Saturday, January 19, 2013

Ciclid: World University and School would like to begin to develop WUaS in Wikidata/Wikibase/SemanticWiki, and move from our present, Wikia wiki

Dear L,

World University and School would like to begin to develop WUaS in Wikidata/Wikibase/SemanticWiki, and move from our present, Wikia wiki. At your suggestion, I'm writing a document to explain some of the ways WUaS would like to begin to engage Wikidata, and to inquire what you would suggest as the best ways to do this. I hope here to lay out the WUaS 'big picture' in this transfer inquiry. 

WUaS is like Wikipedia with MIT OCW, and plans to become available in many or all languages and any country, both as a people-to-people, open, teaching and learning wiki, and also for free, online, courses and/or degrees. 

WUaS presently has 539 wiki pages in English, the section headings of which we would like to copy, paste and translate into other languages, as we move from the current, Wikia wiki to the new, Creative Commons’ licensed, Wikidata / Wikibase database. 

In moving from the present Wikia wiki to Wikidata/Wikibase, WUaS would like to transfer 99.9% of what is posted now on the WUaS wiki, basically in its present form, to a new Wikidata database. But in the process, WUaS would like to anticipate new developments designed into the new Wikidata / Wikibase wiki for Wikipedia, especially in terms of multiple languages' support, but also in numerous other ways.  

As I envision this transfer process, WUaS would develop its main, nine pages in English, first, which are - Courses, Subjects, Languages (All), Nation States (All), You at WUaS, Research, Educational Software, Library Resources, Museums, Hardware Resource Possibilities ... see - perhaps developing templates for this, and then begin to add the remaining 530 pages, before growing from there, (but there may be easier ways to do this, with which I'm not familiar). 

In planning for future developments, WUaS would like to anticipate as wiki pages:

- a Music School, with all instruments in all languages, each a wiki subject page to begin; 

- collaborating with Wikipedia to make it easy to turn a Wikipedia article into a wiki Subject at WUaS - 

- coding Wikidata / Wikibase / SemanticWiki so that it works with WUaS's bookstore, eventually probably around the payee field of Quickbooks and Quickbooks’ POS Multi-store; 

- developing metrics of usage of WUaS, including eventually studies of students and how they learn,

- collaborating with Wikimedia for languages, and in unforeseen ways; 

- developing modalities of communication between Wikidata and WUaS for flexibility to grow as needed. 

Let me end with a question:  Is there a way to 'bookmark' references, - e.g. adding a course or adding a specific, book title - and to thereby speed up this process? 

Thank you and best wishes, 


Scott MacLeod
Founder & President

World University and School
(like Wikipedia with MIT Open Course Ware)

P.O. Box 442,
(86 Ridgecrest Road),
Canyon, CA 94516

415 480 4577
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