Wikidata at the Detroit Institute of Arts

If you’ve ever visited a museum or library, you’ve likely noticed the number of works in their collections. You may have even asked a librarian a hyper-specific question about a book, only to have an answer within minutes. How do they keep track of vast amounts of information in order to both serve their patrons … 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

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