The Wikifunctions logo[1]
Type of site
FoundedJuly 2, 2020; 9 months ago (2020-07-02)
OwnerWikimedia Foundation
Created byDenny Vrandečić

Wikifunctions is a collaboratively edited catalog of functions that aims to allow the creation, modification and reuse of code. It is closely related to the project Abstract Wikipedia, an extension to Wikidata that aims to create a language-independent version of Wikipedia using its structured data.[2][3][4]

The project was provisionally named Wikilambda.[5] Following a naming contest, the definitive name of Wikifunctions was announced on 22 December 2020.[6]

Abstract Wikipedia

It was conceived by Denny Vrandečić, the co-founder of Wikidata, in a Google working paper in April 2020,[7] formally proposed in May 2020 (as Wikilambda), and approved by the Wikimedia Foundation board of trustees in July 2020 as "Abstract Wikipedia."[8][9][10] 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.[11]


  1. ^ "Abstract Wikipedia/Updates/2021-03-17". Meta-wiki. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  2. ^ Hill, Paul (13 April 2020). "Wikidata founder floats idea for balanced multilingual Wikipedia". Neowin. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  3. ^ Čížek, Jakub (14 April 2020). "Wikidata.org: Představte si databázi, ve které by jednou mělo být úplně všechno". Živě.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Abstract Wikipedia/Name". Meta-wiki. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  6. ^ Vrandečić, Denny. "Wiki of functions naming contest". Abstract-Wikipedia mailing list. Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  7. ^ Vrandečić, Denny (8 April 2020). "Architecture for a multilingual Wikipedia". arXiv:2004.04733 [cs.CY].
  8. ^ Maher, Katherine. "Abstract Wikipedia/June 2020 announcement - Meta". meta.wikimedia.org.
  9. ^ ""Abstract Wikipedia": Neues Projekt soll Wissen in alle Sprachen übersetzen". RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (in German). 6 July 2020. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ 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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