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Wikidata for Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums workshop
November 14, 2014
10:00 - 18:00
StayOkay, Amsterdam


Wikidata is a free linked database that can be read and edited by both humans and machines. Wikidata acts as central storage for the structured data of its Wikimedia sister projects including Wikipedia, Wikivoyage, Wikisource, and others.

Wikidata also will provide support to many other sites and services beyond just Wikimedia projects! The content of Wikidata is available under a free license, exported using standard formats, and can be interlinked to other open datasets on the linked data web.

Wikimedia Commons is used to share multimedia files of artworks, among other things. Wikipedia is used to write about artworks. Wikidata can be used to work with structured data about artworks. For example, to link historic events and artworks, make family trees of artists, create timelines of art movements, etc.

During this workshop the possibilities of Wikidata will be demonstrated and there will be hands-on exercises to work with Wikidata.

Target audience

The target audience of this workshop:

  • Works at or volunteers for a GLAM.
  • Has experience in working with metadata of objects.
  • Has basic programming skills.

Goals of the workshop

  1. Gain understanding of the possibilities of Wikidata
  2. Examples of current tools that use Wikidata
  3. Hands-on practice
    1. Editing properties single data items
    2. Batch editing properties
    3. Batch item creation
  4. Wikidata Queries
  5. Discussion
    1. Wikidata feedback loop for GLAMs: what tools would GLAMs like to have to track their collection?
    2. Wikidata visualisations: what kind of visualisations would support GLAMs?


Presentation slides

10:00 Doors open
10:30 Introduction
10:50 General introduction of Wikidata
11:10 Examples of tools
11:30 Break
11:45 Hands-on session 1: Editing single properties
12:30 Lunch
13:00 Hands-on session 2: Batch editing properties
14:00 Hands-on session 3: Batch item creation
15:00 Break
15:15 Presentation Wikidata queries
15:45 Hands-on session 4: Wikidata queries
16:30 Discussion
17:15 Drinks
19:30 Diner with Hackathon participants (own expenses)


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