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

What can querying Wikidata do for me?

There’s a lot to Wikidata. The Wikidata Query Service (WDQS) is one of the most effective and efficient ways to help you make sense of all that data on Wikidata. This post will explore how you can use different kinds queries to get the most out of your Wikidata experience. Each different kind of query will include … Continued

Wikidata and Big Data at UVA

How do you describe things? Consider what you’re reading right now. Is this a blog post? Is it an article? Is it just a collection of sentences? Or is it a series of thoughts? I recently wrapped up a successful machine learning project as part of a capstone project at the School Data Science at … Continued

Comic book data on Wikidata: Graphic Possibilities at Michigan State

In April 2021 I was invited to give a talk at the Graphic Possibilities Research Workshop (GPRW) in the Department of English at Michigan State University. The GPRW has an extensive collection of comic books, with more than 50,000 records starting in 1888. The aim of this workshop is to engage subject area experts with the goal … Continued

School data for the world

There are many different ways to contribute to Wikidata. Some of these ways involve manual edits, batch edits, and edits with tools. There are hundreds of Wikidata tools that serve many different purposes. One particularly useful tool is called Cradle. Cradle is a form-based tool users fill out to generate new Wikidata items. Forms are user-generated and are … Continued