Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Elf owl: "let someone else add the translation tags" to qLabel and Wikidata, Wikipedia's database ... WUaS can help with this, qLabel, Hack Night SF

Dear sporadic Universitians, 

I attended a Wikidata monthly office hours in Internet Relay Chat (IRC chat) this morning, and Lydia and Denny, both core Wikidata folks, were facilitating it. WUaS would like to donate and use Wikidata, and inter-lingually; Wikidata is the far-reaching developing sophisticated database written for Wikipedia's 288 languages. 

I'm happy to say Denny was open to WUaS helping with translation tags - 

" i'll let someone else add the translation tags, they seriously confuse me every time" -

and probably as WUaS begins to hire ... and for more than Wikipedia's 288 languages I would hope ... :) See Denny and my conversation in the transcript below about this. Denny also wrote qLabel which is interlingual software, partly for Wikidata, and which WUaS will also use. And Denny knows both Wikidata and Google very well. 

Lots gets decided process-wise for Wikidata in meetings like these office hours, and in terms of working with other "companies" if you read the whole transcript, such as between Google (where Denny is now employed) and Wikidata. I added some of the main links from these office hours to:  http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Wiki.

17:13:51  i'll let someone else add the translation tags, they seriously confuse me every time
17:13:51  if he's here in IRC I will ping him
17:14:36  dennyvrandecic: will do
17:15:01  dennyvrandecic: do you have a URL for Wikidata translation tags?
17:15:26  Scott_WUaS: https://github.com/googleknowledge/qlabel
17:15:32  Jianhui67: here you go ;)
17:15:38  Thanks ")
17:15:40  Scott_WUaS: or better, http://googleknowledge.github.io/qlabel/
17:15:50  can you handle the archiving thing etc?
17:15:59  Great!
17:16:03  \o/
17:16:05  thanks benestar
17:16:07  have to go now and wont come online this week again perhaps :/
17:16:14  or only from mobile ;)
17:16:21  why? school?
17:16:28  vacation :P
17:16:49  sweet
17:16:55  anything else we should discuss today?
17:17:04  Will we get new merch?
17:17:04  benestar: bye :)
17:17:06  dennyvrandecic: (WUaS could help with this eventually - planned for Wikipedia's 288 languages +)
17:17:07  so have fun with the new rfc and cya
17:17:09  Like the Wikidata onesie?
17:17:17  * closed rfc
17:17:19  sjoerddebruin: hihi. i'll add the onsie to the wish list
17:17:20  :P
17:17:33  other suggestions for new merch?
17:18:00  Scott_WUaS: sure, qlabel uses linked open data standards, so works out of the box with anything that implements that
17:18:45  if there's nothing else we can wrap this up for today
17:18:49  thanks so much for coming everyone
17:18:53  this was fun :)
17:18:57  thanks everyone!
17:19:07  Great ... qLabel which you wrote is great too ... WUaS (but it wouldn't be me) isn't quite there to help with this ... but let's stay in touch about this

Questions, ideas, thoughts, observations? ... please send them here. 



Hi Jason, Jean, and All, 

I hope this finds you well, and looking forward to Hack Night tomorrow evening. 

I'm hoping to develop WUaS with a team per my presentation last Wednesday - http://worlduniversityandschool.org/mediawiki-1.24.1/index.php?title=Main_Page - further in "qLabel" for interlingual reasons (which, Denny Vrandecic, one of Wikidata's 3 core developers, now at Google in Mountain View, wrote - see ... https://github.com/googleknowledge/qlabel ... and ... http://googleknowledge.github.io/qlabel/ ... and which I've touched on in my blog, including today ... http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2015/03/elf-owl-let-someone-else-add.html), anticipating all 9000+ languages, their codes, and RDFs (for AI and machine learning eventually), as well as develop the WUaS Templates in WUaS MediaWiki from the WUaS Wikia wiki, probably in Cascading Style Sheets. 

See you soon, and thank you! 


Hi Jason, Jean and All, 

I would also be interested in exploring "porting" over WUaS's 700 pages from WUaS in Wikia - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/World_University - to WUaS in MediaWiki, but anticipating moving this all into Wikidata and inter-lingually eventually, and with RDFs / for AI. 

I'd also like to add the image of WUaS I sent last week to all of us to WUaS in MediaWiki's upper left - http://worlduniversityandschool.org/mediawiki-1.24.1/index.php?title=Main_Page - corner this evening, if possible please. 

Thank you!

Friendly cheers, 


- Scott MacLeod - Founder & President  
- World University and School - like Wikipedia with best STEM-centric OpenCourseWare - incorporated as a nonprofit university and school in California, and is a U.S. 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt educational organization, both effective April 2010. 


Monday, March 30, 2015

Monarch butterfly: Mexico WUaS in Spanish, Mexico Law School at WUaS, HarvardX JuryX course with Harvard Law Professor Charlie Nesson, These university and high school degrees online - Bach. Ph.D. Law, MD and IB ... see Admissions at WUaS

Hi Cait,
Nice to meet you as well. ... was playing my Scottish Small Pipes in the Golden Gate Park yesterday which was fun. Thanks for your email, and welcome back to Mexico City, all the way from Wisconsin, Minnesota and New York City. :)

Just walked into World University and School's AFSC / SFFM hive meeting space (MW 10-12) at 65 9th Street in downtown SF (See too - http://afsc.org/office/san-francisco-ca - and - 
 http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2015/02/endangered-species-dna-translation-of.html) after receiving your email not long ago.  Unete.org has a nice web site, but no habla EspaƱol here - and WUaS can't offer an Universal Translator yet either to help with this translation - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/WUaS_Universal_Translator - although Google Translate is helpful sometimes :).

In addition to online wiki schools in all languages in Mexico for open teaching and learning, WUaS would like to offer these university and high school degrees online - Bach. Ph.D. Law, MD and IB ... see Admissions at WUaS - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Admissions_at_World_University_and_School#World_University_and_School_Links) - (and it might be best to open this in the Chrome browser in my experience). 

Here for example is the beginning Mexico Law School at WUaS -
http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Mexico_Law_School_at_WUaS -
and if possible, WUaS will eventually hire, for example, Stanford and Harvard Law student as graduate student instructors in Google + Hangouts for accrediting law degrees in Mexico. I'm just taking the edX course JuryX with the inspiring Harvard Law Professor Charlie Nesson, where we're partly deliberating online as jury members - https://www.edx.org/course/juryx-deliberations-social-change-harvardx-hls3x - and see too - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nf619wOzqfQ. edX is a great open and free education platform but not CC (whereas Wikipedia, MIT OCW, Yale OYC and WUaS are all Creative Commons' licensed). It would be great to bring MIT OCW and in Spanish into edX platform eventually and in many languages.
And here are:
Mexico World University and School -
http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Mexico -

Spanish language WUaS -

- which are an entire beginning accrediting online university (but only in a few pages so far, and except for the MIT OCW in Spanish, not yet in any languages in Mexico to speak of).
The Quaker organization Progresa (http://www.guatemalafriends.org/-visit-progresa) also offers a variety of certificates in Guatemala and possibly in other countries in central America.
How to develop MIT OCW- and Yale OYC-centric law courses in Spanish as well as how to best accredit in Mexico for all of the above degrees are interesting questions WUaS will focus on with time.
If you're game Caitlin, please join the WUaS community page here - https://plus.google.com/communities/116251696406981539440 - and post something in Spanish and about Spanish MIT OCW ... http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/translated-courses/spanish/ ... with an eye to developing community in that language for wiki open teaching and learning WUaS. There are two options when posting here - either "Edit a page" or "Discussion"  and the cool thing about wiki WUaS is that we can all become teachers to each other, - by teaching to a web page, to our web camera or by teaching in other digital creative ways and adding this to a WUaS wiki Subject page - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Subjects - (and WUaS is currently moving from this Wikia wiki to the MediaWiki here - 

Little bit of a lengthy email, but I hope your Monday is off to a great start as well.

Friendly regards,



Saturday, March 28, 2015

Parnassius: WUaS holding Conversation group video Hangouts 24/7 even, With an idea focus, What are the idea sparks to make these most fun?, How to inform/instruct the interns (e.g. Reed College students) to make these fun and stimulating?

For community building here at WUaS and via this G+ community page - https://plus.google.com/communities/116251696406981539440 - and at WUaS more generally, 

I'm excited about interns at WUaS holding Conversation group video G+ Hangouts 24/7 even, 

first in large languages, and then in all 9,000+ languages, and with an idea focus 

(and only somewhat academic focus, and also for language learning) 

and eventually holding G+ group musical hangouts too, 

- for community building especially. 

What are the idea sparks to make these most fun? How to inform/instruct the interns (e.g. Reed College students) to make these fun and stimulating? 

What G+ Hangout examples or similar already exist that are far-reachingly fun and idea focused?

Here's an example of a G+ Hangout from WUaS Youtube channel - https://www.youtube.com/user/WorldUnivandSch - but WUaS "conversation interns," 24/7, may create very different Hangouts potentially:


Some of this will lead up to course work for credit engaging the conference method (vis-a-vis Reed College):

Conference Method of Teaching and Learning - 



Budgerigar: Could WUaS become as big as Twitter soon & in more languages? NYTs - "The Languages of Twitter Users," Languages at WUaS (planned for all 9,000+), DATA TEMPLATE at WUaS, emerging from and paralleling WUaS's key SUBJECT TEMPLATE as we move into MediaWiki / Wikidata where YOU could add data of your choosing, and across languages, and anticipating machine learning, Some first resources for thinking about this from the Wikidata email list

Could WUaS become as big as Twitter soon & in more languages?

"The Languages of Twitter Users" ...

Languages at WUaS (planned for all 9,000+) ...
http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Languages ...

Twitter's offices are a block away from WUaS's open hive meeting space (MW10-12) at SFFM/@afsc_org Could WUaS grow like Twitter in all languages?


Planned DATA TEMPLATE at WUaS ...

emerging from and paralleling WUaS's key SUBJECT TEMPLATE -

http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/SUBJECT_TEMPLATE -

as WUaS's moves into MediaWiki / Wikidata ...

where YOU could add data of your choosing, and across languages, and anticipating machine learning ...


Some first resources for thinking about this for WUaS from Wikidata's email list communications beginning yesterday ...

Hi all,

Europeana.eu is interested in using Wikidata. At the moment, we are trying to make a correspondence between the data structures in Wikidata and our data model EDM [1] for digitized cultural collections.

We started by looking at the general Wikidata project page [2] and found that the following projects and related property list pages could be a starting point for our work:

Next to cultural items, we are also looking at persons, organizations, places, subjects, events and the abstract notion of work for enriching our data beyond the original description that is provided to us. For this we found the http://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:WikiProject_Infoboxes a good starting point since it gathers all of them, and also http://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:Years_WikiProject for simple dates.

We would appreciate if you could help us on finding other wikidata projects that we would have missed, or any other work that could be relevant for us!

Thanks in advance,

[1] http://pro.europeana.eu/edm-documentation


Hi Valentine,

I think the following projects would also fall within the scope of your search:
The latter wrote a H2020 proposal in which Europeana is a partner:




Hi, for France I'm also aware of the historical monuments project, that might be interesting for you: 


Hi Valentine!

I think the Authority Control project would be of interest to you:



Friday, March 27, 2015

Apollo Butterfly: Decades-old sociological thesis in America that immigrants significantly enhance the economy, Switzerland WUaS and its 4 official languages WUASs, WUaS's pitch at CfA, WUAS in MediaWiki developments, A history of WUaS in wikis

Hi Eric (and Linda and Pablo), 

Nice to talk with you at AFSC yesterday again, Eric. 

Are you familiar with the decades-old sociological thesis in America that immigrants significantly enhance the economy? There's probably abundant quantitative sociological evidence for this as well. 

How could that / has that been explored in Switzerland / the EU / various European countries and with folks from Africa especially, but also all immigrants? What does the evidence say on the positive side? What are best examples? 

Are you familiar too with the Pew Center for Internet and Society - e.g. 
https://twitter.com/pewresearch - although they have many Twitter feeds (e.g. https://twitter.com/PewHispanic). They bring a quantitative data driven approach to many related questions mostly in the States though I think, and publish rigorous papers abundantly. 

Here too is Switzerland WUaS ... http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Switzerland ... where it could be very interesting to explore related questions over the years ahead and in French, German, Italian and Romansch, (and even create good academic and other jobs in the languages of immigrants, and in folks' countries, too). 

And here too are the 4 official Swiss languages and per WUaS (but not yet in these languages as online universities:):

Looking forward to talking about this further. 

Friendly cheers, 


Hi Jean and Jason, 

Thanks so much for your facilitation and your email conversation re WUaS's pitch at CfA last night, Jean.

"Code for America Hack Night SF WUaS Presentation at 155 9th, SF, W, March 25, 2015"
(accessible here for awhile - http://worlduniversityandschool.org/)

And Jason, thanks too very much for fixing the spelling error last night in WUAS MediaWiki ... 

I'm excited about how WUaS's central SUBJECT TEMPLATE - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/SUBJECT_TEMPLATE - and other related WUaS Templates, will take shape probably in Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), in MediaWiki, and then how this SUBJECT TEMPLATE's headings will move "horizontally" translated into all 288 Wikipedia languages, in Wikidata to shape open schools in all of these languages ... next week? :) 

By the way, 
here's a history of WUaS in wikis: 

And here the Wikis ahead for WUaS probably ... and which will dovetail with WUaS MediaWiki / Wikidata / Wikicommons / and AI / machine learning and a planned Universal Translator

Thank you, and please edit a WUaS wiki page to help grow a vibrant editing / teaching community  ! :)

Friendly cheers,