Wikidata Showcase

Wikidata – The eagerly awaited promise of linked open data seems to have finally arrived: a multilingual, totally open database in the public domain, which can be read and edited by both humans and machines.”(Hinojo, 2015)

Wikidata is a free and open data repository of the world’s knowledge that anyone can read & edit. Wikidata’s linked database acts as central storage for the structured data of its Wikimedia sister projects and with 26 million items added in just four years is set to become the main open data repository worldwide.

Using Wikidata, information on Wikipedia can be queried & visualised as never before. This alone has generated enormous excitement but the sheer versatility of how this data can be used is only just beginning to be understood & explored.

This Wikidata event at Repo Fringe is scheduled for 1pm to 3.15pm on Friday 4th August. It will be split into two main segments.

Part 1: Adding data to Wikidata: the Wikidata hackathon.

The first session, from 1pm to 2.30pm, will focus on how to add data to Wikidata so this will include a short intro to what Wikidata is before looking at how individual items of data can be added to and, importantly, backed up with references as part of a data hackathon. This will then broaden out to how data can be bulk imported to Wikidata and exported from Wikidata and the variety of tools one can use to achieve this. This will include a demo of the Quick Statements tool and the Wikidata plugin tool for Google Spreadsheets. The event will very much focus on practical work.

Part 2: Querying and visualising Wikidata

The second session, 2.30pm to 3.15pm, will look at how the data in Wikidata can be consumed, queried and visualised; whether it’s Voltaire’s works, the collections of the National Library of Wales, an analysis of MPs’ occupations or the 3 million linked citations visualised using the new Scholia tool. This session will show through a practical workshop how SPARQL queries can be made to analyse datasets not just from Wikidata, but through federated queries, analysing data from multiple other sources.

Who should attend?

Absolutely anyone can use Wikidata for something, so people of all disciplines and walks of life are encouraged to attend this session. Basic knowledge of using the internet will be needed to get involved in the practical activity, but there are no other pre-requisites.

Anyone interested in open knowledge, academic research, application development or data visualisation should come away buzzing with exciting new ideas!

What should I bring?

Bring a laptop if possible as this will be needed when we learn to use and edit Wikidata.

Please also create an account on Wikidata before arriving. This takes only a minute or two and if you have ever edited Wikipedia before, you can use the same login details.


Hinojo, Àlex (2015-11-25). “Wikidata: The New Rosetta Stone | CCCB LAB”. CCCB LAB. Retrieved 2017-06-02.