Wikidata: The Making Of

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Wikidata, now a decade old, is the largest public knowledge graph, with data on more than 100 million concepts contributed by over 560,000 editors. It is widely used in applications and research. At its launch in late 2012, however, it was little more than a hopeful new Wikimedia project, with no content, almost no community, and a severely restricted platform. Seven years earlier still, in 2005, it was merely a rough idea of a few PhD students, a conceptual nucleus that had yet to pick up many important influences from others to turn into what is now called Wikidata. In this paper, we try to recount this remarkable journey, and we review what has been accomplished, what has been given up on, and what is yet left to do for the future.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCompanion Proceedings of the ACM Web Conference 2023 (WWW'23)
EditorsYing Ding, Jie Tang, Juan F. Sequeda, Lora Aroyo, Carlos Castillo, Geert-Jan Houben
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM), New York
Number of pages10
ISBN (electronic)9781450394161
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2023

External IDs

Scopus 85159580342
Mendeley 7177e6fc-b2c5-31ce-9031-1de446205b4a



  • Wikibase, Wikidata, MediaWiki, knowledge graph