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A glimpse into Babel: an analysis of multilinguality in Wikidata

Kaffee, Lucie-Aimée, Piscopo, Alessandro, Vougiouklis, Pavlos, Simperl, Elena, Carr, Leslie and Pintscher, Lydia (2017) A glimpse into Babel: an analysis of multilinguality in Wikidata In OpenSym '17 Proceedings of the 13th International Symposium on Open Collaboration. ACM. 5 pp. (doi:10.1145/3125433.3125465).

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Multilinguality is an important topic for knowledge bases, especially Wikidata, that was build to serve the multilingual requirements of an international community. Its labels are the way for humans to interact with the data. In this paper, we explore the state of languages in Wikidata as of now, especially in regard to its ontology, and the relationship to Wikipedia. Furthermore, we set the multilinguality of Wikidata in the context of the real world by comparing it to the distribution of native speakers. We find an existing language maldistribution, which is less urgent in the ontology, and promising results for future improvements.

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Accepted/In Press date: 6 July 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 23 August 2017
Venue - Dates: OpenSym '17 The International Symposium on Open Collaboration Galway, Ireland, Galway, Ireland, 2017-08-23 - 2017-08-25
Keywords: Multilinguality, Wikidata, Community-driven knowledge base, Linked Data


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Last modified: 12 Sep 2017 16:31

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Author: Lucie-Aimée Kaffee ORCID iD
Author: Alessandro Piscopo ORCID iD
Author: Elena Simperl ORCID iD
Author: Leslie Carr ORCID iD
Author: Lydia Pintscher

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