Can you trust Wikidata?

Tracking #: 3577-4791

Veronica Santos
Daniel Schwabe
Sérgio Lifschitz

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Guest Editors Wikidata 2022

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In order to use a value retrieved from a Knowledge Graph (KG) for some computation, the user should, in principle, ensure that s/he trusts the veracity of the claim, i.e., considers the statement as a fact. Crowd-sourced KGs, or KGs constructed by integrating several different information sources of varying quality, must be used via a trust layer. The veracity of each claim in the underlying KG should be evaluated, considering what is relevant to carrying out some action that motivates the information seeking. The present work aims to assess how well Wikidata (WD) supports the trust decision process implied when using its data. WD provides several mechanisms that can support this trust decision, and our KG Profiling, based on WD claims and schema, elaborates an analysis of how multiple points of view, controversies, and potentially incomplete or incongruent content are presented and represented.
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Review #1
By Tianyi Li submitted on 30/Nov/2023
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The paper discusses an important question of the reliability of the WikiData KG, which the community has been using as the gold standard. The paper is a contribution to the community from which many will benefit. The paper was already greatly improved in the last draft, and with the further amendments in this draft I am happy to suggest Accept as the decision.