Presented by

  • Edward Betts

    Edward Betts

    Edward became a member of Debian in 1998, he maintains over 70 Debian packages. He has written several tools for BusyBox, a software suite that provides several Unix utilities in a single executable file. Edward worked at the Internet Archive for five years as the original data librarian of the Open Library. He builds tools for editing Wikipedia, Wikidata and OpenStreetMap.


Wikidata and OpenStreetMap are collaborative open data projects that contain structured data for real world places and things. Adding links between the projects makes the data more useful, but doing this by hand is laborious. I've written a software tool that automates much of the process. Editors of OpenStreetMap can use my software to search for a place or region, generating a list of candidate matches from Wikidata, which can then be checked and saved to OpenStreetMap. Linking the two projects isn't without controversy. They use different licenses which raises questions about what information from one project can be copied to the other. In the presentation I will give details of a new version of the editing tool. I will talk about the benefits of linking, the process of finding matches, the community response - including the controversy - and how people can get involved.