Background on the wiki project

Currently, the wiki runs on https://wiki.tangoresearch.net – and will subsequently be reachable also under https://wiki.awakentango.com

Why a wiki for tango?

  • During the “map” project we realized that there is so much that is part of the tango world, which is never captured or linked together.
  • It is time to bring all knowledge together to help others not start from scratch.

Why not use existing wikis?

  • Wikipedia - Will only allow for encyclopedic knowledge
  • tango.info - is mostly a database for tango music information
  • tangowiki.org - seems to be a dead project. If it takes off, we might want to merge into it, share some knowledge/data, or not.

Where can I learn more about the base ideas built into the wiki?

I’m excited about this. I have a lot of content I would be happy to contribute to a wiki and I imagine there are a lot of other people who do as well! Maybe we can schedule a fall Wikithon (like a Hackathon) where we ask all the tango people to dedicate a weekend to wikifying their content here???

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Just got my account set up and made my first page! Very satisfying somehow. Yay!!

@daniel I’d like to play with setting up fields/a template for a really broad People page that might prompt people to share areas of expertise/contribution. I couldn’t figure out how to do that? This one doesn’t seem editable — any suggestions? https://wiki.tangoresearch.net/index.php?title=Template:People_Profile

Please go to https://wiki.tangoresearch.net/index.php?title=Category:People, and edit the Schema for People. The schema basically defines both the form and the template basics. After the schema is finished, the corresponding pages must be created, which, I think, only an admin can do; it might overwrite things, so I’d want to see that it doesn’t.

The more advanced templates we will have, the less these auto-generated templates are useful.

https://workingwithmediawiki.com/book/chapter17.html

Dear @mitramartin , to better get into the flow of designing schemas, I suggest you

  1. Check out Special:Properties for semantic data fields that are already available
  2. Take a look at existing schemas, such as in Category:Projects or Category:Blogs

Thanks @daniel . Ok, I think I get it, will need to practice. This is really powerful!

Here are some fields I am thinking of for People. Would love to hear how this sounds: (Feel free to move this to a different Topic?)
Name
Location
Occupation
Roles(s) — E.g., in tango, like Social Dancer or Musician
Born
Website(s)
Affiliations
Areas of Expertise
Works (e.g., could be Projects, Blogs, Publications, etc.)
Social (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter)

How does that sound as a starting point?

I tried that, see my page https://wiki.tangoresearch.net/index.php?title=Daniel_de_Kay

You can, too: https://wiki.tangoresearch.net/index.php?title=Category:People

If you already have a person, you can add the template “People profile”, save, and reload, and then click “edit using form”

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The semantic properties are great, because we can do things like this: A list of all pages that have websites linked (always current, and auto-generated)

https://wiki.tangoresearch.net/index.php?title=Property:Has_website

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@daniel , When I click on the name of a red-colored person that appears in a sidebar info box like on a Project, in order to create a page about them (like Mara or Mitra on the Tango Map page), I’m not getting the Person content category. Is there a way that this type of page could appear in this context?

If you create a page through that way, you need to add the people profile template, save, reload, and then the link is created and the form is accessible.

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Hi Daniel,
I added a page about Gema-Frei tangos. But I wasn’t sure which Category/Form to use. At the moment it’s listed as a Project. But perhaps there is a better category? I’m planning to cross reference with the list of Gema free tangos recordings that’s being marketed in Germany (just the composition titles, not the recording details).

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That’s great. A template is just that, a starting point. Essentially it asks for some data, and formats it in a structured way.

The Wiki is still based on Text, structured tags, and formatting, and the templates just take care of this otherwise need to be repeated a lot.

My thinking for structure:

  • If there is a project or initiative to collect and maintain the list, that would be the project.
  • The list of gema-free tangos (and maybe how to obtain them) would be a separate page.
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@Korey what a great resource and good use-case for a wiki