Structured, linked, open data

How is data structured on Wikidata? Every item of data on Wikidata represents a unique entity so is given a unique Q number to identify it. Douglas Adams is Q42. Can you guess what Q13 is? Within these item pages, information is stored in a series of statements. A statement consists of claims which are […]

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FAQ and Further Reading

FAQ What is the difference between Wikidata and DBpedia? How do you find which properties to use on Wikidata? You can go to a high profile example to see the properties used on their item page. e.g. RMS Titanic if you are interested in properties for ships. Alternatively, you can use the PropBrowse tool and […]

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Practical – Let’s get nautical

Creating Listeria lists is a great way of finding out what information Wikidata possesses and, by extension, what Wikipedia may be missing. e.g. WikiProject Women in Red use Wikidata red lists to ascertain where to focus their editing efforts when creating new pages about notable women. MySociety use them to identify politicians missing from Wikidata […]

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Practical – Women in Medicine

Listeria is a very powerful tool that lets you create dynamic bespoke lists pulling from Wikidata which you can read/write to from Wikipedia. For it to work, you need to have a Wikipedia userpage in the first instance. Part 1 – Creating a userpage on Wikipedia. Step 1: Go to Wikipedia. Step 2: Login with […]

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Introduction to Wikidata

What is Wikidata? Wikidata is a free linked database of secondary data that can be read and edited by both humans and machines. Wikidata acts as central storage for the structured data of its Wikimedia sister projects including Wikipedia, Wikivoyage, Wikisource, and others. NB: You can access the other projects from the foot of Wikipedia’s […]

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Getting started

Welcome to our Wikidata Hackathon event for the Festival of Creative Learning 2018. Pull up a chair and get comfy.   First steps – Introductions Grab a tea or coffee. Sign in on the sheet provided. Power up your computers and log in to the wi-fi (guest logins are available). Introduce yourself on the Etherpad […]

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