|Subject:||Re: [Feature idea] Adding wikidata, wikipedia & screenshot-url fields to package-recipes|
|Date:||Thu, 1 Nov 2018 23:33:48 +0100|
On Thu, Nov 01, 2018 at 10:44:19AM +0100, swedebugia wrote:Also to help us to associate new and existing packages with wikidata-entries we could devise a guile-programmed way to associate wikidata-entries to existing package objects and perhaps use this to populate new package-recipes created with guix import Guix would then be the first package manager to both be completely free of proprietary software and to leverage knowledge from Wikidata and WP. What do you think?Absolutely the way forward. Totally excited you want to run with this! Wikidata is linked data and dry and by using it we can share between distros and software building projects (conda, easybuild etc.). It scales because the software maintainers themselves will be encouraged to update project information - such as a reference to a mailing list - which is the only way to really keep up-to-date in a scalable way. Wikipedia will use that information too. Wikidata is DRY.
First I did not understand DRY. Found https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don't_repeat_yourself
Agreed, it would be nice if changes to Wikidata would be driven by the authors of the programs and shared with leaf nodes (package managers, etc.)
I agree. Though it would be good to find a way to keep queries to wikidata to a minimum. Caching maybe.People don't realise it, but in science to find the right tools for the job is often a challenge. Wikidata will help us create sections for tools that address certain tasks. For example variant calling in sequencing data. I and others here have a direct stake in solving this problem. This meta-information does not belong in Guix, so we need a place to handle it.
Eh, unfortunately my guile and guix fu is not really anything to brag about, yet ;-). I am reading up on guile and trying to understand the code in guix.When you have a proof-of-concept we can even consider writing a paper about it.
Right now my skill level is at
This wikidata endeavor would likely take some time for me to accomplish with a good mentor.
First up is deciding whether the core procedures interacting with
wikidata should be in guix or as a separate module. I suggest
Then writing client procedures to interface with the SPARQL API
in wikidata. This has already been done in python 3 (beta) see
We could piggyback on this client (essentially making guix dependent on python :/) or better yet contribute to one of the existing guile sql libraries:
The last one looks most promising but I did not look at the code yet.
Thanks for the invitation. I will think about it.Will you join our Guix event at FOSDEM? This would be an interesting working group.
I look forward to hone my guile and guix skills :)
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