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Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums & Wikimedia / Fri 10 - Sun 12 April 2015
Koninklijke Bibliotheek & National Archive of The Netherlands, The Hague, NL

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A general introduction to Wikidata, for GLAMs

Wikidata is a free linked database that can be read and edited by both humans and machines. This presentation will give an introduction to Wikidata, a bit of history and short overview of the concepts used on Wikidata. After the general part I'll highlight several (wiki)projects relevant to GLAMs like authority control, cultural heritage and the sum of all paintings.


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Wikidata is a free linked database that can be read and edited by both humans and machines. I'll start with a general introduction. What do we put in Wikidata? What are the things we don't put on Wikidata? How to contribute constructively? How to maintain the data? How does it relate to Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects? How is the data used? What's the history of the project? What's this semantic web thing I've been hearing about? Didn't that die in the 2000s? I'll explain the different concepts used in Wikidata like item, property, statement, reference, etc.

After the general part attendees should have a general idea of what Wikidata is about and how it's used. To make it more practical and to inspire people I'll highlight some of the (wiki)projects that are active on Wikidata and probably relevant to GLAMs:

  1. WikiProject Authority control: Authority control is a process that organizes library catalog and bibliographic information by using a single, distinct name for each topic. Wikidata links to many sources for this and this is expanding rapidly. This work started on Wikipedia and continued to improve and expand this.
  2. WikiProject Cultural heritage: One of my previous projects was Wiki Loves Monuments. In Wiki Loves Monuments we gathered a lot of data that is spread around on different language Wikipedia's and stored in the Monuments database. Goals of this project is to import as much data as possible about our cultural heritage, thus making the database in its current form obsolete. We already have more than 100.000 items describing historical buildings.
  3. WikiProject Visual arts: How do we model things like paintings and sculptures.
  4. WikiProject sum of all paintings: A WikiProject to get an item for every painting in the collection of a museum. I'll show what we're working on and where we stand right now.