Join the Open Data Movement: Wikidata for Beginners

Join the Open Data Movement: Wikidata for Beginners

Are you new to linked data?

This course will…

  • Teach you how to contribute items, properties, references, qualifiers, and ranks to Wikidata
  • Ground you in data ethics, advantages of linked data, and Wikidata policies
  • Give you a firm grasp on how Wikidata’s community operates
  • Provide training modules on Wikidata’s best practices, interface, and applications
  • Teach you about data visualization from Wikidata to better illustrate contributions
  • Have you use Wikidata’s query system to answer questions
  • Introduce you to a series of resources to help identify projects for the future


If you’re already familiar with linked data practices and want a project-based course that explores more specific Wikidata tools and approaches, take our intermediate course.

Course details

Participants meet virtually on Tuesdays at 10am PT / 1pm ET for one hour to learn how to use, as well as contribute to, Wikidata. Weekly classes meet July 9th, 2019 through August 20th, 2019 (six weeks).

The $800 USD cost of this opportunity covers collaborative group sessions with peers, access to hands-on support from Wikidata experts, and technical training so you can successfully contribute to Wikidata. We encourage you to seek professional development funds to cover the cost of your tuition. We’re happy to work with you to provide your department or organization more information about the course. Download our course syllabus for employer documentation.


Downloadable syllabus


Participants will receive a shareable, electronic certificate-of-completion issued by Wiki Education upon course completion.

Participant expectations

  • No experience with linked data or Wikidata is required or expected.
  • Participants commit 3 hours/week, including a group meeting and independent work.
  • Participants will make significant contributions to Wikidata items and build projects for their institution with local data.
  • Participants must have access to the internet and a computer.
  • Participants will fill out short surveys at the beginning and end of the course and select participants will get the opportunity to be featured on Wiki Education’s blog.

Register by June 14th, 2019

Register before June 1st and get $200 off tuition! Or register with a colleague and get $300 off! Note: offers cannot be combined.



Contact us

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