Submissions:2016/Tutorial on basic SQL (Quarry) for Wikimedians

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Title
Tutorial on basic SQL ("Quarry") for Wiki[mp]edians
Theme
Tech
Academic Peer Review option
no
Type of submission
Workshop (Specifically meant as a tutorial)
Author
Brian Wolff
E-mail address
bawolff __AT__ gmail __DOT__ com
Username
Bawolff
Affiliation
MediaWiki Developer
Abstract
Have you ever wished to know something about the articles in Wikipedia, but there was no "Special" page that gave you quite the right information? Quarry ( https://tools.wmflabs.org/quarry/ ) is a powerful tool that allows anyone to get interesting information from the wiki. However, it requires knowing SQL in order to use. This session is meant to be a basic tutorial on SQL, and in particular SQL in the context of the MediaWiki database schema. No previous programming or database knowledge will be assumed. By the end of the tutorial participants should be able to understand the types of information they can obtain from the Quarry tool, and be able make basic ad-hoc queries to obtain information they want.

The tutorial is primarily aimed at Wikimedians, but maintainers of non-Wikimedia wikis who want to query data. Participants are encouraged (but certainly not required) to bring their laptop if possible so they can follow along.

Length of presentation
~60 minutes (I can adapt length shorter or longer to whatever slot is given to me)
Special schedule requests
n/a
Preferred room size
Not sure. Lets say 30.
Will you attend WikiConference North America if your submission is not accepted?
yes

Interested attendees

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  1. Interested in learning about the opportunities SQL queries present with Wikipedia (as well as learning some SQL itself). ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 09:31, 31 August 2016 (EDT)