Category: Wikidata professional development

Category: Wikidata professional development

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Black Lives Matter in Wikidata

Gina Solares, MLIS, is a Librarian at the University of San Francisco. Her work is focused on cataloging and metadata projects such as special collections cataloging and data cleanup.  I recently had the opportunity to participate in the March 2021 Wikidata Institute, a Wiki Education course designed to increase engagement with Wikidata. The course introduces … Continued

Libraries and Wikidata: Using linked data to expand access to library collections worldwide

Libraries are among the many institutions that benefit from linked data sharing on Wikidata. Sierra Laddusaw, an assistant professor and curator at Texas A&M University, participated in one of Wiki Education’s Wikidata Institute courses this past fall. As someone with professional capabilities in archives and academia, Laddusaw’s experience using Wikidata is a testament to the … Continued

Using Wikidata as a tool for inter-institutional collaboration and accessible collection data: SFMOMA

  Wikidata’s emphasis on context, accessibility, and data visualization makes it a relevant asset to cultural institutions like museums, as a way to document art facts and history. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is one such institution becoming increasingly interested in the possibilities of using Wikidata to explore collaborative art documentation in … Continued

“SPARQL, baby!” – How linked data inspires me to be a better archivist

Arabeth Balasko is the Photograph Archivist at the Anchorage Museum. She recently participated in the July 2020 Wikidata Summer Institute course, and reflects on how linked data inspires her to want to be a better archivist in this guest blog post. con·nec·tion/kəˈnekSH(ə)n/ – Noun: “A relationship in which a person, thing, or idea is linked … Continued

Using Wikidata as a tool for digital archives: Dr. Anne Chen of Yale University

Anne Chen is a postdoctoral associate at Yale University, trained as an art historian and archeologist. She participated in our July 2020 Wikidata Institute course, where she discovered the practical applications of Wikidata in her own work and classroom.  Chen offers a useful perspective to the Wikidata platform and course program as an academic and … 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

Happy 8th birthday, Wikidata!

Wikidata is 8! Let’s celebrate! In eight short years Wikidata has grown from a central repository for all language versions of Wikipedia, to an increasingly essential fixture of the internet. Wikidata endeavors to represent the world’s knowledge as linked data. Linked data is the connective tissue that brings life and context to concepts, web pages, … Continued