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This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2017.


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Submission no. 3006 Subject - TW

This session will be part of the Wikidata and infoboxes panel session, Friday 14:00 - 15:30.

Title of the submission


Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)

Birds of a feather discussion

Draft slides
Author of the submission

Deryck Chan

Language of presentation


E-mail address



User:Deryck Chan

Country of origin

England / Hong Kong

Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

Wikidata began to host statements about items in 2013 and enabled pages on other Wikimedia projects to transclude the data using Lua scripts later in the same year. Since then, there has been a gradual uptake of Wikidata by Wikipedia infoboxes, Wikivoyage banners and uses in other sister projects. Some of the achievements have been celebrated in last year's Wikimania session Wikidata in Wikipedia by Mike Peel.

The use of Wikidata in other Wikimedia projects is done through locally implemented Lua modules. Then, the syntax {{#invoke:Wikidata}} is commonly used in many Wikimedia projects to fetch the contents of individual Wikidata items, hence the title of this submission. However, these Lua modules are not centrally deployed and there are at least two competing "trunk" projects for Module:Wikidata, which are w:en:Module:Wikidata and w:ru:Module:Wikidata respectively.

This session is intended as a discussion forum for Wikimedians who have used, or intend to start using Wikidata in other Wikimedia projects. The aim is to celebrate success, share best practices, exchange ideas for further development, and discuss the possibility of standardisation of Wikidata-related Lua modules across projects.

What will attendees take away from this session?
  • Attendees who have not written any code to use Wikidata in other Wikimedia projects will learn how to do it from more experienced attendees.
  • Wikimedians who have used Lua and Wikidata before will learn tips and tricks from Wikimedians who work on similar tasks on other wikis, and build personal connections that may be useful for future collaboration.
Theme of presentation
  • Technology, Interface & Infrastructure
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?

Intermediate experience in editing Wikimedia projects; no experience with Wikidata or Lua is expected.

Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)

Default (80min for BoF)

Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?

Yes (got scholarship)

Slides or further information (optional)

See above.

Special requests


This is a Completed submission for Wikimania 2017 ready to be reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

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  1. I definitely need to know more about Wikidata.Anne Delong (talk) 12:56, 7 February 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Jamie Tubers (talk) 23:29, 10 February 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  3. No coding experience, but definitively interested. --MB-one (talk) 09:04, 14 February 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  4. Frhdkazan (talk) 14:13, 22 March 2017 (UTC) - active around m:Wikipedias in the languages of Russia[reply]
  5. Daniel Mietchen (talk) 11:53, 6 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  6. A crucially important topic. I hope this session will help make sense of the current mess. Amir É. Aharoni (talk) 17:32, 8 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  7. Headbomb (talk) 22:32, 9 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  8. Thiemo Mättig (WMDE) (talk) 13:26, 12 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  9. Minh Nguyễn 💬 19:03, 25 May 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  10. Mlemusrojas (talk) 02:11, 16 July 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  11. Limitations which data is accepted to wikidata and/or how such data items are tagged (e.g. disputed areas, and these as a part of (or not) larger entities)? Paju (talk) 08:26, 1 August 2017 (UTC)
  12. RexxS (talk) 19:31, 5 August 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  13. VIGNERON (talk) 18:09, 11 August 2017 (UTC)[reply]