A First Date with Wikidata
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Venue: The Curtis Hotel
Room: Red Rover (3rd floor)
Wikidata is the evolution of Wikipedia towards a modern structured data system that promises to be not just the sum, but the interconnected mesh of human knowledge. In the last year, it has made large inroads with many museums and cultural institutions who are now contributing their linked open data collections, identifiers and authority control records. In a short few years, it has become the most practical and successful example of the semantic web in action, with more than 47 million items in more than 100 languages. Wikidata has emerged as part of a new strategic goal of "knowledge equity" in the Wikimedia movement.

Presenter, Andrew Lih, has given Wikidata training sessions to the staff of the Smithsonian Institution, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Library of Congress, OCLC and other cultural institutions and his teaching materials are used widely in the instruction of GLAM institutions.

This overview and tutorial will introduce the origins and fundamentals of Wikidata as it pertains to museum professionals. It will show how institutions have enhanced their own metadata and lead attendees on how to contribute to Wikidata, how to use the SPARQL query language and the technical tools to display multimedia collections and ontologies.

Type of Session
60-minute Professional Forum or Hands-on Demonstration
Session Leader : Andrew Lih, Principal, Digimentors Group