Pinch Me. I’m Dreaming.

I was a library assistant at a community college in California when the microcomputer Commodore PET was released. At the time I was starting to think about going to college to get a library degree. To be clear, I first needed to get my B.A. as I had not gone to college out of high …

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Wikipedia Analytics Engine

Wikipedia has its own data-structure in templates with parameters — if you are not familiar with Wikipedia templates, an example is “infoboxes,” which show up as fixed-format tables in the top right-hand corner of articles. Templates, and the metadata they contain, have been exploited for research in the past, but I’ve wanted to create a …

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VIAFbot Debriefing

Shortly after reaching the 1/4 million edits milestone VIAFbot finished linking Wikipedia biography articles to VIAF.org. Examining the bot’s logs reveals telling statistics about the landscape of Authorities on Wikipedia. We can now know how much linked authority data is on Wikipedia, it’s composition, and the similarities between languages. First, let’s understand the flow of …

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