Speaker Series: Wikidata’s 10th Birthday

At the end of October, Wikidata, the-open-knowledge-base-that-could, turns ten! What better way to celebrate than by having a series of in-depth conversations all month long profiling Wikidata Initiatives and the impact that Wikidata has had on the world. Whether you’re a Wikidata newbie, a seasoned expert, or somewhere in between, join us as we reflect … Continued

Recognizing the legacies of LGBTQ+ pioneers

In celebration of Pride Month, Wiki Education recruited participants, particularly faculty or graduate students in the LGBTQ+ community, for another Wiki Scholars course focused on expanding Wikipedia’s coverage of notable LGBTQ+ people. We regularly run Wiki Scholars courses throughout the year, but the way this course came to be was especially important to us. “We … Continued

Elevating diversity in academic research software development

One of the best ways to learn about Wikidata is through examples — examples of property usage, query examples, and examples of well-modeled items. When we started our Wikidata program back in 2019, there were far fewer items — and even fewer well-developed items. Even though the early examples of well-developed items are technically excellent, … Continued

More Wikidata metrics on the Dashboard

We’re excited to announce some new updates to Dashboard statistics regarding Wikidata. As of April 2022, the Programs and Events Dashboard shares Wikidata details about merges, aliases, labels, claims, and more! In early March, we rolled out the final batch of improvements from Outreachy intern Ivana Novaković-Leković. Ivana’s internship focused on improving the Dashboard’s support … Continued

Property exploration: How do I learn more about properties on Wikidata?

Let’s talk about relationships — nothing gossip-y — but, rather, how does one thing relate to something else? On Wikidata we talk about relationships using something called properties. Part of the semantic triple (subject, predicate, object — or in Wikidata parlance, item, property, value), properties define how one thing relates to another on Wikidata. Is it … Continued

Understanding diversity through Wikipedia and Wikidata

Wikipedia is a tremendous resource. It is also a biased resource, lacking in diversity in any number of ways. Wikipedia isn’t the only source that suffers from systemic bias – most collections do, whether it’s from an art museum, library, archive or elsewhere. Initiatives to improve representation within collections are becoming more commonplace, which is … Continued

Join us at WikidataCon!

Today is Wikidata’s ninth birthday — and what better way to celebrate than a conference? WikidataCon 2021 begins today! The conference spans three days (October 29–31), several tracks, and so many sessions, so we thought we would share a list of sessions that might be of interest to those of you in the GLAM and education sectors. Some … Continued