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Welcome to my Wikidata userpage
I am active in the Visual Arts project and "Sum of all paintings" project. I made the overview page for Hofstede de Groot. I work mostly on Dutch 17th-century art, such as getting more Frans Hals paintings on Wikipedia, but I am also known for my listeria lists of painters or paintings. These lists are generated from Wikidata, where painters and paintings are linked via various properties to external sources, such as GLAM databases, dictionaries of biography, or art catalogs. I have been active working on catalogs of paintings and matching these to paintings of galleries that include paintings; see The Art Gallery of Jan Gildemeester Jansz (Q17337965), The Gallery of Cornelis van der Geest (Q19960951), or Archduke Leopold Wilhelm in his Gallery in Brussels (Q19960950) as a 17th-century view of the first art catalog Theatrum pictorium (Q26709924).
I am also a member of the WMNL Gendergap workgroup and keep a Gendergap report here in my userspace which I update a few times a year using Wikidata queries.
I enjoy trying out new tools to help visualize art through the centuries. I can recommend the query service, the mapping tool and histropedia. On my wishlist are 1) way to link a painting item directly to specific mentions in old Wikisource entries (such as the Italian wikisource version of Vasari, the grandfather of art historians, but also illustrations of people, places or concepts), and 2) a slider tool on commons to slide an old painting across a mirror-image engraving of it or an modern x-ray version of it. Other suggestions I have had have been made into tasks on Phabricator (such as T99899 for looking up painters or paintings by ID numbers, or T120780 for media viewer improvements when the media is a painting or other artwork already on Wikidata).
Wikidata as an art hub
Wikidata looks fairly sparse and can seem very confusing to art lovers who expect to see full color representations of artworks. Wikidata is not illustrated, and for artworks this is irrelevant anyway, because Wikidata has lots of data about artworks that cannot be hosted on Wikimedia Commons due to copyright restrictions. Wikidata may or may not contain an artwork, depending on (1) whether the artwork is in a collection that has been included as part of a project, such as an art catalog or a museum collection, or (2) whether the artwork has a Wikipedia article in some Wikipedia language. Once in Wikidata, the item for the artwork may undergo several revisions, as data is added to it by various projects. A typical example is updates to the label for each Wikipedia that creates an article for the artwork, whereby the new label is added to the proper language label. Sometimes the record is updated because the artwork falls under the radar of some other project, such as an effort to gather all paintings of waterfalls, or all artworks in a specific city, or all artworks from a particular catalog. To understand the benefits of working on items in Wikidata, it may help to follow the efforts of external parties who are interested in sharing their data with Wikidata as a low-threshold way of joining their collections to Linked Open Data, such as this set of short films in Dutch by the Flemish project "Packed vzw" (more information in English is here: Wikidata:Flemish art collections, Wikidata and Linked Open Data/Whitepaper).
Where are the paintings?
- Paintings on Wikidata per year of creation: query
- Map of paintings on Wikidata per collection: query
- # of paintings per collection by order of most->least: query
From February - July 2016 I was hired by the TED staff as a "Wikipedian in Residence" along with Andy to handle their TED talk data donation to "Wikipedia" which you can observe here. More information is available on Outreach.
- File:Wikimania 2016 - GLAM by Liam Wyatt, Jane Darnell.webm - Wikimania 2016 This presentation explains how a data donation can leverage previously donated information such as images, but also illustrates some use cases for useful tools like Listeria and Glamorgan. See the accompaying screenshot used in the presentation for more links here.
- File:Jane Darnell WCN 2015 Wikidata and Lists 28-nov-15.pdf - WCN 2015 These slides explain the use of lists based on Wikidata items for paintings (part of SoaP)
- File:Jane Darnell WCN 2014 Gendergap on Wikipedia 1-nov-14.pdf - WCN 2014 Updated version of my 2013 gendergap presentation disussing some stats on gendergap in Wikipedia's reliable sources, such as old mistakes in attribution for women painters,
- File:Jane Darnell - Presentation Women on Wikipedia - WCN 2013 Utrecht.pdf - WCN 2013 These (Dutch) slides explain the problem of Art&Feminism biographies, looking at the women artist bios on Wikipedia from the perspective of both gendergap in participation & gendergap in sources, which are together the most probable causes for the gendergap in Wikipedia articles
- File:Edit-a-thon 12 October 2013.pdf - Post-WLM2013-editathon These slides capture the discussed tips and challenges of cross-wiki translation of heritage-location based Wikipedia articles during an editathon (part of a WMNL collaboration for WLM)
- http://tools.wmflabs.org/autolist/autolist1.html (Superceded by https://petscan.wmflabs.org/)