Wikifunctions is a collaboratively edited catalog of computer functions that aims to allow the creation, modification, and reuse of source code. It is closely related to Abstract Wikipedia, an extension to Wikidata that aims to create a language-independent version of Wikipedia using its structured data. Provisionally named Wikilambda, the definitive name of Wikifunctions was announced on 22 December 2020 following a naming contest. The Wikifunctions website is expected to launch in 2022 and will be the first new Wikimedia project to launch since 2012.
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|Created by||Denny Vrandečić|
|Launched||2 July 2020|
A public demonstration system has been set up at https://notwikilambda.toolforge.org and was announced in October 2020.
It was conceived by Denny Vrandečić, the co-founder of Wikidata, in a Google working paper in April 2020, formally proposed in May 2020 (as Wikilambda), and approved by the Wikimedia Foundation board of trustees in July 2020 as Abstract Wikipedia. In March 2021, Vrandečić published an overview of the system in the article "Building a Multilingual Wikipedia" in the computer science journal Communications of the ACM.
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At heart, Wikifunctions is rather technical: It will let the community create functions—that is, sequences of computer programming instructions. These functions will use data as inputs, apply an algorithm, and calculate an output, which can be rendered into one of the natural human languages to answer questions.
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