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Fwd: [Wikidata] Help needed: a project to pull data from the World Bank

Jane Darnell
Sorry for reviving an old thread, but yesterday I was working on adding the World Bank numbers for maternal mortality and was wondering if I could add the data to the new tabular data on Commons. I am not sure if it's possible to make the data points multi-lingual (the way the list of countries in Wikidata are multi-lingual). The page with the numbers is here:
I do think we should have these lists on Wikipedia, if only for the Millenium Development Goals:

If the tabular data resides on Commons then the chance of it getting updated promptly each year is much more likely, I think.
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Date: Wed, May 27, 2015 at 9:56 AM
Subject: Re: [Wikidata] Help needed: a project to pull data from the World Bank
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Just skimming through the list of World Bank data, it looks like most of this would require unit support for quantity properties, which is not yet available. (See https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T77977 . Unit support is currently listed in the development plan right after access for remaining sister projects and arbitrary access, so I would assume it's not that far off.) Until this is ready, we can't add any data that is measured in square kilometers, dollars, kilowatt hours, metric tons, hectares, kilograms, years, etc. 

Of the rest of the data, much of it seems to be too specific for how data is normally entered, and some might be difficult to reasonably add simply due to the limited number of statements the software appears to be able to handle atm. 

That leaves things like total population, urban/rural populations, mortality rates, battle-related deaths (though we might want to first find out how a negative number of people died in Syria two years ago... (?)), migration, trademark applications, and many others.

(None of this actually answers your request, but I just wanted to point out the current limitations.)


On Fri, May 22, 2015 at 5:08 PM, Sylvia Ventura <[hidden email]> wrote:

Hi,


I work in the Strategic Partnerships team at the Wikimedia Foundation, and I'm in initial conversations with the World Bank and several other large NGOs about using their open data sets in our projects.


The World Bank maintains a large data set of statistics on countries, and is ready to start a pilot test with us. They suggested us to look for a sample of specific indicators that are missing in Wikidata/Wikipedia that could either be linked to or imported into Wikidata. Examples could go from basic indicators like population to more specific data like “% of country's population with access to water”.


I'm looking for technical help to work with our contacts at the World Bank. For instance, what is the best way to:

*compare the World Bank's indicators with Wikidata's properties, and see what are we missing today that would be interesting to collect, either in Wikidata or directly through templates in Wikipedia

**pull/connect that content from the World Bank into our servers


This is what is available today: http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/all


I also welcome your advice starting this project following community processes and standards. Could https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:WikiProject_Economics serve as a starting point?


Thank you and happy Hackathon for those in Lyon!

Sylvia


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Re: Fwd: [Wikidata] Help needed: a project to pull data from the World Bank

Gaurav Vaidya
Hi Jane!

I don’t have firsthand experience with this, but it looks like the Commons has templates to translate country names from English into whatever language the user has set — for example, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Template:India

There’s also a template for displaying a country’s flag, but that doesn’t appear to convert among languages: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Template:Flag

Hope that helps!

cheers,
Gaurav

> On 30 Jan 2017, at 3:16 AM, Jane Darnell <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> Sorry for reviving an old thread, but yesterday I was working on adding the World Bank numbers for maternal mortality and was wondering if I could add the data to the new tabular data on Commons. I am not sure if it's possible to make the data points multi-lingual (the way the list of countries in Wikidata are multi-lingual). The page with the numbers is here:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maternal_Mortality_Ratio
> I do think we should have these lists on Wikipedia, if only for the Millenium Development Goals:
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:MDGs.svg
>
> If the tabular data resides on Commons then the chance of it getting updated promptly each year is much more likely, I think.
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Yair Rand <[hidden email]>
> Date: Wed, May 27, 2015 at 9:56 AM
> Subject: Re: [Wikidata] Help needed: a project to pull data from the World Bank
> To: "Discussion list for the Wikidata project." <[hidden email]>
>
>
> Just skimming through the list of World Bank data, it looks like most of this would require unit support for quantity properties, which is not yet available. (See https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T77977 . Unit support is currently listed in the development plan right after access for remaining sister projects and arbitrary access, so I would assume it's not that far off.) Until this is ready, we can't add any data that is measured in square kilometers, dollars, kilowatt hours, metric tons, hectares, kilograms, years, etc.
>
> Of the rest of the data, much of it seems to be too specific for how data is normally entered, and some might be difficult to reasonably add simply due to the limited number of statements the software appears to be able to handle atm.
>
> That leaves things like total population, urban/rural populations, mortality rates, battle-related deaths (though we might want to first find out how a negative number of people died in Syria two years ago... (?)), migration, trademark applications, and many others.
>
> (None of this actually answers your request, but I just wanted to point out the current limitations.)
>
>
> On Fri, May 22, 2015 at 5:08 PM, Sylvia Ventura <[hidden email]> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I work in the Strategic Partnerships team at the Wikimedia Foundation, and I'm in initial conversations with the World Bank and several other large NGOs about using their open data sets in our projects.
>
> The World Bank maintains a large data set of statistics on countries, and is ready to start a pilot test with us. They suggested us to look for a sample of specific indicators that are missing in Wikidata/Wikipedia that could either be linked to or imported into Wikidata. Examples could go from basic indicators like population to more specific data like “% of country's population with access to water”.
>
> I'm looking for technical help to work with our contacts at the World Bank. For instance, what is the best way to:
>  
> *compare the World Bank's indicators with Wikidata's properties, and see what are we missing today that would be interesting to collect, either in Wikidata or directly through templates in Wikipedia
> **pull/connect that content from the World Bank into our servers
>
> This is what is available today: http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/all
>
> I also welcome your advice starting this project following community processes and standards. Could https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:WikiProject_Economics serve as a starting point?
>
> Thank you and happy Hackathon for those in Lyon!
> Sylvia
>
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> Sylvia Ventura
> Strategic Partnerships
> Wikimedia Foundation
> [hidden email]
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