Wikidata:WikiProject Cultural venues/Datathon

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What is a Datathon?[edit]

In general, a datathon is an event that brings together data specialists over few days to work collaboratively on an issue.

For this particular cultural venues datathon, participants will work together in a relaxed and informal session to populate Wikidata with venue information. Participants will be supervised and supported by facilitators to make the activity as easy and productive as possible for everyone. This will not be a competition, but rather a collective effort in which everyone can contribute according to their skills and time. No previous Wikidata experience will be required. This (Wiki)Datathon is intended to be a unifying activity that supports the overall goals of this Wikiproject.

Aim and Scope[edit]

The Cultural venues datathon serves following goals:

  • support the practical learning of the whole community through guided editing sessions open to anyone;
  • increase the number of Wikidata items about cultural buildings, with a focus on performing arts buildings;
  • increase the quality of data about cultural buildings.


Cultural venues are an important part of the performing arts ecosystem. Theatres, concert halls, black boxes, music venues: these purpose-built facilities offer optimal conditions for audiences to attend live performances.

It’s important then, to make sure that these venues as well as the performances that take place within them are described with precision and accuracy by the entire ecosystem that revolves around these places and spaces. In order to meet the objective of creating the most complete and high quality database on performing arts buildings and spaces – jazz clubs, dance theatres, opera houses, performing arts centres, etc. – we invite the community to gather in an online datathon to enrich the quantity and quality of data related to cultural venues.

Where, when, how[edit]

Where: Online by Zoom (details below)

When: Monday, April 25 to Friday, April 29, 2022, with a wrap-up event on Monday, May 2, 2022

Detailed schedule and registration links:

The full schedule of official and supplementary activities of the Cultural Venues Datathon is also availabe in this Google Calendar view.

Help desk: Questions from participants and answers from datathon team members will be posted on this discussion page. You may ask your questions directly on this page by creating a new topic.



Performance indicators

Sample items

Here are a few items created or edited during the datathon. These are items are instances of performing arts building (Q57660343) (or subclasses of) with has part(s) (P527) statements linking the main building to its individual performance space(s).


#Performing arts buildings with geolocation in Canada, viewed as a map
select distinct ?itemLabel ?item ?géo where {SERVICE wikibase:label { bd:serviceParam wikibase:language "[AUTO_LANGUAGE],en". }
  ?item wdt:P31/wdt:P279* wd:Q57660343 ; wdt:P17 wd:Q16 ; wdt:P625 ?géo .
                                            minus {?item wdt:P31 wd:Q130003 .}  # Excluding sports venues
                                         MINUS {?item wdt:P31/wdt:P279*   wd:Q41253 . # Excluding movie theatres
Try it!
#Performing arts buildings without geolocation in Canada 
select distinct ?itemLabel ?item where {SERVICE wikibase:label { bd:serviceParam wikibase:language "[AUTO_LANGUAGE],en". }
                                       ?item wdt:P31/wdt:P279* wd:Q57660343 ; 
                                            (wdt:P17|wdt:P495) wd:Q16 .
                                        minus {?item wdt:P625 ?geo .}
                                        minus {?item wdt:P31 wd:Q130003 .}
                                         MINUS {?item wdt:P31/wdt:P279*   wd:Q41253 . # Excluding movie theatres
Try it!

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