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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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Re-visualizing Wikimedia content

Demonstrations of applications and new interfaces that re-organize and re-visualize (cultural) information from Wikipedia, Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons.


Chair: Sandra Fauconnier


Wikipedia in het Museum kiosk


How Wikidata data can benefit Histropedia and other 3rd party projects, and why donating data opens up a world of possibilities

Speakers: Navino Evans, Sean McBirnie (UK)

Histropedia is a project using Wikidata and Wikipedia to create an interactive timeline of everything in History. Our goal is to build Histropedia into a complete resource for exploring, discovering, comparing and analysing History. Although Histropedia is a private company, these aspects of the project will always be completely free to use and all timelines created are published under an open license. To make this project possible we need access to as much structured data as possible, especially data that is important and relevant in a historical context.

As well as demoing the latest improvements to Histropedia, we will present our plans for the next phase of Wikidata related features, and draw attention to importance of the GLAM-Wiki initiative in furthering the development of the resource we are trying to create.

One area that we will highlight is how the flow of data from GLAM institutions into Wikidata can bring vast benefits to the data donors themselves, such as the power to run advanced queries or analyse correlations with other datasets. Of course, any data that is donated also becomes available for use in Histropedia or any other third party project which remains linked with Wikidata, helping GLAM institutions visualise their data in new ways and ultimately reach a wider audience.

We hope that Histropedia can play a role in showcasing the vast potential of Wikidata to transform the way the world interacts with ‘sum of all knowledge’, and help to bring data donation into the discussion as one of the key goals of the GLAM-Wiki initiative.

Sum of All Knowledge

Speaker: Hay Kranen (NL)

Technical development within the Wikimedia movement focuses on improving the experience and content of the projects. However, the Wikimedia promise is about sharing knowledge. Why should the Wikimedia projects be the endpoint of our content?

The Sum of All Knowledge (previously: Sum of all Paintings) is a website (found at that offers an alternative way of browsing through Wikimedia content, with a special focus on using Wikidata to enhance the user experience. Because Wikidata offers categorization of every entity we can adapt the design of the page. Why should an article about a painting look the same as a biography?

Wikipedia in the Museum

Speaker: Hay Kranen (NL)

Most GLAMWIKI-related activities have been focused on getting content on Wikimedia projects: wouldn’t it be nice to give something back?

Museums struggle with adding rich, multilingual context about their works using new media. Most background information is still provided by text signs. Why can’t we use Wikimedia content to enrich and inform the visitor?

In this session Hay Kranen will demonstrate a new mobile-friendly, open source web application, commissioned by Wikimedia Nederland, that offers a curated selection of Wikimedia for museum visitors. Dutch museums have been using this app ‘on the floor’, and their viewpoint will be presented as well.