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Digital Day of Ideas – Wikipedia and Wikidata: the sum of all knowledge

16th May 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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The Digital Day of Ideas event is an annual showcase and networking event for digital scholarship across the University, featuring workshops, seminars and invited speakers from the wider Digital Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences community.

After lunch there will be the opportunity to explore digital methods in one of eight practical workshops including:

Wikipedia and Wikidata: the sum of all knowledge

Ewan McAndrew (Wikimedian in Residence, UoE)

Wikipedia is the 5th most visited website in the world and the largest reference work on the internet.Wikidata, the database that anyone can edit, serves as the semantic backbone for structured data in Wikipedia and its sister projects. Unlike other digital intermediaries, its open editing model is completely, ruthlessly transparent.

Yet, while it is the website that anyone can edit not everyone does or knows how to. This practical session will help provide a more informed approach to navigating how to use, contribute to & evaluate the free & open encyclopedia.

Using Wikidata, information on Wikipedia can be queried & visualised as never before. Beyond this, SPARQL queries can analyse datasets from Wikidata, and through federated queries, analyse data from multiple other sources.

This session will include a look at how data can be added to Wikidata and how it can be consumed, queried and visualised; whether it’s Voltaire’s works, the collections of the National Library of Wales, the Atlas of Hillforts project, an analysis of MPs’ occupations or the 3 million linked citations visualised using the new Scholia tool.

Click here for more information on the Digital Day of Ideas and Registration


16th May 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Business School
29 Buccleuch Pl
Edinburgh, EH8 9JS United Kingdom
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