Playing with wdtaxonomy

Those queries from my last blog entry? Never mind!

After I wrote about Extracting RDF data models from Wikidata in my blog last month, Ettore Rizza suggested that I check out wdtaxonomy, which extracts taxonomies from Wikidata by retrieving the kinds of data that my blog entry’s sample queries retrieved, and it then displays the results as a tree. After playing with it, I’m tempted to tell everyone who read that blog entry to ignore the example queries I included, because you can learn a lot more from wdtaxonomy.

Extracting RDF data models from Wikidata

That's "models", plural.

Some people complain when an RDF dataset lacks a documented data model. A great thing about RDF and SPARQL is that if you want to know what kind of modeling might have been done for a dataset, you just look, even if they’re using non-(W3C-)standard modeling structures. They’re still using triples, so you look at the triples.

The Wikidata data model and your SPARQL queries

Reference works to get you taking advantage of the fancy parts quickly.

Last month I promised that I would dig further into the Wikidata data model, its mapping to RDF, and how we can take advantage of this with SPARQL queries. I had been trying to understand the structure of the data based on the RDF classes and properties I saw and the documentation that I could find, and some of the vocabulary discussing these issues confused me–for example, RDF is about describing resources, but I was seeing lots of references to entities, which can mean slightly different…