Knowledge graphs

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Acquiring access for our consumers to a semantic network of relevant linked open data compiled by other efforts and structured by a number of ontologies is obviously key to Consumerium. Reciprocally we aim to share the information we gather and compile available to other efforts.


The DBpedia logo

DBpedia (.org) is a community effort to enable the web moving "Towards a Public Data Infrastructure for a Large, Multilingual, Semantic Knowledge Graph".

Today the DBpedia data sets contain a wealth of information structured into ontologies. This structured data can be queried with SPARQL query language at their public DBpedia SPARQL endpoint.

There are many methods how the DBpedia ontology and datasets could be used in the Consumerium implementation stage wiki.

Ontology classes useful for implementing Consumerium[edit]

All DBpedia ontology classes

DBpedia datasets[edit]

DBpedia Databus[edit]

At DBpedia there is ongoing work on what is called DBpedia Databus to take their game to the next level. Databus Alpha was published in May 2018.

History of DBpedia[edit]

DBpedia began as an effort to extract structured information from Wikipedia infobox templates and categories and to make this information available on the Web with the initial release on January 10th 2007.

More info on DBpedia[edit]


The Wikidata logo

Wikidata (.org) is a knowledge base, an effort to store and serve structured data to Wikimedia wikis and to a more limited extent to other parties. Wikidata effort saw the daylight in 2012.

The underlying software is the Wikibase which consists of 2 Mediawiki extensions, the Wikibase Repository and the Wikibase Client.

Wikibase allows interwiki links to be managed with Wikidata removing much contributor annoyanges, redundancy and error-proneness.

Wikidata is obviously a very viable source of reference level data once it is technically possible for non-WMF wikis to access the data items. (See #LinkedWiki extension for a potential workaround for this limitation)

It can be accessed outside of WMF wikis with with

Main entry point of any Wikidata item is a JSON dictionary, that has this form:

{“labels”: by-language dictionary

“descriptions”: by-language dictionary

“aliases”: by-language dictionary

“claims”: list of property and values

“sitelinks”: by-language dictionary}

Useful information[edit]

More info


The Wikibase logo

Wikibase ( is a system for storing and querying structured data that powers Wikidata and other wikis.

Wikibase consists of two extensions:

  1. Wikibase Repository that allows a wiki to work as a repository for structured data.
  2. Wikibase Client that allows a wiki to access structured data from a repository. The client can work only with repository databases it can access so they must be on the same machine or the same load balancer.

Installation of Wikibase[edit]

Wikibase installation instructions at and advanced configuration of Wikibase.

The installation instructions assume you are installing the dependencies with Composer, a PHP package manager that makes the installation of dependencies easy.

Useful extensions in conjunction with Wikibase[edit]

Alternative to using Wikibase Client[edit]

Useful information[edit]

Semantic MediaWiki[edit]

Semantic MediaWiki (.org) (SMW) is a free, open-source extension to MediaWiki that lets you store & query semantic data within the wiki and it seems well suited to Consumerium's information infrastructure needs.

Spinoff extensions[edit]

A variety of open-source MediaWiki extensions exist that use the data structure provided by Semantic MediaWiki.

Among the most notable are of the Semantic MediaWiki extensions:

  • Semantic Forms - enables user-created forms for adding and editing pages that use semantic data
  • Semantic Result Formats - provides a large number of display formats for semantic data, including charts, graphs, calendars and mathematical functions
  • Semantic Drilldown - provides a w:faceted browser interface for viewing the semantic data in a wiki
  • Semantic Maps - displays geographic semantic data using various mapping services

LinkedWiki extension[edit]

A possible way to tap into various knowledge graphs is the LinkedWiki extension. LinkedWiki has been developed since 2010 by mw:User:Karima Rafes, a #Semantic MediaWiki developer and CEO of

See also[edit]

  • Database for a higher level view of what is going on with the databases