An API for Wikipedia

John Musser, December 5th, 2005

WikipediaThe creator of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, who is now President of the non-profit Wikipedia Foundation, spoke at a Brookings Institute event last week where among other news he discussed their plans for an API. According to one listener’s notes: “WPF [Wikipedia Foundation] has early plans to open their API…Problem with open API is cost to dynamically render pages and bandwidth required to deliver content that then is embedded by non-supporting sites in their own pages.” Another example of tradeoffs in providing an API. But an API-enabled Wikipedia would be a great data source. Will be interesting to see how this develops. [via Steve Rubel]

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April 16th, 2008
at 5:45 am
Comment by: Maria Grineva

Take a look at WikiXMLDB

It provides a way to query Wikipedia in XQuery.

Wikipedia dump was parsed into XML and loaded into Sedna XML database. Now you have the flexibility and power of XQuery applied to rich Wikipedia content!

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