Wikipedia API?

Wikipedia.I want Wikipedia to have an API, but it doesn’t. Some web searching turned up Gina Trapani’s WikipedizeText, but that still wasn’t exactly what I wanted. A note in the source code, however, put me back on the trail to the Wikipedia database downloads, and while that’s not what I want, I did learn that they’ve got a table of just the article titles (over 1.2 million of them) in their downloads.

Some of this is related to my interest in making Wikipedia work better in an academic library context, but I’ve got other plans too. With luck, we’ll see a beta release this week.

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11 thoughts on “Wikipedia API?

  1. Hey,

    We recently thought of some ideas like you have to work with something like a wikipedia API to build apps and services. I wonder why one doesnt exist. Are you working on this still? can you share with me? drop in at my blog.

  2. Thats actually prove to be a very useful thing to have wiki apis. Wiki must also move to have readily available APIs similar to facebook.

  3. 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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