identity, and brand system design that will use “Wikipedia” as the central reference point. The resulting system will be OPT-IN for affiliates.

This design process will be guided by a “brand network” – a group of volunteers who would like to continue advising on brand during this consultation. Dozens of people have already volunteered, and we invite you to join the group. We will use a group on Wikimedia Space to host this discussion and the group will be closed to allow candid discussions and room for iterations. EVERYONE IS INVITED TO JOIN [3]. If you do not want to commit to the in-depth, longer term discussions that will be happening within the brand network group, we will still be tracking comments left on the project’s Meta-Wiki page [4]. Furthermore, all important ideas and updates originating from the brand network discussion will be shared publicly to mailing lists and Meta-Wiki.

The development of this proposed identity system will take approximately 6 months. As stated, regular updates will be shared to mailing lists, Wikimedia Space, and Meta-Wiki [4]. Please engage us where you are most comfortable! Once complete, community groups will have the power to decide if/when they opt in to using the new system.





[3] and click the gray
“Request” button. When your request is approved, you will be able to see
and access the brand network discussion category on the Discuss Space main



Zack McCune (he/him)Director of Brand Wikimedia Foundation

Originally posted by Zack McCune to Wikimedia-l on 5 September 2019.

How to request a new category or closed group on Space

English: Women of the Wall prayer group
Women of the Wall talking with Kotel women.jpg () by Women of the Wall, CC-BY-SA-3.0.

So you want to bring your community conversations to Wikimedia Space, but your topic doesn’t fit in any of the categories. Or maybe you want to create a new closed group, with its own private category, for collaboration. Great, let’s talk about setting up a place for you. 

To request a new category or closed group, open a conversation in the #About Wikimedia Space category, using the “categories” or “groups” tag, with the following information:

  1. Proposed name of category/group. Make sure your name is descriptive and specific to the area of interest.
  2. Proposed text for the “About” post of the category/group. Examples: About the Regional Coordination category, About the Translation category.
  3. Proposed position within category system. Is it its own standalone category? Should it be a subcategory of a category that already exists? Should it be a parent category of a category that already exists? Note that groups come with private discussion categories, so this applies to closed groups as well.

Once your category is created, there may be some additional factors you’d like to consider.

Category/group moderatorship: Space allows for general site moderators (who gain moderatorship by moving up organically in trust levels and expressing interest) as well as category and group-specific moderators. All category and group moderators will be granted Trust Level 4 so that they can access the range of moderator tools: responding to flags, splitting topics, merging topics, closing topics, pinning topics, etc. You can nominate moderators for your category or group at any time. 

Reply by email: You may want to enable reply by email for the category or group, to allow users to respond to posts without having to visit the site. This will depend on the preferences of the user base.

Adding tags: With use, you may realize that there are missing tags corresponding to the category or group’s subject matter. Users with Trust Level 3 and above can create tags, so feel free to reach out to the category moderator (if you have one) or to any site moderator to create new tags at any time.

Configuring notifications: To ensure you’re notified about any new content posted in the category or group, click on that category or group from the Discuss Space main page, click the circle icon on the upper right-hand corner, and set it to “Watching”. You can invite other participants to do the same. 

We look forward to hosting your community discussions!