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Bug 10295 - centralized data storage
centralized data storage
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 1911
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
General/Unknown (Other open bugs)
unspecified
All All
: Lowest enhancement (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
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Reported: 2007-06-17 15:41 UTC by Paul Pogonyshev
Modified: 2007-06-17 19:47 UTC (History)
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Description Paul Pogonyshev 2007-06-17 15:41:19 UTC
There are certain pieces of data that have language-independent and absolutely objective values.  For instance, population of a city doesn't depend on whether you write about it in English, Russian or German and is merely a number (plus, preferably, date of census.)

Therefore, I think Wikipedia would benefit from a centralized language-independent database of _facts_, because:
- one wouldn't need to update dozens of language sections just because a number has changed;
- always up-to-date, because new data is propagated from central data repository quick (i.e. within minutes/hours/days);
- no need for ad-hoc automation (bots), which cover only relatively few cases and work only in some language sections;
- less error-prone: it is possible to put in a wrong number by hands, especially if you update a hundred of articles because e.g. of a new census;
- a little more concise page histories, because edits for number update would be gone.

For instance, something like {{fact:Cities/Vienna/Population}} would be automatically substituted on page rendering with the number taken from centralized database already converted to local format.  E.g. 1,660,534 in English, 1.660.534 in German or 1 660 534 in Russian section.  If the number in the database is updated, all pages in all language sections that use the value are removed from the cache and re-rendered.

This is not easy task, but I think advantages for Wikipedia are well worth it.
Comment 1 Aryeh Gregor (not reading bugmail, please e-mail directly) 2007-06-17 19:47:06 UTC
Wikidata and Semantic MediaWiki are two existing attempts to implement this.

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 1911 ***

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