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Tutorial on basic SQL ("Quarry") for Wiki[mp]edians
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Type of submission
Workshop (Specifically meant as a tutorial)
Brian Wolff
E-mail address
bawolff __AT__ gmail __DOT__ com
MediaWiki Developer
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 ( ) 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) 20 minutes
Special schedule requests
Preferred room size
Not sure. Lets say 30.
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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)
  2. This is a great topic. Sj (talk) 20:19, 6 October 2016 (EDT)