Category: Wikidata

Category: Wikidata

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Discovering new comics with Wikidata’s powerful tools

Daniel A. Reboussin is a cultural anthropologist who serves as the African Studies Collections Curator of the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries. With his interest in open access digital resources and gaining a new perspective on expanding his own collections, he felt prompted to enroll in Wiki Education’s Wikidata Institute with 10 other … 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

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

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

How Wikidata might help the Smithsonian with its mission to diffuse knowledge

Clara de Pablo is a Fellow in the Office of Communications and Marketing at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. She enrolled in Wiki Education’s introductory Wikidata course to learn more about how to apply linked data practices to her work. My involvement with Wikidata began — as all great stories do — with … Continued