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Tuesday, July 31 • 1:30pm - 4:30pm
MT07 Integrating Wikidata with Your Research and Curation Workflows (Part 1)

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MT7 Integrating Wikidata with Your Research and Curation Workflows (Part 1)
Course Chairs: Daniel Mietchen, PhD, Data Scientist, University of Virginia
Instructor: Daniel Mietchen, PhD, Data Scientist, University of Virginia. Members of the Wikimedia community will contribute to the course.

Description: Wikidata is becoming a hub for structured data across a wide range of research fields, from cultural heritage to biomedicine. Since Wikidata is also multilingual, it has been described as the Rosetta Stone of the linked open-data age. This course aims to introduce participants to Wikidata and to highlight how it can and does contribute to workflows in or near the participants' fields of research. Prototyped at FSCI 2017, the course builds on similar workshops given in the past to various audiences – from librarians to economists to scientists and museum professionals – on how research workflows can be integrated with Wikimedia workflows. Since the launch of Wikidata in late 2012, the potential of integrating it with research and curation workflows has been explored through a number of activities, including initiatives that are using Wikidata to collect and curate information about paintings, pathways, politicians, proteins or publications as well as workshops or grant proposals.
 The course consists of two parts. The first afternoon will
  • provide an introduction to research- and curation-related workflows on Wikimedia projects like Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, Wikisource and Wikidata;
  • zoom in on Wikidata and on extracting research-related information from it.
  • The second afternoon will
  • focus on participants contributing or otherwise curating some research-related Wikidata content in their domains and languages of choice;
  • explore how various aspects of Wikidata (such as Wikidata identifiers, APIs, SPARQL endpoint, multilinguality, the Wikibase software, apps and tools) can be integrated with research-related workflows, drawing on scenarios provided by course participants.
The course will be taught on the basis of materials provided at https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/User:Daniel_Mietchen/FSCI_2018
While MT7 is about the roles of Wikidata in research and curation, WT7 is focused on its roles around education. Both sessions will have an introductory part about Wikidata, and participants of MT7 who also attend WT7 will lead this introduction for the WT7 course.

Tuesday July 31, 2018 1:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
BLB: Classroom 3