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Create a tool to auto-populate categories through Wikidata/other wiki comparison
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Currently, when a new category is created, even if it is linked to Wikidata and other language categories, there is no easy way to generate a list of articles that exist on a given wiki that should be populated with it. And even when someone has a list of such articles, they have to manually tag them. I'd like to see a tool that generates such lists, and allows populating categories with as much ease as Commons:Help:Gadget-Cat-a-lot.

See also a related discussion at w:Wikipedia:Village pump (technical)/Archive_141

--Piotrus (talk) 05:15, 10 November 2015 (UTC)

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I submitted a task for AWB that would help with this at T125971.

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I have been working on a proof of concept for this. It's still rough around the edges (and not so fast). This is the current output:

> Kategoria:Polscy spadochroniarze                          : Category:Polish skydivers
> > Kategoria:Cichociemni                                   : Category:Cichociemni
      Maciej Kalenkiewicz                               : Maciej Kalenkiewicz
      Hieronim Dekutowski                               : Hieronim Dekutowski
      Jan Piwnik                                        : Jan Piwnik
      Stefan Bałuk                                      : Stefan Bałuk
      Stanisław Jankowski                               : Stanisław Jankowski
      Leopold Okulicki                                  : Leopold Okulicki
      Adam Boryczka                                     : Adam Boryczka
      Franciszek Koprowski                              : Franciszek Koprowski
      Bolesław Kontrym                                  : Bolesław Kontrym
      Adolf Pilch                                       : Adolf Pilch
      Władysław Kochański (oficer AK)                   : Władysław Kochański
      Kazimierz Iranek-Osmecki                          : Kazimierz Iranek-Osmecki
      Cichociemni                                       : Cichociemni
      Marian Gołębiewski (żołnierz)                     : Marian Gołębiewski (soldier)
      Elżbieta Zawacka                                  : Elżbieta Zawacka
      Jan Nowak-Jeziorański                             : Jan Nowak-Jeziorański
      Wacław Kopisto                                    : Wacław Kopisto
      Jan Rogowski (cichociemny)                        : Jan Rogowski
> > > Kategoria:Osoby związane z cichociemnymi              : Category:Cichociemni
        Jerzy Zubrzycki                                   : Jerzy Zubrzycki
        Lech Bądkowski                                    : Lech Bądkowski
        Tadeusz Chciuk-Celt                               : Tadeusz Chciuk-Celt
> > > > Kategoria:Kurierzy i emisariusze rządu RP (1939–1945): Category:Cichociemni
          Jan Nowak-Jeziorański                             : Jan Nowak-Jeziorański
          Tadeusz Chciuk-Celt                               : Tadeusz Chciuk-Celt
          Jerzy Lerski                                      : Jerzy Jan Lerski
          Józef Retinger                                    : Józef Retinger
          Jan Karski                                        : Jan Karski
          Kazimierz Iranek-Osmecki                          : Kazimierz Iranek-Osmecki

The general mechanism is as follows:

  1. build the category tree on the source wiki (in this case pl.wikipedia)
  2. try to map each source wiki category to the most specific target wiki category. For example, Kategoria:Polscy spadochroniarze maps to Category:Polish skydivers, but the subcategories of Kategoria:Cichociemni are all mapped to Category:Cichociemni
  3. for each page in the source category, figure out if there is a page on the target wiki
  4. check if the target page is already in the target category. If not, list it.

I have tried to summarize the progress on this task at Is there any beautiful screenshot in Commons that we can reuse? Is there a place to test what was demoed in Jerusalem?

Unfortunately not more than the two screenshots in this Task; I have not been able to find the time to code up a web interface, unfortunately. The full output for the example category is at ; maybe we should just copy that formatted list to a page as an example output?

@valhallasw would you welcome help from an Outreachy intern( Dec 6 to March 6 ) on this task? The application period is open until Oct - 17.

If yes, let us know and we'll feature this task.

cawiki and ruwiki use LUA to populate categories from Wikidata properties.

@valhallasw would you be interested in continuing to work on this task? Do you need some help to get this done? I'm asking as we are recruiting projects and mentors for the upcoming rounds of GSOC/Outreachy.