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Wikidata, Guix and the Free Software DIrectory [was: Re: [ELPA] New pack

From: Christophe Poncy
Subject: Wikidata, Guix and the Free Software DIrectory [was: Re: [ELPA] New package: repology.el]
Date: Fri, 8 Jan 2021 13:46:32 +0100
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On 1/7/21 2:49 PM, Richard Stallman <rms@gnu.org> wrote:
> I see two ways we could possibly manage to use repology.org in the
> Free World.
> * Find a way to distinguish free from nonfree packages.  I see two
> ideas One is to snarf the lists of free packages from Debian and
> Parabola.  Another is to see if free packages list a license that
> shows they are free.  You might have other ideas.

Repology data can easily be found on Wikidata [1] but I wonder if
Repology can locate and merge their entries on Wikidata or if it was
done manually.

> Does anyone have another idea?

Repology is a software directory but we already have such tool with the
Free Software Directory! [1][2]

Wikidata can natively distinguish free from nonfree packages. So one way
is to add all Guix variable names into Wikidata [3] and find a way to
link the Wikidata properties with the FSD entries…

Then Emacs can use the Mediawiki API to query the fetched data.


[1] https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Property:P6931
[2] https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Property:P2537
[3] https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Property:P6765

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