by Michael V
Wikipedia is often known as a fountain of knowledge for uses to access, as it allows people to search for the information about topics they wish to understand, as well as edit and create entries for others to use. However, this entire system relies primarily on the manpower of millions of contributors, with minimal aid from the system itself. This is because Wikipedia contains mostly knowledge readable by human beings, but cannot be understood by the machines themselves. Wikipedia’s next project, Wikidata, attempts to remedy this issue with the solution of creating a database that is not only readable by both people and machines, but editable by both as well. This in essence will allow the database itself to answer queries asked by users in an automatic fashion, which is a massive leap from having users dig through the information themselves. Typically, questions like these are answered by other users in today’s Wikipedia site, and this advancement will aim to change that. Wikidata will also be able to automatically create tables and charts on what the users need.
This article relates to the topic of the week through it’s incorporation of queries in Wikidata, allowing users to ask the machine directly to pull answers out of it’s database without any human intervention in the process. This process of understanding and answering queries is very similar to how SQL databases handle queries, although this is much more automated in the fashion that Wikidata would be able to understand raw human sentences instead of being given it’s query statements in SQL language commands.
The development of Wikidata will greatly change how information is acquired on the net, because it allows users to access information they need through a variety of methods, from searching the data up themselves, to asking queries towards the database, or asking the database to generate a chart or table to suit their needs. This project will definitely cut down the time and skill level required to find the information one needs, as many people today have trouble entering the right search words and digging through the information to find what they need.
Wikipedia’s Next Big Thing: Wikidata, A Machine-Readable, User-Editable Database Funded By Google, Paul Allen And Others Retrieved May 27, 2012 from Tech Crunch
Web Site: http://techcrunch.com/2012/03/30/wikipedias-next-big-thing-wikidata-a-machine-readable-user-editable-database-funded-by-google-paul-allen-and-others/