Wikifunctions is a collaboratively edited catalog of computer functions that aims to allow the creation, modification, and reuse of source code.[2][3] 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.[4][5][6] Provisionally named Wikilambda,[7] the definitive name of Wikifunctions was announced on 22 December 2020 following a naming contest.[8] The Wikifunctions website is expected to launch in 2022 and will be the first new Wikimedia project to launch since 2012.[9]

The Wikifunctions logo,[1] which features a lambda at its centre. The symbol is used in mathematical logic and computer science to introduce anonymous functions expressed with the concepts of lambda calculus.
Type of site
Founded2 July 2020; 18 months ago (2020-07-02)
OwnerWikimedia Foundation
Created byDenny Vrandečić

A public demonstration system has been set up at and was announced in October 2020.

Abstract WikipediaEdit

It was conceived by Denny Vrandečić, the co-founder of Wikidata, in a Google working paper in April 2020,[10] formally proposed in May 2020 (as Wikilambda), and approved by the Wikimedia Foundation board of trustees in July 2020 as Abstract Wikipedia.[11][12][13] 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.[14]


  1. ^ "Abstract Wikipedia/Updates/2021-10-27". Meta-wiki. 27 October 2021. Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  2. ^ Harrison, Stephen (1 September 2021). "Wikipedia Is Trying to Transcend the Limits of Human Language". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 1 September 2021. 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.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Couto, Luis; Teixera Lopes, Carla (15 September 2021). "Equal opportunities in the access to quality online health information? A multi-lingual study on Wikipedia". 17th International Symposium on Open Collaboration. OpenSym 2021. New York, NY, USA: Association for Computing Machinery: 12. doi:10.1145/3479986.3480000. ISBN 978-1-4503-8500-8.
  4. ^ Hill, Paul (13 April 2020). "Wikidata founder floats idea for balanced multilingual Wikipedia". Neowin. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  5. ^ Čížek, Jakub (14 April 2020). " Představte si databázi, ve které by jednou mělo být úplně všechno". Živě.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  6. ^ Noisette, Thierry (5 July 2020). "Abstract Wikipedia: un projet de traductions de l'encyclopédie depuis sa base de données". ZDNet France (in French). Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Abstract Wikipedia/Name". Meta-wiki. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  8. ^ Vrandečić, Denny. "Wiki of functions naming contest". Abstract-Wikipedia mailing list. Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  9. ^ Harrison, Stephen (1 September 2021). "Wikipedia Is Trying to Transcend the Limits of Human Language". Slate. Retrieved 2 September 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ Vrandečić, Denny (8 April 2020). "Architecture for a multilingual Wikipedia". arXiv:2004.04733 [cs.CY].
  11. ^ Maher, Katherine. "Abstract Wikipedia/June 2020 announcement - Meta".
  12. ^ ""Abstract Wikipedia": Neues Projekt soll Wissen in alle Sprachen übersetzen". RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (in German). 6 July 2020. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  13. ^ Rixecker, Kim (6 July 2020). "Abstract Wikipedia: Wie das Online-Lexikon eines seiner größten Probleme lösen will". t3n Magazine (in German). Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  14. ^ Denny Vrandečić (April 2021). "Building a Multilingual Wikipedia". Communications of the ACM. 64 (4): 38–41. doi:10.1145/3425778. ISSN 0001-0782. Wikidata Q106143058.

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